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How's your season going?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 94gt331, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. 94gt331

    94gt331 Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 293

    How's everyones winter going, seems like everywhere is getting lots of snow this year. Are you making money this year or has anyone with seasonals taking loss's. Anyone ready for spring or you happy to keep plowing longer?
  2. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Personally, I have a mix of seasonal and per-push accounts, so I am doing well.... theoretically. I am finding my customers very, very slow in paying, and this is the second time this winter that I am running out of credit for buying fuel and supplies. Luckily the weather is somewhat cooperating this week. I have already borrowed money from my parents just to keep operating, pathetic...

    Currently $40k+ outstanding... getting irritated. BUT they are all customers I have had for many years and they always pay, albeit on the slow side, really all I need is one or two to pay on time and I'm ok. But it is really lean in my house at the moment.

    Knock on wood, my equipment has been very, very good this year! A few minor issues, mainly electrical, but no major catastrophes! YAY! (which is good because I couldn't afford to fix them right now anyways!)

    I'll be glad when it's over, but I'm also glad its only February so if we get at least a little more I should have a profitable year.
  3. Mike_C

    Mike_C Senior Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 135

    I've been in business 15 years, and it's been the busiest. My guys are shot, I'm shot, we all need a break. Thankfully, after we get one more storm out of the way monday night into tuesday, we go to spring like weather for the foreseeable future. Winter's usually my time to get some rest and have some fun but I haven't hunted this year once, haven't gone fishing since before New Years, no long weekends away with the wife and kids and no time to work on my shore house that's still not back in to normal since Sandy. On top of that, I have over 100k on the streets in snow removal. Only bright spot is my expenses are covered so when the checks do start rolling in, things will start looking up. Plus we've had to deal with the salt shortage for the past month. I'm not ready for spring, I want to enjoy some winter down time, I'm just ready for a break
  4. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Busy winter, no more room for snow. Late December/Early January was a lot of rain followed by extreme cold so went through a lot of salt, then we started getting all the 10"+ snowstorms. The computer went bad so billing got behind. My typically best seasonal customer owes me a bunch of money, and while my expenses will ultimately cover themselves, I'm getting worried about whether or not I'll ever see that money. Per push accounts have been great with payment. 20" of snow Thursday night-Friday, 4"/hour on Friday morning...that was neat, now I hope I never see it again. Got done with cleanup today just as snow was starting to fall from the next storm. That dumped a little over an inch, so another Saturday night of scraping and salting...that's been the theme this year. Saturday night=snow plowing. Big year so far...more snow on the way!
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Almost 50" of snow.

    Average is 20".

    Was holding out to hopefully have an average season this year to retire some equipment when the spring money would start to roll in.

    Instead I keep dumping money into the old stuff, so even though it's a busy winter, seems like more money is going out than coming in. Too many repairs.

    But, overall I can't complain. Few good employees, great friends in the biz to help us out in a pinch, expenses are covered, and personal bills are still getting paid.

    Could be much worse..........

  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Snowy and cold!........
  7. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    The snow has come to a screeching halt here. It was hammer down, go go go from Thanksgiving till about two weeks ago. Lately all we've had is a bunch of 1" clippers. All in all its been a pretty darn good year but I'm ready for it to be over. I'm sure once May gets here I'll be ready for more snow! Hahaha
  8. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Epic winter, here in West Michigan. I believe we are over 120" of snow, with more forecast for tomorrow. Could not have picked a better year to get a tractor/blower going. All we run is my F350 with a 14' Ebling out back and a Boss V-XT up front. I believe we are close to 35 times out so far.
  9. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Winter has sucked up here in northern ny… storms have pretty much gone south! January I billed out a quarter of what i did in December. Feb, is looking ok but equipment is now going down. Lost transmission in my main plow truck with the sander in it late january. New transmission crapped out again after 60 miles, still waiting for that to be returned. Had my 3500 dodge crew cab dump set up for plowing, but a little rough plowing with that long of a truck. I also have an older plow on that truck i picked up cheap because i didn't expect to use it as a full time rig. Now that plow is down and I've had to put the smaller plow off my other truck on that rig, and i guess i need to go plow shopping monday. Sick of not making money and working on things all the time. Ready for summer!
  10. 04hd

    04hd Senior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 170

    Things are going ok here. Also have been playing the waiting game for checks to come in! I'm not running near the equipment, people or accounts that some are but there is still fuel, salt, and my time. Seem to really have ran through the salt this year. Usually 3 pallets a year does it for me but i'm on pallet 5 and its only mid feb. Spring can come when ever it would like, need a good thaw to clean cattle yards they are so froze and getting deep!
  11. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Single best winter yet for us. Everyone for the most part is paying on time so thats a plus. Looking forward to a few warmer days that are coming to get a little break.
  12. 94gt331

    94gt331 Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 293

    I know what it's like plowing with a long truck, it's tough on driveways especially small short one's like this one here.

  13. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    can make things interesting! i have a salt spreader hanging off the hitch too, that doesn't help.
  14. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Been more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
  15. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Terrible, we've only plowed 3 times with a total snow fall of less than 10". Luckily we have gotten several small dustings and ice events which were able to make some money. Seasonal average is 32" so I doubt will even come close to half that.