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Fair Pay?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Arc Burn, Nov 6, 2002.

  1. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    Hey guys, my father is helping me out this season with 35+ res. drives.My question is what is fair pay to him for using his 98 chevy with one of MY 7.5 'fisher minute mount plows?truck is his,plow is mine.I'm trying to keep his truck on the easier route and he's just helping me out untill i get a second truck of my own next year.I know subs get $40-$90/hr but what do you guys think?
    Thanks for the help.
  2. casey

    casey Banned
    Messages: 180

    Since it's your father I think the answer is really up to you what fair pay is.

    The one time my dad came out on my routes. Christmas Day, only 2 guys showed, he nearly had a heart attack.

    I bought him a steak dinner & drinks.
  3. long0

    long0 Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    The one and only time my father helped me plow, I though he was going to bankrupt me.

    Somehow, he thought that since he was dad, he got paid double.

    Overall I agree with Casey

  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    This reminded me of when I talked to my Dad last summer. He's in Iowa. I offered him a job plowing snow if he moved here. So then he goes around town telling people he's got a job waiting for him in Maine. Somehow I doubt he's moving out here at 75 years old. Watching this thread, maybe I should set wages first, before he does.
  5. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    I would pay him the same going rate as any subcontractor would get in your area. He would probably be very reliable, and do a good job because he would be looking out for your best interests. Letting him use the plow for nothing would be a small price for you to pay right now (assuming that you will be putting this plow on your second truck later) for the peace of mind that you would gain if you have a break down and there is still another truck that can continue to service all your accounts.

    Breaking down in the middle of the storm with 20 more accounts to do:

    Major Stress

    Having another truck available to you immediatly to finish the route and keep your wife from having to answer the phone from irrate customers:

  6. SLC1

    SLC1 Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I dont know what I would do without my Dad, he is my loader equipment operator. He has been a heavy equipment operator for over 35 years and he is amazing with the loader and pusher. And I know that he isnt going to beat the machine and will care about how the jobs get done. What he can produce with the machine is just awsome, and he is worth triple what I pay him. In two years he is going to retire and come to work for me full time, and I am counting the days down, because he is a very valuable asset. So in summary if your dad is responsible and reliable and willing to help out it is probably the best thing and will be the best employee you have, the only problem I have is giving my old man orders, I really dont like that but he doesnt seem to mind. Just my two cents
  7. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    Act like a teenager--use his truck and ask him for money to put gas in it.
  8. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    hahaha.... :) :D
    I like that idea!!!