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Need some help with what to charge for salting driveways

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by bad69bird, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. bad69bird

    bad69bird Member
    Messages: 54

    I have a 9 cubic foot Sno-way hitch mounted spreader that I use for a small commerical property. I have a contractor that asked me about salting the driveways after he's done plowing them.

    How much do you guys charge for an "average" driveway? I use bagged salt.

    Also, I don't have a plow just yet, but plan on getting one. What's the going rate for a plow/salt combo for "average" driveways?

    Thanks!:)
     
  2. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Normally i charge $20 to sand salt mix a residential driveway. do say X% mark up on all materials and then give the job a time est. price. If i plow and sand a residential driveway, i plow and sand for $30-40. BTW im looking at getting the sander that you mention, how do you like it? if you dont mind me asking, how much $?
     
  3. bad69bird

    bad69bird Member
    Messages: 54


    Thanks for the reply. I thought I was "black listed" or something! LOL

    I am really please with the sander. It took a time or two to get the bugs worked out. The first time I used it, I tried using bulk sand/salt mix...that didn't good over too well. Next time I went with bagged salt and what a difference. The last time I used it, I went with a different bagged salt and it was even better. I think that you just have to play around with different salt to see what it likes. The instructions say that it wouldn't do sand, but I thought about putting a smaller pulley on (so it will spin faster) and adding sand to the bagged salt and see how it does.

    My only issue is the flow rate controller (on the spreader), it likes it wide open. As soon as I try to slow down the flow rate (say half) it starts acting up. No matter though, I just drive a little faster with it wide open!:D

    I bought mine used (which may be the reason for the issue with the flow rate controller) on ebay for $800. When I called around for pricing, I got prices in the ballpark of 1500-1800 installed.

    Here's a link to one on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/WEST...ptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  4. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    well thanks for letting me know. when you mess around with the sand, salt, and the pulley let me know how it goes for you.
    thanks
    aaron
     
  5. Greenwalt

    Greenwalt Member
    Messages: 75

    I can get fifty a driveway around here and not blink an eye. Almost none ask for salting/calicum of any kind, but when they do, I just mark up the bag x% like 07 said, and add that plus ten to the price of the job. Depending on the driveway, most are only going to take 1-2 bags, assuming your using a fifty pound bag.
     
  6. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    You must be in a much different demographic area then myself.
     
  7. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

     
  8. Greenwalt

    Greenwalt Member
    Messages: 75

    Whats the average size of drive you are doing?
     
  9. bad69bird

    bad69bird Member
    Messages: 54

     
  10. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    i would look at checking out the owners manual for trouble shooting guides
     
  11. bad69bird

    bad69bird Member
    Messages: 54

    LOL I did and I talked to Basher. He was a big help. Like I said this last time out was a piece of cake!:nod:
     
  12. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    glad to hear it.
     
  13. Fourbycb

    Fourbycb Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    What I do is charge 100% markup on bag salt I purchase and lay down on driveways with a hand spreader if I use my Vee box spreader on Longer / Bigger Driveways then the Mininum I charge is 50.00