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Snowblowing / shoveling driveways... Unprofessional?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JDiepstra, Nov 1, 2009.

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  1. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    What do you guys think about operators who have to drive to their customers house, get out, unload their equipment, fill their snowthrower with gas, get it started, make tons of passes, reload their snowthrower, and sweat thier you know whats off in their truck between houses?

    Seems like a rinky-dink operation to me. Not to mention a huge waste of time. I also think a plow with a good edge can clear a drive much more clean then a snowblower can. Seems like the sort of operation that just can't afford a real plow.
     
  2. Bowtytek

    Bowtytek Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 46

    some customers probably would rather not have huge snowbanks and the potential for damaged lawn and got with someone who snowblows. more power to that person doing the work tho, i like the warmth of a truck myself.
     
  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Good points.
     
  4. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,098

    I like to stay in my truck
     
  5. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    no its not unprofessional. The lawn guy does it right? You do good with what you got to do it with. Actually a snowblower can do a much better job than a plow can
     
  6. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 983

    A guy who snowblows a drive isn't necessarily unprofessional.

    There are those who snowblow who are professional, and those who are unprofessional.

    There are those who plow with a pickup who are professional, and those who are unprofessional.

    There are those who plow with a skid steer who are professional, and those who are unprofessional.

    There are those who plow with a 10 wheeler (municipal) who are professional, and those who are unprofessional.

    There are those who plow with a loader and pusher who are professional, and those who are unprofessional.

    The list goes on and on. Your choice of equipment isn't what makes a person professional/unprofessional. It's how we operate that equipment, maintain it, treat our customers, etc, etc, etc.
     
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^What he said.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
  8. Mick

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

    Does he get the job done to the customer's satisfaction? That's all that counts.
     
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    All good points guys. But I did get a good chuckle when I saw that my post was just above a semi-related post in the "new posts". :D
     
  10. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    So what about the guys like Jon Geer on her who has a $30,000 +/- snow blower for driveways?
    Don't be jealous that he is smart.
     
  11. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    :nod:

    Looking at your sig you list a snowblower and a shovel.............hmmmmmmm :rolleyes:
     
  12. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Yes my truck doesn't fit on some of the sidewalks at my commercial properties. Not rocket science.
     
  13. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    When I read this thread, I'm getting like some sorta deja vu feeling or something...
     
  14. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    So do you have to unload it and gas it up then too :confused:
     
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Didn't you just say that?

    Re: OPs question I mean, yeah, sort of. For sure. I am professional grade. Like my truck.

    I have more money tied up in my stereo than he has in a snowblower. Plus there's the lift kit, Rockstars, Nottos, Hypertech programmer, custom dual exhaust, CAI, all those KC Daylighters, 87 flashing strobes, LEDs, rotating beacon, I mean, when I show up, I look cool. You hear me, see me, and pay me. I don't really care about ripping up the lawn. I try to lift the blade at the edge of the lawn, but you know, I have to adjust my XM radio and stuff. And I'm fast. Two minutes and I'm done. That'll be thirty bucks. I don't really care about those little old ladies shovelling, they can call their grandkids or something

    But whatever. If you can go out wiht a blower in the back of your Ridgeline, whatever dude.
     
  16. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    You are the only one who has gotten it so far.......
     
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
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  18. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    I know a lot of people with some real fancy stamped concrete driveways that would never let anyone drop a blade on it. The real pro would use a shovel or blower for those customers.
     
  19. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    No I use a 7.5' Daniels pull plow with a urethane edge on it. Snowblower would take too long unless it was a tractor style like blomwerman and Neige.
     
  20. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    just a question here, how long does everyone think it takes to do 2 inches of shovelling on a two lane driveway, and front sidewalk? bet few people get it right.
     
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