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New to snow

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by S.L.M., Dec 18, 2012.

  1. S.L.M.

    S.L.M. Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hey guys,
    I'm new to the landscaping community in Rhode Island. Can anybody help out with how to price snow blowing driveways, walkways...? I have an Arien 28" hydro pro. Any help is greatly appreciated; just trying to get a grasp on a median price so I'm not under or over charging.
    Cheers,
    Owner S.L.M.
    Trevor Stricklin
     
  2. IDST

    IDST Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    I charge $45/hour. wouldn't do anything sidewalk/driveway for under $25. Even if it is 5 minutes
     
  3. S.L.M.

    S.L.M. Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Appreciate your response. That's right about what I had expected. How many inches before you begin your rounds?
     
  4. IDST

    IDST Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    Depending on what size of snow blower you have. If you have a big two stage you can wait till the end if you really wanted to. I have a 28 and 36" ariens and you can't stop them. my single stage toro can handle 10 inches easy enough but I wouldn't have very happy customers if I let it get that high. If you had a storm bigger than 6 inches coming in I would start my route around three inches then go back and hit them again after the storm quits. I only snow blow about 5 of my properties sidewalks now. I try to stay in the truck as much as possible.
     
  5. IDST

    IDST Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    I should of said I "had" a 28 and 36 inch. I sold them after I got rid of the properties I needed them on.
     
  6. RocketRollinSX

    RocketRollinSX Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    All my driveways range from 25-50 dollars. The smaller ones take 20-25 minutes or less on average. Most of the time I can drop my blower and do 2-3 at a time. I have a single stage 21" Toro and a 2 stage 28" Ariens. 5-6" or less the single stage is my choice. The rubber paddles clean right to the pavement.

    90% of my drives the people are retired and dont need to go out during the day so I can wait till the storm is done and clean them once. The others I go early and blast them open real quick, then go clean up after the storm is done.