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Stacking snow piles on site/ Hauling snow offsite

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by daveslawns, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. daveslawns

    daveslawns Member
    from Niagara
    Messages: 48

    Ive had a few sites that question my hourly price for stacking snow on site and how long its taking. I rather haul the snow away but theres alot of room to relocate snow on site, and there already questioning me about just a machine rather then a machine n dumper.
    All my contracts state my hourly price if stacking or relocating is required so there is no suprises but still they are questioning me anyways.

    we have a 4 hour minimum and our sites r local so floating is not necessary but if we have to travel there is a float charge.
    skid steer - $100hr
    loader - $150 - $200hr

    am I way out to lunch or are they just being cheap?
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    What size of loader is that? Your rates seem fine. We have a 3 hour minimum and since we drive our equipment everywhere the clock starts when we leave and ends when we get back. Personally I think it's crazy to haul off site if you can relocate onsite. I'd also rather just give a flat rate price and get that ok'd that way if I finish it in way less time it's to my benefit. I don't really like working by the hour if I don't have to.
     
  3. daveslawns

    daveslawns Member
    from Niagara
    Messages: 48

    Jd 244
    Im all for setting a flat rate for onsite stacking, they wanted it broken down to see there options, and they agreed n signed off but still the complaining is getting annoying.
     
  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,898

    I don't think you're out of line, but for a 244J I'd be closer to the 150 than the 200 rate.
     
  5. daveslawns

    daveslawns Member
    from Niagara
    Messages: 48

    Thanks for the input,much appreciated. I know i wasnt out in left field but i second guessed myself . $200 is for a new customer that is just calling for snow removal, im busy enough n would much rather grab some zzs then working for a penny pincher
     
  6. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,898

    Seems reasonable to me, likley the only reason they're calling you is because they think the current guy is too high.
     
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Agreed, other than the flat rate. I've never tried it before, so I would doubt my estimating abilities.

    They're nuts if they think hauling is cheaper than stacking.
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Flat rate usually works in your favour and you can work at the speed your use to. I also find In general that stacking or relocating always takes less time. The customer also likes knowing this will cost $400 vs this should be this much but it all depends on hours. It's like getting a quote to paint your house.
     
  9. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    I hate that we do our hauling and stacking on an hourly basis, all I want to do is get it done super fast since I just want to get home and get to bed.