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Back in the saddle again. Now i have questions.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Kermit1414, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Kermit1414

    Kermit1414 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I would first like to say, great site, great people.

    That amount of knowledge on this site is incredible. Thanks to all that contribute. Gotta love a search feature.

    Back in my college days i ran a plow on Long Island for the family business. After 25 years doing commercial finance, i am back in....:D

    The old ford f350...has been parked but maintained...and has 25,000 miles on it...like showroom new...well, for now...the fun part i have is i need another truck, 2 plows, blowers...and many extra parts.

    The area i am moving to see's 300 inches a year and 75+ days with at least one inch plus a day.

    Keep in mind, i know my #'s well. I have the residential down.
    But, pricing CONTRACT commercial work has me stumped at his rate of snow.

    On a commercial lot....needing plow/salt...with a 2in trigger...say on average of 2 hrs a day, 75 days @ $150hr = $22,500 + salting. Sound right?

    Take the same lot....zero trigger, zero tolerance...double the time...double the cost??

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    JT
     
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I don't live anywhere near you or even in the same Country but my guess is you're not going to see $150/hour for a pickup truck. All the power to you if you can. :drinkup:
     
  3. Kermit1414

    Kermit1414 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Never said anything about just using a pick-up....

    Even at that...the $150 mark might be a little high...for a pick-up.

    but not by much...

    Have a friend doing $120 hr doing drives.

    Do you live in your tuck?:D ......J/K
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If you have a set number of contracts the longer you plow the lower your hourly rate will be.At the beginning of the season I make 100% profit,then it starts to snow so your profit goes down.You just hope it stops snowing before you get to 0 profit.
     
  5. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    What do you mean by "Do you live in your tuck"

    You said you need 2 plows and 1 more truck. I guess I shouldn't have assumed you were going to use pickup trucks.

    Without knowing what you're planning on using it's kind on hard to give you an hourly rate.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Meant ,are you homeless!:)
     
  7. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Ohhh, I guess he meant "truck", no I think I have a home, or 2, or 3. :D
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You do have to keep rebuilding your igloo every yr.
     
  9. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Not this summer, it's the coldest I remember in a long time. What a change from last year. Almost to cold to golf today.
     
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Almost:D:rolleyes:
     
  11. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Actually worked today, but golfing tomorrow afternoon. Missed last weekend so I have to make up for lost time.

    I think it might be a busy winter.
     
  12. Kermit1414

    Kermit1414 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Im sorry...was just havin some fun.

    I apologize...started to become another newbie what do i charge type thread.

    Every job is different...Equit...size...difficulty...time.
     
  13. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    No worries, so were we.

    I'm sure you have most of your #'s figured out, unfortunately this business isn't cut and dry. You find out how much you make when it's over.