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Green plower, potential business plowing a lot

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by BardicProse, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. BardicProse

    BardicProse Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hey all,
    I bought a 94 f-250 this summer with a fisher minute mount. I have the opportunity to plow the lot of the company I work for and they asked me what I would ask for each plow. The lot is about 200'x175' half of which is paved the other half is packed dirt w/gravel. There are half a dozen straight trucks parked in one half and usually a car or two as well as a fence which separates the paved/unpaved sections of the lot. I have no idea what to charge for a job like this. It seems as if it is a considerable amount of obsticles which would slow down my work, though on the bright side most of the week I will be at the building anyways before anyone else arrives. Do you usually use a cost/sq' formula for a job like this or an hourly charge? This would be the first time I ever plow something so I am rather clueless with the rating system. Any help with getting this figured out is much appreciated.
  2. Mick

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

    Strictly as someplace to start - $100 for anything up to 6".

    This lot is 35,000 sq ft or 8/10 of an acre. If it was open with no obstructions, it would take about 45 minutes. Based on the common $125/hr, that would be $93.75. Round up to $100. Factor in more for the split lot and the PITA factor for the obstructions (cars and trucks) and you'd be over $100. Now figure in your region being higher or lower than average for pricing. Now factor in anything else, like wanting to give a break for being your employer etc.