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How to make money without a snowplow???

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by jonnyz37, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. jonnyz37

    jonnyz37 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    hey guys, im a lawn care / landscape guy in central ky. Snow here is hit or miss and most of the time is under 2 or 3" any event. So im leary of making the commitment to a plow set up. So my question is...how can I make some money over the winter without a plow? backpack blower on snow? other ideas? thanks guys
     
  2. Jfdvrod

    Jfdvrod Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    True that the snow may not be as frequent, but as I have learned from working in the L-ville KY area, the hourly rate you can charge is a bit larger. We charge $120 an hour to push snow in our area, I would imagine you can charge the same or more. In the northern areas, there is more snow but more snow plows. Get a used blade from up north and jump into the business.

    What are the hourly rates in the north???
     
  3. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Start a national snow company
     
  4. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,047

    Dust pan and broom




    What type of work are you trying to do? Commercial or residential?
     
  5. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    Talk to apts, churches, sm strip malls, ect. about sidewalk snow removal. A 2 man crew with snow blowers and chemical can do a lot of business. We price out at about $60 a man hour. Also a good way to grow into the plow business in the future. Do a great job and be timely, and they will want you to plow in the winter, cut in the spring.
     
  6. bk502

    bk502 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I am in Louisville too and am new to snow removal. I sent out out mailers to all of my customers letting them know that I offer this service. I have a church with about 2.5 acre parking lot that I am doing this winter. I went the cheap route and bought a light comm./resi. plow and a used 600 lb spreader. I also purchased a 36"snowplow shovel that looks like will kick butt in clearing sidewalks.
     
  7. jasburrito

    jasburrito Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Sell some plowing jobs and hire someone else to plow them. Puts you at distance from the work. I noticed almost all the sub's that worked on my house were not the actual company that was hired. Sub of sub's.
     
  8. charliemill

    charliemill Junior Member
    from 68104
    Messages: 7

    You can do a lot of houses with a shovel and decent snowblower
     
  9. Lcmains1

    Lcmains1 Member
    Messages: 31

    I agree, you can make a lot of money doing residential with Snowblowers and shovels. One guy and a truck can do 15-20 himself. At $40 a home profits can add up quickly
     
  10. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    maybe buy a used ATV or side by side, and attach a snow plow for small lots or driveways
     
  11. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    Get a plow for your zero turn mower that you already have. Use a walk behind spreader for salting. I don't do Craig's list, but check that for a used ATV or zero turn plow. Do residential and small commercial. See where that takes you and grow from there.
     
  12. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Finance a truck with a plow already on it... Then your not out of pocket on a plow set up...

    Land snow contracts and sub them to a guy with a truck