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Seasonal for gas stations

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by F350plowing, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. F350plowing

    F350plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    I'm bidding on quite a few gas stations this year. They will be seasonal contracts. They are about an hour to do each with a 2 inch snow fall. The problem I am having is trying to figure out how many pushes to base it off of for the season. They are really picky so a 6 inch storm would each wold be plowed 3 times at least. Thanks
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    6 inch storm you won't be getting 3 pushes,at best 1 or 2.
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You need to find the snowfall averages for your area. Have you done a lot of this type bidding?
     
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Don't forget the average convenience store turns into a madhouse when it snows. Lots of return trips to clean up corners, employee parking, etc

    Is this why you are thinking of putting a wideout on a half ton?
     
  5. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    too add to this.. if your contracts states 2", you best be doing them every 2"... if not its a lawsuit waiting to happen (especially with convience stores... lots of liability)
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    It would be a good place for a 1/2 ton short bed with a Snoway R and small spreader.

    Short pushes never more than a couple inches deep when you need to control the snow placement.
     
  7. truckitup

    truckitup Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Watch out for the covers that they fill the unground tanks with. Even though you backblade over them with the blade lifted a little, I still have had to dig some out of the snow:)
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I think some people over think plowing gas stations. Not that hard,keep open if 24 hrs and have it plowed out before it opens.
     
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,181

    I agree...a good salt in the entrance/exit drives usually gets dragged through by the traffic, I find them quite easy to keep clean.
     
  10. F350plowing

    F350plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    They want it done every 2 inches.

    the average changes drastically year to year for us it seems

    I don't even own a half ton
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You don't understand the word average. A no event winter or double winter will only move your 10 year average by 10%
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2012
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Re read your own post. Unless you have a truck sitting in each lot you will not be plowing every 2 inches. Even if it starts snowing and you have 3 of them and you start plowing at 1 inch and it snows 1 inch an hour by the time you get back to the first one you'll have 3 inches in it.Depending on how busy these places are ,the cars will keep the snow down.
     
  13. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,035

    Or plow the entrances and exits to keep everyone there :D

    Honestly though. Suppose you get an 15" storm, are you really
    Going to plow it 8 times? Or are you going to plow it like 3-4 times?
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Done that many times to control the traffic.
     
  15. buildinon

    buildinon Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    Check with your insurance and make sure they will cover gas stations in your Plow Insurance, as I know mine requires an addtional coverage just for gas stations...and I have heard others say the same about theirs as well...so I avoid them.