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Should I invest in a thrower or wait?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by oldschoo, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    It takes me about 10-15 minutes hustling to shuvel a 2-wide driveway of 30 ft and small walkway with only a shuvel when it's 4-6 inches. Is that faster than a $500-700 thrower
    ( 5-10 hp) could do? I saw a guy on the other side of me using one he said he paid $1,300 for and I almost beat him with only my shuvel! Granted, it's more work, but I work out a lot so it's not too much to me. I've heard that a thrower will move 12 inches of snow just as fast as 6 inches. If this is so, then anything over 6 would surely be better off using a thrower vs a shuvel. thanks in advance 4 any advice!
     
  2. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    you can either work harder and use the shovel or invest a little for a good snowblower and save time and do more accounts and make more money in the long run personally i would pick up a snow blower in the range of 5 hp and one that is leightweight so its easy to throw in and out of the truck
     
  3. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    ramps?

    Really? So can like 2 guys lift a 5hp unit out of a truck or would ramps be necessry?
    Thanks again man!
     
  4. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    I will give you my honest opinion. If you are doing good bustin ass this season with a shovel, good stick with it. It keeps you with no overhead. Just think, you will spend that money and there is like a month or so left of winter. I would save all the cash I can now, and go buy a small truck, like a ranger or an S10. These things are a dime a dozen used. Then get a small plow for it, like a sno-way. Then you can do alot more work, and be able to expand your services next season
     
  5. Dailylc

    Dailylc Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    Two options. 1 finish out the season with shovels and buy an end of the season blower at one of the big box stores at a greatly reduced price. or 2 go out and spend $500-$1000 on a blower tomorrow. I was in the same situation 2 years ago and waited til the end of the season ans got a $900 blower for $450. Good Luck!
     
  6. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    If I did pick up a little S-10 or something, would that be safe to put a plow on it? And furthermore, would it be safe to do driveways? Do most customers not mind? What does it take, about 1-5 minutes with a plow? I seen a man doing it by me the other day. It felt funny. I was out there bustin' my but to get it done in 10-15m and it took him only like 3m. But, then like u said, I had no truck, plow, or insurance costs, so I didn't feel too bad about it.
     
  7. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    You call Brent Oldschool?


    RCGM
    Brad
     
  8. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I bet your driveway was much cleaner with the shovel then his with the truck. Around here most blowers are on sale. At least 20% off so if you have the money it is a good time of year to buy a blower. A single stage Toro is a very good snowblower. Model 3650.
     
  9. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    ideas

    Yeah, that's true, it did remove better with the shuvel vs a plow, now that I think about it.
    THanks for the tips on the 20% off too! I'll check into that stuff. Just need to find a little place that rents trucks 'til I can find a good deal on a old goodie. :redbounce
     
  10. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Oldschool I PM you a guys number and phone number.He pays around 20 to 25 a hour and you can use his blowers.All you have to do is call and show up he is going to have like 3 days of work.
     
  11. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    What are you driving now. That Toro will fit in most trunks. One man can lift it very easily. It has a 20" clearing path.
     
  12. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    An S10 would be fine for plwoing snow. There are a few guys here who use them and love them. The sno-way is great cause it has the down pressure feature, so it will get a drive real clean
     
  13. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    re-job opp

    Heh, I appreciate the offer and all. I didn't get the # the first time. I'll take it down anyway. However at the present I've been building up a desent amount of clientel and most often than not I'm clearing more than that on my own. That's a really good income though! Thanks!
    purplebou
     
  14. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    OK just wanted to make sure you got it.I would wait on a blower winter is going to be over after this storm I bet.Have fun out there shoveling wear layers it is going to be 45 MPH wind gust gonna be just like Grand Rapids a few weeks ago and I know you loved that :D


    RCGM
    Brad
     
  15. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I doubt it's going to be that bad, but then u never know.
     
  16. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Channel 13 just said 12 plus inches al snow no freezing rain gusting wind going to be blizzard like conditions.Said this storm is going to make the other 2 we just had look like flurries.


    RCGM
    Brad
     
  17. oldschoo

    oldschoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Well, this oughta be lots of fun! Only wish I had a nice plow!!! Maybe next year!
     
  18. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    The phrase "work smarter, not harder" comes to mind. Yes, working with just a shovel is fine but IMHO, you are limiting your productivity. Even spending $500 for a mid sized single stage snow blower will save you time and you will be able to at least triple your productivity! Plus, you won't be as tired after a full day either! wesport
     
  19. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    jr is right

    i would get a small blower like the toro... light, fast very clean sweep( rubber edge) let a machine do the work so you same your body... im 21 and i can shovel pretty fast but why should i bust my ass when you can spend 4-500 dollars and save ur back.... is you back not worth $500?????

    thats just the way i think.. the small truck is a great idea sno-way blade and a small blower perfect set up for drives..



    good luck
     
  20. GBRONNE

    GBRONNE Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Home Depot Has Them For 1/2 Price, And If Theres A Recon Outside, It's Another 100.00 Off= 200.00!!!!, Yes Great For Walkways, And Sidewalks, But Only Up To About 6 Inches, I Dont Know What Your Expecting. Gb