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.6 mile long driveway

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by BGehl, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. BGehl

    BGehl Member
    Messages: 89

    Hey guys,

    I have a small scale residential operation, with mostly standard suburban drives. In this area I have found $300 for the season to be a very fair rate.

    I had a chance to bid on a much larger driveway and I got it. Now i am trying to figure out if I was fair to them and myself.

    The driveway is 6/10 of a mile then a parking area that is about 75 by 75 feet. There is also another short 1/10 of a mile spur to a barn/shop.

    I am going to do one pass on the way in, clear the parking area and spur, and then one pass on the way out. I have a 7.5 western on a F250. No salt or shoveling. I am expecting about 20 plows for the year.

    I got it for $2000. So at 20 plows, it would be $100 a plow. Since I have not done a driveway of this size, i not sure how long it would take. Any guesses? I dont expect it to take me more than an hour, so it think i am at more than $100/hour.

    Does all this sound right? Am i missing anything? Let me know if you need any more info.
  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I would guess it will be closer to 45 minutes than an hour. I think you did good.
  3. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

    yeah sounds like a good deal for both parties
  4. BGehl

    BGehl Member
    Messages: 89

    Thanks to both of you.
  5. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I suspect you will have problems running one pass in and one pass out with a 7.5' blade. Keep in mind that fully angled, your trail off will barely clear your tires. Plus, (I don't know how much snow you typically get) as the season progresses, the banks to the side of the drive will build up, thus you won't be able to throw the snow as far. The drive will be very narrow, very quickly. Consider how the state/county/muni plows the roads. One pass each way WITH a wing plow PLUS they come back every few storms and cut the banks down with a raised wing plow. If I were in your situation, I would make at least two passes each direction and keep that drive as wide as possible to start.
  6. BGehl

    BGehl Member
    Messages: 89

    That might be the best bit of constructive advice i have gotten on this board. Thanks.
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    That's good advice. While we are giving advice, I would check that driveway closely BEFORE it snows for anything sticking up out of the drive you could catch your plow on. As said, you are gonna need to push that stuff out as far as you can, and on .6 miles you can get some decent speed to throw it out a good ways. You just don't wanna be going 20 when your blade catches on something!
  8. BGehl

    BGehl Member
    Messages: 89

    It is a brand new drive, just paved a month and a half ago, so there should not be too much to cause a problem. But when i stake it tomorrow, i will keep an eye open for trouble.
  9. HALH VT

    HALH VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 127

    While it's still early in the season, see if you can find somebody with a wing who will agree to widen it out for you as needed during the winter. A driveway that long will be a real pain to push back one bucket full at a time with a loader.
  10. RamPainting LLC

    RamPainting LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    Good Advice! I did the same methods when i was plowing in westchester NY as a kid, keeping the drive as wide as possible and cutting the banks back is key.
    $100 bucks a push would be good money, every 3-4"'s