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Keeping my route tight

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by chesterlawn, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. chesterlawn

    chesterlawn Member
    Messages: 87

    I got back into plowing about 4 years ago and decided to take a different approach. I used to take any job almost anywhere, I guess I had more energy back then. Now the farthest I go north is 3 miles, the farthest south 2 miles, and east and west about 2 miles each way, I've turned down jobs out of that range I used to shovel or snowblow walkways, and in front of the garage doors, no more. No more salt either, I don't get out of my truck unless I want to stretch. I tell my customers this up front and I have had 0 complaints and many compliments. My route takes me less than 5 hours and I make a little over $1400 each plowing, I know some wont believe me, because I see what some expect to make an hour, but it's the truth. I just do residential,I live in a good area, and charge $25 to $125 per drive and I plow 1 private road. I'm enjoying doing it this way alot more.
     
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    X2... for a single plower a tight resi rout is where the money is Get a Jeep and you will be able to increase your number of houses. :)
     
  3. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    I have the tight route one truck business model and the money is in residential for me. I will be literally littering the current neighborhoods I'm in next year. If I get the contracts I expect, I will be seriously looking to get a jeep with a v plow.
     
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I dont get out of my truck either...close route and alot of resi work is the way to go
     
  5. Montosi82

    Montosi82 Member
    Messages: 62

    same boat as you guys. had two trucks last year and wasn't worth it. My route is more in a straight line instead of a central location with a small radius. end to end 8 miles but never more then a few houses between stops. In the truck the whole time.
     
  6. ColoradoProWash

    ColoradoProWash Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I think your method is very good. We provide our other services all over Colorado but since we are a small snow plowing company we are trying to stick to a smaller route as well. I think it's also important to try and network with people within your state so you guys can trade off work.
     
  7. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    tight route is the way to go. mine is more spread out than i would like it to be but over the next few years i hope to gain more busisness closer to my current route
     
  8. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    I wish I could have all my customers in one area. Here in the rural areas, you have to take what you can get.
     
  9. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    i don't necessarily look at it from a "tight route" perspective. i look at it from a dollar per hour perspective. naturally, keeping a tight route eliminates driving time and increases the $/hour ratio. however, if i can get enough money for an "outlier" from my route, i will take it if it satisfies my $/hr requirement when travel time is added.
     
  10. grassmaster06

    grassmaster06 Senior Member
    Messages: 417

    My resi. Route is tight but my comercial accounts are almost 20 miles awayfrom them, sometimes I really dread doing it.I like plowing but man do I need to make a change
     
  11. robertpkerrsr@h

    robertpkerrsr@h Member
    Messages: 40

    I believe you because I do exactly the same thing. I overall do a little less than you because I have a job and have to be at work at 8:30 a.m. every week day morning snow or shine. When I retire I plan on doing a little more plowing. Maybe?

    RPK
     
  12. barrybro

    barrybro Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    How many do you do?
     
  13. robertpkerrsr@h

    robertpkerrsr@h Member
    Messages: 40

    Two commercial lots. One residential apartment complex. Eight residential driveways and a few freebies. It takes me less than three hours on a typical one push storm. I get $525.00 I only get out of the truck once to open a gate if it was not left open. My customers are all real close together. I usually use about 1/4 tank of fuel. I have been plowing several of my customers for 38 years. No contracts, No questions No problems. I have an understanding with all of my customers that if they didn't think there was enough snow to plow and I plowed their driveway then I wouldn't charge them. So far I have always been paid. If it an't broke don't fix it.