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New plow- New friends!

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by snowfighter75, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. snowfighter75

    snowfighter75 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    Bought a personal plow last winter on sale. The plan was to do my own driveway and my Aunt who has a long driveway and not much money so I decided to help her out. She just live a few km away. Now I have people calling me to do their driveway in my area. Not only that but half them want it done for nothing. I don't want to get into doing this comercially. I don't have the time to begin with as I work for DOT snow removal 12 hour shifts. Also don't want to beat the crap out of my truck and plow. After all its just a personal plow. WHAT DO I TELL PEOPLE!
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    98 F150 4X4 w/timbrens
    Meyer ST-7.5
  3. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    that you will either get to them after your shift with the DOT and you get some sleep, you will charge them the going rate or both. i have the same problem, i explain that i will plow their driveway for the season if they pay my insurance for the winter. for some reason they dont think its a fair trade.
    no matter how you look at it they are trying to take advantage of you.
  4. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Just say- I'm sorry but I can't afford the 2000,00 for the insurance to be able to be covered to plow for other people other than my family. Maybe you can suggest someone that will plow for them for a fee. It's the same thing as getting a swiming pool installed. You have friends you never new about. Good Luck.
  5. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    This might help - What would you expect the electrician, plumber or carpenter to tell you if you called him to come over to your place and do some work - for nothing, at that? There are people in business to plow snow - give those freeloaders a referral to one of them. Or, to keep it short, just follow bladescape2's advice.
  6. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,600

    Ya' got to stand your ground - politely.

    You could tell them that your equipment was not made for commercial use and you have limited time so, doing more than 4 or 5 immediate family members is too much. Also, tell them that by the time you could get to them they would not be happy with the wait.

    Then hand them a phone number for someone who would plow for a charge. Usually, I find home owners have a difficult time knowing who to call.