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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TonyRC, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. TonyRC

    TonyRC Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I have been plowing for years but now have been hired to clear business parks and distribution lots
    I am sub contracting for the primary contractor and he has offered 80/ hr for skid steers
    My guestion is should I charge more for skid steer with boss plow and wings
    seems to be much more productive then a bucket
    not even sure they will pay more but I know I can move more snow this way and want to get other opinions
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,978

    IMO you should get more
     
  3. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,035

    Absolutely believe you should get more, 80 an hour is about the going rate around here for a truck with a v plow or wideout. A good skid operator should be more effiecent than a pickup.
     
  4. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,053

    I think you should get more, but that doesn't mean anything. The contractor doesn't care if you get them done in 3 hours or 5 as long as you get them done. He's only willing to pay you what he wants, and if you don't want it he'll find someone else that will. You can try to get more, but it's all up to him if he is willing to give it to you or just find someone else.
     
  5. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Try to negotiate a "by the job" price...that way, the faster you get them done and move on, the more money you make.
     
  6. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    I am pretty sure that the contractor actually does care if it takes 5 hours vs 3 hours. One equals $240, the other equals $400....
     
  7. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,053

    You are correct. What the hell was I thinking?
     
  8. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,010

    I would think you should get 125.00 an hour, but I do not no the pay scale of your area.
     
  9. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    If he doesn't give you more, don't use the plow. Use the bucket, that way it takes longer!
     
  10. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    Depends on if its a 2 speed or a slow old single speed.
     
  11. Lacymanagement

    Lacymanagement Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    A single speed skid with a plow will not out plow a truck
     
  12. TonyRC

    TonyRC Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    thanks for the opinions
    I was thinking this as well, just use the bucket and get paid more !
    But as a business owner myself, that just doesn't make sense to me
    I can get paid a higher rate and move more snow quicker means less at the end of the day
    I know for sure I can be 25-35% more efficient with the plow
    Guess I will have to try it out as this is my first full season with this contractor
     
  13. Easy Outs

    Easy Outs Member
    Messages: 36

    TonyRC- We are out of Bel Air and might need some loader help from time to time. If you don't have a situation where your machine has to stay on location, I would like to get your contact information. I can pay $100/hr but it would be limited work unless we have an awesome winter.
     
  14. TonyRC

    TonyRC Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    how do you personal message without sending info to the entire site?
     
  15. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,613

    You have to have at least 10 post and be member for at least 10 days.
     
  16. TonyRC

    TonyRC Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    send me an email with details on your areas and
    do we need to be onsite before or after?
    pay period, your business name, etc
    tony@evaconstruction.com
    I will respond with all my contact info