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Perhaps a little help please!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by BK Hammer, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. BK Hammer

    BK Hammer Member
    Messages: 64

    Gentlemen, been a silent reader on this site for a couple of seasons now and this is my first post. Two winters ago I bought a snow blower. Made $3000 with that and put every dime and some more into a plow. I bought an 8'6" Fisher Extreme V. I also have Meyer mini tailgate salter. Both work great and I have had no real problems. A couple with the plow, cutting edge breakage and controller. Fisher warrantied those. My plow truck is Dodge Ram 2500 cummins and very solid and well kept. Last winter, I did real well and had about seven contracts. Two of those were with the lumber yards that I bought my construction material through. Great contracts especially when they needed their yards cleaned. So I went on this estimate the other day at a huge church. The square footage I would need to plow 102,000sqft. It consists of three lots and one road that connects them (all asphalt) and mostly clear of obstacles except for a couple of light poles each. Now, the front lot of the lumber yard last year measures 52,000sqft. I could plow that lot in two hours with four inches on it. I figure it will take four hours to plow the church and I charge 125 per hour. Now they want a yearly price and I worked it out over twelve plowings and come up with about 10,200 dollars for the season. This price also includes salt and no sidewalks. I figure I would cut the price down to 9,500 per season if they signed a three year contract. What do all of you with experience think? I don't think I am low-balling and last year we had about eight plowable events and one salt event all though I put salt down almost after every plow at $1.00 per pound spread. Thanks a lot! P.S. Don't bash me too hard. Oh what the hell, I can take it!