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residential operation with only blowers and shovels

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by south jerz, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. south jerz

    south jerz Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I live in Southern NJ and I have always done lawn care. I'm considering offering snow removal this year. In my area we get anywhere from 2-5 legitimate storms a year. The average is 3-4" and the worst is 18-20".

    I can get at least 25 customers in a 2 mile x 1/2 mile rectangle (with my house in the middle) inside my mowing service area. I wouldn't be comfortable taking on any more than that my first year. In fact I would rather keep it small and local for the long run just to help cover some of my expenses during the winter. That way if I decide it's not worth my while anymore I can still stay loyal to my original customers without bending over backwards to finish the route. Up to 6" of snow I think I'd be able to do each house in about 10 minutes (one guy driveway with blower, two guys walkways/steps with shovels then salting) with 3 guys, figuring I can do 4 an hour and finish in 5 hours. 12" or more I'd have two blowers and a salt/shovel guy

    My average driveway is 10' x 75', average walkways 60' across the front and maybe 45' to the front door. The service I would offer is clearing driveways and front walkways and salting. Was planning on starting at 45.00 w/salting for 2-6" with a 2" trigger, with an average of 45.00-50.00 for the first clearing, and maybe half that after each accumulation of more than two inches.

    Looking into a Toro Snow Commander or PowerMax for a blower. Leaning towards the Snow Commander because it's light enough to lift out of a truckbed and snowfalls are relatively light here. Any suggestions on a good snowblower value for my situation?

    Anyone have success with this type of operation? How do your prices compare?
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2007
  2. Ole Tower

    Ole Tower Senior Member
    from MAINE
    Messages: 210

    residential w blowers & shovels

    Ole Tower here I think You have a Great Idea which places YOU Up close & personal w/your Customers as their Not just seeing a Truck & then Its Gone as I assume? your Customers will Come out & Chat & perhaps? Coffee? for you & your Workers? as I stated--NICE IDEA!--Go for IT! & let Me know? how You make Out?--& GOOD LUCK!--OleTower-- P.S! I know neighbors will Ask? You to Do Theirs! just Remember DO a GOOD JOB--GREAT IDEA I LOVE IT--