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Just starting Snow Plowing in 2014

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Girts123, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. Girts123

    Girts123 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2

    We just opened a Landscape business this year and are looking for advice on how to bid jobs. Last year we had about 6-12 inches every time it snowed. We were asked to bid on a 55+ development close to our business (main road, driveways and sidewalks). How do you bid on that and what type of equipment is best?
     
  2. MI Green

    MI Green Member
    Messages: 87

    Might wanna check out the hiniker c folding plow for the driveways. I'd get a utility tractor with a power broom and snow blower with a drop spreader for sidewalks. If it was me I bid everything in pieces and then add it all together.
     
  3. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    Where in PA, - before I give advice
     
  4. Girts123

    Girts123 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2

    Thank you! We're in Southeastern PA, the outskirts of Harrisburg.
     
  5. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    How big is the place? Never hurts to have a few late model reliable 3/4 to or 1 ton trucks with either expanding or V plows, 8.5' minimum...and if you can swing it, a 50 hp tractor with a 6' blower. A back up or two is wise. But better 1 reliable late model truck or tractor than 6 old POS units. Quality trumps quantity when it comes to making money in the snow.
    As for bidding, how many hours total per push going at a steady but careful pace? Multiply the hours x $100 per hour, and add 10%. That is my advice, not knowing the details of your client's place..a baseline if you will.
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2014
  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    Hiniker C plow??? Not!!!! Unless you've got huge dealer support in your area. Not a bad plow, but really?
     
  7. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    Depends on your region, but this is sound, solid advice.
     
  8. cubplower

    cubplower Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    I agree with Harleyjeff and Buswell. Also, an extra salter/spreader wouldn't hurt either. You never know when one will freeze chain will break etc when your on a tight deadline
     
  9. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    How long will it take you to do it all? Multiply that times what you feel that you need to make per hour plus expenses, fuel, labor, etc...
     
  10. jmoriweb

    jmoriweb Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    ideally a bobcat/skid steer with attachments. They are great at getting into areas where a plow cannot get to and to pick up and piles and move them. And it should fit on a sidewalk if they are not too narrow. I would also get a pair of heavy duty snow blowers. Get a good brand with a light and electric start (you will be happy for that). In one of your trucks install an inverter for 1000 watts so if the snow blower does not start, just plug it in to the inverter and let it rip. I have had many instances where the snow blower would not start manually the first time out when it is cold and left out all night. The inverter does the trick.

    Lastly I prefer the V Plows as they can scoop making life a lot easier.

    Spend your money wisely and by good quality equipment. Things almost always break at 4am when you need it most and no one is around. Reduce those odds by paying a little extra.