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Hello, Several questions about subbing with 1 ton and MX5100 w/loader

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Casper1, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. Casper1

    Casper1 Member
    Messages: 42

    Hello, I'm new here and have a few questions. I live in OH but I just got back helping a friend down in Charleston, WV. I took my F-350 (SRW) with an 8' Western down on the Friday of their storm. He was paying 80/hr plus splitting (evenly) any side jobs that tracked us down. Yes, there were business owners driving around looking for someone to clear their lot and we did 6-7 of these at 250-500 each.

    I do not do this professionally, but I do have insurance since I do our church as well as friends and family's drives. I have plowed on and off since '92 with my cousin and for the Geauga County airport. I was raised on a dairy farm so I also have the year round experience of moving "material" into piles.

    I would like to travel to a few big storms a year. I am a speaker for my full time gig so I can't really commit to local contracts.

    Is there a call for someone willing to travel to a storm?

    Is there travel compensation?

    I have the truck, but I also have an MX5100 Kubota 4x4 with a loader. The rear tires are loaded and I have 800 lb of wheel weights.

    Would it be worth my while to pick up one of those snow boxes and haul that along with the tractor?

    Would the hourly rate difference be enough to offset the additional 3-3.5K for a box?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Read this thread. http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=165984 It will answer a lot of your questions. Some States require permits and collecting sales tax etc... It can be a real pain in the ass. Sounds like you did okay, because you didn't have to travel too far, and were working for a friend of yours. I would venture to guess that it's almost always never that easy. Also, because you're insured in Ohio, doesn't mean that you'd be covered in another State. I'd guess not, unless you called your insurance provider and added whatever State you're going to to your policy. And they may or may not be able to cover you in that other State.
  3. Casper1

    Casper1 Member
    Messages: 42

    Thanks for the link. Good point about the insurance, I guess I'll ask my agent tomorrow. I'm glad (maybe lucky) nothing happened. I filled out a W-9 with my buddy, I will be getting a 1099 from him next year. I'm guessing he handled any and all of the logistics on taxes and permits since he lives there. I had another contractor offer me 100/hr while I was getting gas on Sat. They had a real mess down there.

    Maybe it's a bigger hassle than it's worth for what I want to do. It was kinda fun though.
  4. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    Why wouldn't he be covered in another state? As long as the policy is paid I would think he would be set. That being said, I agree with you that storm chasing would be a huge PITA. Personally I would be more concerned about blowing a transmission or something and being stuck somewhere spending every dime I made
  5. Casper1

    Casper1 Member
    Messages: 42

    My truck is very low mileage. I would never have done it with an older truck. BTW: If you ever need it, there is a guy in Ashtabula Co. not too far from you who does excellent work on transmissions. Mike Blood Enterprises.
  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Honestly, I'm not sure why. I know other people here have mentioned it, and when I got my policy from Erie insurance, they asked me for addresses of some of my sites. In any event, it can't hurt to verify with your agent. It only costs a phone call.