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Old 11-08-2012, 06:19 AM
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Cost to run per hour

Hey everyone. I live in west central Ohio and I have never plowed commercially before. I have read through lots of post but can't really find my answer. I have a 99 f350 7.3 diesel and a new boss 8'2" v plow. Can someone advise how much this equipment will cost me per hour. I have contracted the truck, plow, and myself driving and would like to know how much per hour to put towards vehicle and plow maintenance and replacement. I have no clue how many snow events we average but I do know a simple 2" push will get me about 4 hours of work. I say this because I figure the amount of hours you push a year effect the cost to operate equipment. Can someone please help me out, I hope I will not be working for free after its all said and done.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:23 AM
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P.s. truck and plow are paid for but I do want to save back for replacement
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:08 AM
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Over the life of the equipment 60-100 per hour. Higher snow areas like Ohio might be toward the lower end, but figure $3000 for the vehicle, $1000 for the plow, $1500 fuel, $500-1000 insurance.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:11 AM
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Everyone's costs, or overhead, are different. Pay yourself a reasonable wage for operating the truck and the rest goes into the business. All expenses come out of that amount.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:51 AM
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I believe his question pertains to cost of maintenance and fuel only. Not what he should be charging for sub contract work. You also should think about adding a percentage of your insurances in there too.

I charge 80 an hour a piece for my cats and one tons, and I allow about 20 an hour for fuel and maintenance, and that is on the high side. it's probably closer to ten and hour providing I dont blow a tranny throughout the season.

That being said, I own all my equipment. And that number isnt including my liability, comp and vehicle ins.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:33 AM
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I havent kept plowing specific data yet, but my truck costs about .35 per mile so i would double that then multiply by 20mph plowing to be safe and that gives you 14 to 21 (if youre going 30) bucks per hour in very sloppy SWAG fashion.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:08 PM
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Thanks for info. I wonder how many snows can we expect a year in Ohio. I would like to figure how many hours use my blow will get per year and that will help me know my depreciation cost better also.
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