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New To Snow Removal

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by scott30, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. scott30

    scott30 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hey guys, I live in Missouri and I'm new to snow removal. I just started this year and i've been using snow blowers, so far its worked out pretty good. I want to upgrade to a plow next year. Any thoughts on what I should buy and how much I should be charging to make it worth my while?
     
  2. Triton2286

    Triton2286 Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    This may come off as harsh but how can you expect anyone to suggest a plow for you when we have no idea what truck you drive and what your needs are.

    We get tons of new guys like you every year who post a thread like this and we are the ones who have to ask all of the questions.

    Second pricing is different everywhere. However if you told us what you were charging now then maybe someone could help you out but with what you have told us no one can answer any of your questions.
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    The prettiest shinyest most expensive plow out there. And charge 1,000 an hour.:)
     
  4. Evil Diesel

    Evil Diesel Senior Member
    from Sharon
    Messages: 201

    Ya what he said per push with .25" trigger
     
  5. scott30

    scott30 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I've been in the lawn care business for 9 years and we currently have 2 1500 pickup trucks in our fleet. We are charging a minimum of $30 right now and have one bigger property that we charge $50 for snow removal. I have one part time employee besides myself. I'd like to get into some smaller parking lots next year. I mow several commercial properties but I had to turn them down for snow removal because I didn't have the equipment
     
  6. skorum03

    skorum03 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,940

    how many properties do you service?
     
  7. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,980

    See what dealers you have in the area. Find out who has a good inventory of parts and is also open or will be open when the storm is going trough if you break something.
     
  8. blizzardsnow

    blizzardsnow Member
    Messages: 83


    This is a must.

    Also, it could be extremely beneficial for you to sub for a quality contractor to a year or two to learn the ropes. How things are done, how he deals with customers, etc.
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Since your the 'show me" state I guess you'll have to pay me to come there .:)
     
  10. scott30

    scott30 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    mowing we service about 64 properties and snow we only service about a dozen since i wanted to start small and not overload myself