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Snow Hauling - MN

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by 4SeasonsOutdoor, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. 4SeasonsOutdoor

    4SeasonsOutdoor Junior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4

    I'm in the east metro and I have to questions -
    1. How do you estimate hauling snow when there gets to be too much snow that there is no more room around the lot?
    2. Where is a dump site to put the snow?
    Also, I've used the search function but didn't find info.
    Thanks
     
  2. cleansweep007

    cleansweep007 Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Normally we charge by the hour for a operator for your loader, plus charge by the hour for dump truck operator. That is how my company charges for haul away. Normally you are going to take it to your own site to dump it if the city doesn't have a designated place for it.
    I hope this helps !!
     
  3. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    dump sites are a problem nobody wants it (fluids and trash and salt) i have found a couple sites thru businesses we work with and pay them a lease for the land. guessing how much is tough billed all hourly and guess how many loads and how long to run a load plus per load cost for the dumpsite. we have been doing this so long i can look at piles and guess how many loads pretty close.

    had 1 cust dispute bill she said the 4 dump trucks were only here for 15 minutes but you billed me 6 hrs. oh where do you think the snow went? the alley behind your building?
     
  4. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Six hours! The back alley? Why, I thought you just returned to sender? "Dear g0d, here's your snow back....thanks, snowman55."
     
  5. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    needless to say i don't do that lot anymore. some people will just never "get" what it is we provide and better of just not dealing with them
     
  6. Kollen Parsons

    Kollen Parsons Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Dump Sites are like gold! Try calling a City Street Department in your area......When you get the call back, like I have, they are usually laughing. I've had city street dept guys ask me to call them if I find one because they are out of space. I've had other city guys tell stories of dumping at DOT sites and having to return to get "thier" snow.

    I was just lucky In the past and have been able to utilize city dumps.

    Network:
    Try the standard landfills. They, at times, will take in snow. Keep and eye out while servicing your customers. Sometimes another vendor will have a place or a customer willing to let snow be hauled in. Also try contacting local excavation companies or farmers. Stop and talk to property owners that appear to have extra space. Everyone could use some extra money right now.

    Another option is snow melters. Contact a company that has this equipment or if you are able to afford it....buy it! They aren't cheap. Locally the airports and large commercial sites are eating these up.

    We are at 89% of the snowfall average in Metro MN right now. The majority of our customers are out of space and the odds of finding a dump site slim to none.


    GOOD LUCK!
     
  7. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,227

    Check craigslist. also I posted a link on the mn weather thread there was a place in roseville taking snow. I saw another in maple grove also.
     
  8. Deershack

    Deershack Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    There are a couple of ads on Craigslist for dump sites. I also know of one on the E.side of St.Paul.
     
  9. mnz28

    mnz28 Member
    Messages: 38

    Dump all the snow in the metrodome?
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  10. KLACOE

    KLACOE Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Deershack, can you tell me more info on the St Paul dump site you know about. Thanks Kurt
     
  11. Deershack

    Deershack Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Send me your Email address.
     
  12. Deershack

    Deershack Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Send your Email again. I lost it when I clicked the wrong button.
     
  13. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    If just starting hauling is easiest charged Hourly. Loader hours + trucking hours= total price. You can ask the customer if they have a budget to not go over or do some math and get a ballpark Number for them.
    As for dump sites I know little about the east metro but we have 2-3 in the west metro. You can try cities but most will tell you to get lost. Because of the amount of snow dump prices are way up and distance traveled is up also. We have been hauling out of Minneapolis out west 1hr 20 min round trip and thats short for some people. If you need sites on the west side let me know we have lots of room.
     
  14. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,741

    I've got a site in Fargo. $10/load, bring it on up :)
     
  15. DCS MN

    DCS MN Senior Member
    Messages: 169

    My clients have had me do it one of two ways:
    By the hour or by the yard. By the yard is much more profitable. I use 40 yard dumpsters (usually over weight) and go like hell.
    I have three dump sites: west metro, 694/100 area and north.
     
  16. adan

    adan Member
    Messages: 36

    Dump truck rate (2 hour min) + machine rate to load (whatever your min is)