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snowblowing job?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by adam5557, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    Hey guys i got a quick question.I was offered a job doing walkways for a snow plowing company by me. It pays 12 an hour using his equipment or 15 an hour using my equipment and my gas money.any comments also this would be for me and my friend using one truck and two snow blowers.thanks
  2. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101


    Where you located in Michigan ??

    My thoughts on your question ..... First it's probably not a bad deal except the payment part, I have to pay the guy that helps do my sidewalks at least $ 15.00, and he rides with me and uses my equipment. If your buddy is involved do you have to split the hourly rate ??
  3. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Low. If I had to choose, I'd take 12/hr using his equipment.
  4. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    In troy and we would be making 15 an hour each using our equipment.thanks
  5. westwind

    westwind Member
    Messages: 79

    Take the 12.payup payup
  6. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    Can any of you guys tell me if i am getting ripped off cause i have heard some of you guys pay 20 an hour?thanks
  7. Good

    I think thats pretty good, but I would DEFinentally use THEIR equiptment and get $12. In Grand Rapids, people get paid $12 hr to shovel, i would rather snow blow for 12
  8. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    yeah jesus $15hr using your truck, fuel, snowblower wtf? haha

    $12hr to hire/contract someone out to help isnt bad, but i have $2000+ snowblowers and drive around using my truck, insurance, gas in the snowstorms to clear out driveways, i wouldnt work with my equipment for under $40 an hour unless someone offered me a ton of work or something. Even if you have cheap equipment id say nothing under $20 if your desperate. On average i do driveways upto $85 and do them in under an hour easy, can do 2-3 $35+ driveways per hour usually.
  9. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Just my opinion, but do what you want. If you're happy with $12 an hour, go for it. Don't worry about what "everybody else" gets. This might build into a lucrative business for you. As you go along, you'll adjust your expectations and develop expertise, business skills etc.
  10. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    I agree with Mick. If you are going to get 15/hr using your own blower you might as well walk around your neighbor hood charging $50-75/ driveway.
  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,441

    firstclass, how reliable are those shovelers?

    Personally, I think $15 using his equipment is more reasonable. I'd have a hard time getting out of bed to work in crappy weather, possibly long hours, shoveling or blowing. JMO
  12. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I've got a better idea, considering this is America. Take the $12/hr and kick ass. Work like an animal, do the best job you can and then ask for more money. Just get started and do it like it is your own business and it will be your business soon enough. Prove yourself, then buy your own equipment and then sub and get your own accounts.

    Best wishes for a profitable winter.
  13. kl0an

    kl0an Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    You'll burn more than $3.00 in gas in your blower in one hour. Safe bet here is using his equipment. Better bet is getting the $15 an hour using his equipment. Best bet is $20 per hour, using his equipment. The shovelers around these parts make $15/hr minimum but, they also shovel at least one shovel width away from any curbs making it easier on the plow trucks.
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,196

    How many hours work does he have for you? Say it is 10 hours. That would be $120 with his stuff or $150 with yours. Do you think you would be able to find 6 driveways for $25 in your neighbourhood in that same 10 hours. Even if they take 30 minutes each, that is 3 hours. Just a thought.
  15. SnowMan4U

    SnowMan4U Member
    Messages: 43

    If you're working, you should be getting 20/hr for steady work. If you're figuring time riding in a truck or whatever, then average it out. I think 17/hr might ok.

    I had 10 accounts for two years until last year I had enough of the switch and biatch. So I dumped the accounts and bought a plow.

    Good Luck
  16. Scottish Lscape

    Scottish Lscape Member
    Messages: 52

    I agree go with the $12 & use his equipment. Good Luck
  17. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    Yea i have few driveways me and my friend do on are own and then when i am done i am going to work for a company to earn some extra cash.thanks guys