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How much per hour??

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by domore, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. domore

    domore Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Hello everyone.:waving:
    Trying to help a buddy out,he bought a trackless sidewalk snowblower but he don't know how much to charge per hour.
    Anyone know how much to charge? Thanks.:help:
     
  2. gmcsirrra

    gmcsirrra Member
    from maine
    Messages: 78

    I don't run a commercial plowing business but I don't know what exactly what your buddy plans to snow blow but when I plow driveways my average drive im getting 20.00 a storm for anything under 6 inches and an additional 10.00 for anything over 6 inches also tack on additional for shoveling steps and walkways after the storm and also if the client desires that I clear whare there cars were while I plowed ill charge em more for that and sand and salt as well which I spread with a cut up bleach jug sense I don't have a sander and don't plan to get one id charge em a rate for the storm and not by the hour unless its an employee for a company you run id pay them atleast 12.00 an hour
     
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,164

    .....what!!?
     
  4. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    As a sub or as a contractor ?
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    What in the world does this rant have to do with a machine doing sidewalks?
     
  6. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,976

    I no I'm new here, but at some of the rates I see how do these guys pay for their insurance? As far as this, at least $50.00 an hr.
     
  7. gmcsirrra

    gmcsirrra Member
    from maine
    Messages: 78

    the rant basicly speaks that id go a fixed rate over an hourly rate say I was to snow blow a driveway that took 20 minutes and I was charging 10.00 an hour how would you make money
     
  8. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Period
    Comma
    Sentence break

    :dizzy:
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,963

    Driveways don't USUALLY charge by the hour so your point is moot.
    So again your rate is not helping at all.
     
  10. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    I would say in the ballpark of 125 an hour. Those holder style machines aren't cheap.
     
  11. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,097

    It depends on your area . Some areas get more snow than others . It seems the more snow you get the less you get paid for it. You really need to find out what the rates are for your area.
     
  12. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760

    May I send you some subs at half that rate ?
     
  13. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    You could, but I have no use for them.
     
  14. On a Call

    On a Call Senior Member
    Messages: 760


    So are you for real at charging 125 for side walk guys ??
     
  15. domore

    domore Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Thanks for all the replies but maybe a bit more info will help.
    I'm a contractor and I am doing snow removal on a 27 km gravel road. We had a fare amount of snow up against wheel guards. Not enough for me to send one of my guys with my loader and loader mount snowblower.
    My buddy just bought this trackless and I wanted to help him out, so I asked him if he would go. Took him a total of 3 days and a total of 19 hours including his down time. First 2 days he had a few problems and had to return home both days, he finished on the 3rd day.
    I could have done it with my loader and blower in about 3-4 hrs, if he didn't have problems he could have done it in maybe 5-6hrs.Thanks
     
  16. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    For a machine running municipal sidewalks yes. One of those machines new is over 120k.....
     
  17. gc3

    gc3 Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    Come up with a number that you think your sidewalk clearing is worth. Think about the gas used, the time to get there, how long your there, How long the sidewalk is.
     
  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,512

    That's easy you charge $10 as
    you do have a minimum charge????

    $10hr will get ya labeled a lowballer.

    so if your a legit business and have all the cost involved in hiring a shoveler, you sure need to charge more than $10 a hr for him to go shovel.


    You need to know your costs.
    your costs will be different than mine.

    I might not be looking for a lot of work,
    Just places that will pay my rates.

    There will always be someone who charges less and some will charge more.

    Don't use a # you "think" may work, you can loose money that way.
    KNOW the number that will work.
    You have to know your cost of doing business,
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
  19. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,164

    I think this was where he lost me...

     
  20. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    After reading your second post it seems more like you arent asking how much to charge but how much you should pay him.
    Why doesnt he know what to charge if he goes and buys that machine?
    Why does he work for 3 days without knowing what he is going to get paid?
    Not really adding up here