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How do you quote a plowing job?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by mishnick, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Hey guys & snowgirls too... I am a plow mechanic who is just installing a plow on my own truck for the first time, have installed hundreds of all sizes but never operated one. I have an F550 and haven't yet decided what to put on for a plow but I am rigged to run any Western Ultramount. I plan on either a wide-out or pro plow and some sort of sander, probably a Tornado or Ice breaker.

    My question is how do you decide what to bid on a parking lot or driveway for example? I understand that most sucessful operators have contracts where they get paid a retainer to be on standby snow or not and then they get more when they actually plow & sand.

    Any insight on pricing policies would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Find a good local contractor and sub to them for a few years....you may find you'd rather stick to installing.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    open your own shop. You'll make more money fixing other guys plows after they broke them.

    JUNKYARD Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Guys and girls
    this will be my first year in the snow plowing business , but now after reading the replys i am getting leary about getting into the plowing business show i rethink my plans
  6. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    I wouldnt do it, chances are you will problably start smoking heavily from the stress and die at a young age.
  7. 04WhiteSport

    04WhiteSport Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I say Sub from someone for a year or 2. When you figure out what you can plow and how long it takes, then you can get your own stuff. I , plow for someone full time then I have a few places that are my own accounts. Small apartment complex and several driveways. I find that I make more $$$ working for another company and they always can give you more work if I need it. Plus, I can bill the bulk of my time to one guy and one invoice which is 1 check. Billing for several driv es and waiting on several checks doesn't seem to add up the same.

    I sub from a company that has hand crews do all the sidewalks and stuff which is great. I can plow for 16 hours straight without getting out of the truck and stay warm. I even have the choice to plow NAKED if I wantet..... But I havn't. Yet!
    Long story short, You might have better luck as a sub to start out until you get some time under your blade. :)
  8. BlackKnight07

    BlackKnight07 Member
    Messages: 56

    I'm in the same boat as you are after much research and asking dumb question, I'm just going to go for it. I'm going to try and Sub for a year or so and see if i like it, if Not..
    I'll just sell the plow, its paided for.
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    The least you can do is grab a few driveways and try it out for the season.