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Driveways - any shoveling?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by kfish, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. kfish

    kfish Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    So when you guys drive up to a typical garage and backdrag just how close are you getting to the garage door and do you ever get out and shovel any snow away from the garage door or just leave it?
     
  2. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    depends on the account and how im feeling. Some people told me not to worry about it and not even to do the sidewalks because they like to shovel some. Other people want the works and get the driveway complety clean, along with sidewalks and poarchs.

    And some dont care and on those ones, usually if its one of the first 15, I do it, otherwise im tired after that and say F-it.
     
  3. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    as close as you can without hitting it...usually where the cement of the garage floor turns to blacktop...only leaves like 8inches to shovel
     
  4. Hmebuildr

    Hmebuildr Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    They dont pay me to get out and shovel and I dont include it in my plowing.
     
  5. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    I backdrag about 99% of it away from the door and push off to the sides. What little is left I will get out and shovel so yes.

    When I first started plowing I found myself shoveling alot more then I do now just because I have gotton better at using the plow to max efficency in tight areas.
     
  6. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I try to get as close to the garage as possible without hitting it. What's left isn't my problem.
     
  7. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,961

    I shovel it, but I also get $500 / season for a 20' x 30' driveway.
     
  8. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Against garage door, side walk and steps to front door, and with in 2 feet of any vehicle.
     
  9. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Yes i shovel. the little extra effort goes a long way
     
  10. SLAMllc

    SLAMllc Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 15

    I never understood why people won't shovel that little bit in front of the door. I have gotten so many accounts by other people not doing that little bit like 30 sec. more. That would be like cutting the grass but doing no string trimming around obstacles. I know my customers around here wouldn't stand for it. They paid for the driveway cleared. Not for what you feel like clearing. I personally don't see the difference in not shoveling that little bit and if they had a 15 foot wide drive and you only made one pass down the middle and told them thats good enough because they can get their car out if the stay on the cleaned part. I feel they paid for it to be cleaned so you clean it the best you can.
     
  11. SLAMllc

    SLAMllc Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 15

    I never understood why people won't shovel that little bit in front of the door. I have gotten so many accounts by other people not doing that little bit like 30 sec. more. That would be like cutting the grass but doing no string trimming around obstacles. I know my customers around here wouldn't stand for it. They paid for the driveway cleared. Not for what you feel like clearing. I personally don't see the difference in not shoveling that little bit and if they had a 15 foot wide drive and you only made one pass down the middle and told them thats good enough because they can get their car out if the stay on the cleaned part. I feel they paid for it to be cleaned so you clean it the best you can.
     
  12. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Right on.

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  13. kingriver

    kingriver Senior Member
    from alaska
    Messages: 217

    Yes I shovel the remainder. I believe that since they are paying for snow removal,,, removal is what they should get,,,:cool:
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2005
  14. kfish

    kfish Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Glad to hear the responses in favor of. So when you give them a price is it for the driveway only? Do you stay silent on the walk to the front door or do you charge additional, or just include it if they ask?
     
  15. Raydon

    Raydon Member
    Messages: 49

    I have some that I shovel and others that I am not required to do. It all depends on the way I quoted the job.
     
  16. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    The vast majority of the residentials are full service on the snow. I pull up on the RIGHT hand side of the drive, jump out and shovel away from the door first, so it all gets pulled out. I then do the walk and porch. The reason I pull up to the right side of the drive first, is because when I jump out, I'm not stepping in 2 ft. of snow that's in their yard. It takes some getting used to, because when I first started, I would just pull up in the driveway and jump out and start shoveling. Well, the thing with this, is that when I jumped back in the truck, I'd have to back up, then pull forward ling myself up with the edge of the driveway to pull it out. That was a wasted stroke of reverse - forward. That little bit of time adds up after awhile - not to mention the wear and tear on the tranny.
    I sure wonder what those guys with those Hinnikers have it like. With a lighter snow, I bet they can backdrag the entire length of a driveway, Two swipes out into the street and they would never have to turn the truck around. Just flip the plow and push it up on the curb. This is where back blades come in real nice, as well. Pull it all out into the street (or very end of the drive) and raise the blade while you're still moving forward to go past it just a little bit, one reverse, and the whole pile is going onto the curb or into the ditch (SOMEtimes two forwards).
     
  17. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Depends on the customer. Thats something you'd want to talk over when giving an est. Some wont care, some want it all. So to answer the questions... yes and no. Get as close to the garage for the ones that dont and shovel for the ones that want to pay for it. payup


    All_Clear
     
  18. Spudsnowremoval

    Spudsnowremoval Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Love My Hiniker

    Just hung a 8' Hiniker C plow. It's Sweet. I angle the plow guides so i can pull up to the garage door until they touch. That gets me about 4" off the door. Drop it and back out to the street. Flip it and push it up on the curb. It a beautiful thing.
     
  19. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    I took a clapboard off of a customer's house dropping my blade to back drag. It was a little too close!
     
  20. sailscall01

    sailscall01 Member
    Messages: 66

    Remember... If you were the customer and saw a little bit of snow in front of your driveway and paid $40-$50 for a plower to come out. You would say, where is the Value.. Let your accounts WANT you to come back.. I give my customers an extra value.. Discounts available for referrals.. You get a lot of accounts from referrals.. Give your customers what you would want and expect.. :salute:
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2005