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Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by Maple Ridge, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I secured (2) rite aid contracts from spring wise facility management company.

    Each lot is around 30ksqft

    I have (2) 2500 HD both with 10cuft holding capabilities. I guess my questions is you just carry 50lb bags of salt in your bed and reload when needed. Sorry I am brand new to this.

    I am going to be able to handle this parking lots fine and have time for residential?

    Also let me know if there is any information I am missing

    Trigger for rite aid and residential 3"

    Thank you,

    Maple Ridge
     
  2. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    Sounds like that's what you need to do for your situation
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    It astounds me when folks take on this kind of work without any idea on how long it.s going to take or what to do about salting, and he already has the contract....
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,957

    Totally agree. Seems like there are so many "need help bidding" threads with 1 or 2 posts only. Jeesch
     
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,244

    When you say 10cuft capacity are you referring to Tailgate spreaders? If so load when your ready to spread otherwise the material in the spreader will compact and possibly freeze before you use it. Also you may want to look into a vibrator to reduce bridging along with help feeding the spreader. Depending on what the spreader you have you may be able to run bulk otherwise it's bags.
    If they expect "wet" asphalt you're going to through a lot of bags and have the expense to go along with it.

    In theory you should be able to handle both lots and several resi's with one truck.

    It's a yearly occurrence, but we all started somewhere.........
     
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    I could see asking for help on a bid or what did you do,
    Questions being asked way back in July or August.
    we're in season now, ie were plowing.

    He has no idea how long it will take.
    This tells me he has no idea how to even bid in the first place and he has
    The contract

    Will he make $$$ or loose his shirt.


    Hint it takes longer when there is more snow and when you don' know what your doing
    Or how to Handel salt
     
  7. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Buff

    I appreciate your reply it was very informative. Thanks to you other guys bashing a new guy much appreciated as well. I guess you knew it all out of the womb!
     
  8. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    I know ,and every year I Give them the same help.

    From what I can tell he has never even plowed his own drive before?



    Your assuming he even knows what is in the contract.
    As he doesn't have an idea on how long it takes and his assumptions all Rite-Aids are the same and receive the same amount of snow.
    Or how or were to stock pile salt ahead of time if need be.

    As I said he' s late to get out of the gate.
    And I believe he's way in over his head.

    But good luck anyway maple ridge
    Hope your still around next year and growing
     
  9. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    SnoFarmer,

    The parking lots are not big. I have two tailgate10cuft tailgate spreaders in each equipped with vibrators. I estimate each parking lot will take one hour. At current we have 2 2500 hd trucks and 1 1500. I am curious as to why you think I am in so far over my head?

    You come off as a complete ass btw.

    Zach
     
  10. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    snofarmer

    I also serviced 120 residential driveways last year. So no this won't be my first time plowing.

    Zach
     
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489


    Life can be brutal, the thin skin'ed don't last long
    In this dog eat dog industry .

    Hazing lives, when you ask the q you did right out of the gate.

    Some of us plowed for someone else, learned the ropes, paid attention,
    Then we went out on our own,
    So yea we have paid our dues,
    So stop complaining about free help.

    Chalk it up and go
     
  12. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    SnoFarmer

    The lots are staked out, drains will be kept cleaner, store managers directed where to try and put snow.....
     
  13. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Snowfarmer,

    don't tell me to stop complaining about people giving help i was only complaining about the person NOT giving help you! and of course I read what was in the contracts and etc.

    You should treat people with more respect.
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    Because of you first Q

    I think to my self, how can he bid and not know his costs?
    He,s bound by a contract that he could loos his shirt on.
    This doesn't mean you are going to, you could come way out ahead

    But the q lead me to believe you got the bid without knowing the basics.
    And it wasn't just me that thought it.


    Yes I agree if your there for more then a hr your loitering.
     
  15. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I actually thanked the one post that was informative.
     
  16. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,244

    If you come from a long line of snow plowers you could have genetically wired at conception........... :laughing:

    It is late in the season to be coming up with a game plan and acquiring more work. A lot of guys including myself start thinking about what new property's / bids they're going after in June/July and have all bids sent out on September 1st.
     
  17. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    Stop,
    Chalk it up
    It's not my fault the quality of help is not up to your standards.



    I knew who you were referring to sunshine :waving:
     
  18. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Buff,

    This is only my second season and am still learning. Planning to get on things much quicker next year.
     
  19. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    snofarmer, when did i ever say the quality of the help was not up to my standards?
     
  20. Maple Ridge

    Maple Ridge Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    How could I lose my shirt on the contract? I don't understand?