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my first time plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by coppertec, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    Hey all, I thought I would share some of my thoughts and experiences on my first month of plowing. Its been a fun experience so far and any reservations about my return on investment have washed away. I'm glad I made the leap into going big time. I'm currently only really doing subcontracting through another company here. I picked the right season to get into this too it seems because we have had about 50cm across 8-9 storms in the last month (one was a 25cm blizzard) , so with 2cm triggers, I've been a busy boy. All of my lots are clear at night, which i love. I still work my day job at the dealership 5 days a week, so my time management has been beastmode. I'll admit that I'm looking forward to a breather this week, since I'm going out for the 3rd night in a row.

    My truck has been going pretty strong too. The 4x4 noise has me a bit concerned since I only have one truck at the moment. Also, the cracked washer fluid tank means I had messy shields a lot, but i upgraded my wipers and installed a snow deflector, which has done the trick. I've doomed my back bumper 3 times now, so it's taken a beating, but I'm getting familiar with the size of this cruise ship, so from here on I should be ok. My next truck will probably be a short box with an extended cab or something(backup cam?)
    One fifth into the season and I'm already thinking about how I can expand next season. Second truck, or a bobcat. One or two employees. Lots that i manage on top of ones I subcontract etc.
    I've already got my foot in the door with oil companies and car dealerships that would take me on when I grow, so I can't help but have dollar signs in my eyes.

    Can't wait to see what is in store for me over the next few months!I also wanna thank this site for the insight, peace of mind, and help with research that has been provided.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Good for you,plan for a dry season to.
  3. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,806

    Lets see some pictures of the truck!
  4. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    some pics of the conditions here + of my truck





  5. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    sorry that they are coming in upside down
    a side profile is here too:

    yes im cautiously optimistic about having a dry season. the last 2 seasons were dry compared to what we've already seen, so it's sto;; fresh in my head. as it is, ive almost broken even for my first year, and there is still 4-5 more months to go!
    if mother nature continues to put out, i'll hit my 5 year breakeven goal (truck+plow paid off)
    at the end of the day, this is part time, so everything over and above is gravy. im just happy it just seems to be working


  6. Snoviper

    Snoviper Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    Looks good!Thumbs Up
  7. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Sounds good... but you really need to get someone to teach you how to use a camera ;)
  8. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    Hey, i push snow and sell cars..
    I'll leave that witchcraft to the artsie fartsie types rofl
  9. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    Thumbs Up................Welcome to the snow plowing industry
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    He probably uses that brand new truck with the plow on and beats the crap out of it,Then the sales guy tells you ,they never used it to plow the lot. But you look at the cutting edge already worn in for you and spilled coffee on the coffee holder!
  11. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    Don't worry about that! It came from the factory like that.
  12. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    Is it hard to plow upside down? Or are you in Australia? HA HA :dizzy::jester::laughing:Thumbs Up
  13. Stove

    Stove Member
    Messages: 79

    Good luck!!
  14. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Holy motion sickness. What a ride that was.
  15. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    When is snowing sideways up from down isn't as crucial lol!
  16. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,547

    Seems to be a few Ozzies on here today.:rolleyes:

    Good luck with your aspirations, as you can only go so far as your mind will take you.
  17. 07PSDCREW

    07PSDCREW Senior Member
    Messages: 859

    Makin money is nice, but slow down a bit and stop smashing the new truck bumper!!
  18. coppertec

    coppertec Member
    from calgary
    Messages: 52

    I call it plowing by braille
  19. poopdeckpappy

    poopdeckpappy Member
    from KC,KS
    Messages: 32

    It's a good feeling to see guys go out and taste success the same way that I have! There's nothing like being in control of your current and future financial status. It's a high in and of itself.

    Nice truck and plow. Do the best you can now on rust prevention to secure a higher resale value when your tired of looking at her. I might even buy it!