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New Guy Plowing Question

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JohnsonLawn, Jul 8, 2004.

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  1. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn Member
    Messages: 78

    I was wondering if I can make more money plowing for the state or town (currently $48-$54 per hour for DRW 1 Ton trucks) or trying to concentrate of commercial and residential accounts. I have a Chevy 1 ton dump w/ 8 ft fisher plow 454 ci motor really eats the fuel but can move a house. Any info greatly appreciated. thanks
     
  2. plowman777

    plowman777 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    should make at least $150/hr on your own... worst case $100
     
  3. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    but you have more responsibility/headache. you make more on your own but is it worth it? Only you can answer that........
     
  4. Snowboy9999

    Snowboy9999 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    If you work on your own, you are motivated to move quickly and can price accordingly. If you're a good plower, setup your contracts on a per push basis and you can use your speed to make more.

    If I were you, I would bid both. If you get some good paying commercial jobs, then tell the city you don't want the contract. Just make sure you give them whatever notice the contract says you have to give.

    I have no idea what your prices are like there, but that amount sounds really low. In Missouri, we get $40 per hour for our summer laborers. Just a worker with no truck and no equipment. We've always felt that snow removal is an emergency service and therefore demands higher prices. I can hardly imagine $45 or $50 being worth the hassle, cost and wear and tear you put on your truck plowing.
     
  5. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    If you can handle the stress, but like being the shoulders everything falls on, it's definately worth it to get your own contracts. Just be prepared for plenty of headaches.
     
  6. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    johnsonlawn
    what town in se massachusetts? From what i hear the state pays well but takes for ever to pay their plowers, their more worried about tracking them with the nextel gps then they are about paying!
     
  7. Bchlawns

    Bchlawns Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 147

    You need to see what the going market rate is in your area. I live in Ohio and around the area that i will be plowing there would be no such thing as 100-150 dollars per hour. Here the going rate is around 60-70 dollars per hour. I wish i could get that kind money it just wont happen. Competition is it all. If someone is going to plow a lot cheaper they will get the job instantly that is how is works here. I will be using a 2005 Chevy 2500HD with an 8' Pro Steel Western Plow.
     
  8. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    i do both i plow for my self and do roads for the city works out good i get paid the next day
     
  9. Jay51

    Jay51 Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Working for yourself you can make more money!
     
  10. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    It doesnt seem worth it for $50 an hour. especially wit your overhead costs. you would make more working for yourself
     
  11. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 253

    No need to bring up 6 year old threads
     
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