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First Year Owner here

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Mikesnowremoval, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Mikesnowremoval

    Mikesnowremoval Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Hi everyone, The name is mike. I have decided to go on my own this year and start my own plow business. I have worked for the last 7 years for a larger company but wanted to run my own. So here I am, just picked up a truck and plow and im ready to hit the ground running this season. I have already secured a rather large contract which includes about 100 houses. I am just looking for any tips or advice you guys can give me about starting out on my own. Thanks
     
  2. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    One truck and a plow, and about 100 houses? I'm gonna suggest a back up plan.
     
  3. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,933

    A single contract, for 100 houses ? Subbing for someone else ?

    Just curious
     
  4. Mikesnowremoval

    Mikesnowremoval Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Yes I am subbing for a larger company
     
  5. Mikesnowremoval

    Mikesnowremoval Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I do have a back up truck available to me if needed.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    EMT on site?
     
  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,238

    Besides a back up rig look into a back blade / pull plow.
    hope it's a tight route and not much shoveling unless you have a shovel guy/crew.
     
  8. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I hope they are small driveways on a tight route with no shoveling.
     
  9. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,964

    What is your estimated time for your route, start to finish?
     
  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,238

    5 an hour is 20hrs for one round, doesn't leave any down time when it's a all day or multi day storm.
     
  11. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,211

    Put the other truck on your going to need it. Your committed to the 100 drives. Cut it down to 10 hours. That's a good days work in a plow truck. Even a camel stops for water.
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    100 houses in 1 neighborhood, a few hours worth of work, unless they're all more than a couple hundred feet long.
     
  13. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    If you're only on each property for 5 minutes and there is zero travel time, thats still over 8 hours
     
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,238

    When properly equipped, a scenario like what you descried screams for a tractor and inverted blower or Back Blade on a pickup with a plow at a minimum.
     
  15. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    I can't comment on how long it would take based on residential experience but seems to me 100 drives would take A LONG time even if they were all next to each other. I would recommend a spare 4L80 on the shelf waiting.
     
  16. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,211

    I don't own a inverted blower or ran one. I have watched some videos of them in action. For residential drive they appear to be what I would want. Worthy investment. I do have a daniels back blade never impressed me much.
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    I watched some too, I am now a blower expert.
     
  18. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,675

    Ok Fellas...Let's get back on track

    Fred..100 houses in the same neighborhood is Very doable with the right equipment..Check out an Ebling..Plenty of videos out there..Tractor Blower combo would be perfect but that's a big investment..Ebling with a powerplow on the right truck will knock those out no problem
     
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,513

    Seems the word of the week is backplow.

    Start at 10pm, finish at 6am. Tell them to park the vehicles in the garage or on the grass. Also tell em on garbage days wait till your done to put the cans out. Suspend newspaper delivery on snow nights.
     
  20. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,050

    time for those disrupting the thread to move along

    thanks :waving: