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This Year was a.....

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BC Handyman, Apr 7, 2012.


Overall this year was a.......

Poll closed Aug 5, 2012.
  1. Success in every way

  2. Partial success

  3. Money maker

  4. Learning experiance

  5. Complete disaster

  6. good time to quite snow removal

  1. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,838

    Now winter is over, overall how did everybody do? Did you learn anything? Any Regrets? Were you successful?

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,414

    Success in every way

    Seasonal contracts. Locked in for next year also
    Tried out a tractor on some sites and increased the production
    Good to see what it can and can't do. tractor plowed some places that were done with a skid before

    Broke some stuff too :)
  3. weekendwrench

    weekendwrench Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    Seasonal here, Plowed 8 times not more them 4” in a push. Last year 34 times and seasonal, Many times 6” or more in a push. I consider it a wash. It’s the game we play!
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Would of been perfect if I didn't lose a lot month before the season started!
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    Seasonal here, I'm a happy guy. Employees might not be, but the tables were turned last year as others have said..

    Since we did not plow more than 4-5 times, each event seemed much more stressful and a big deal than any other year has been. We never got much practice, never got used to it, and had very little chances to prove ourselves to new customers. Each event was key for next years contracts..
  6. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    This season sucked donkey balls
  7. M & MD Lawn

    M & MD Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    This was my FIRST season and it SUCKED. I only plowed once and on that event I busted a hydro line...course my inexperience, I didn't have a backup...I do know tho!.........unlike a lot of others, I paid cash for my plow, so it wasn't to bad..just hasn't made its money back, needs to earn its keep per se
  8. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Winter over?

    I spent 15 hours pushing snow yesterday and calls to do today. My 943 was acting up and did not perform so only my 250 working. Overall winter has been great converting winter folks to summer and year round packages. Learned a couple lesson and only got one screwing, yeah in the big picture there are many worse and hard ways to make a dollar.tymusic
  9. My bowtie

    My bowtie Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I voted "money maker"...Not because of plowing, I NEVER droped the plow once...But with the mild winter, I did a few fence jobs and other stuff that normaly wouldnt have been possible. No I didnt make tons of cash, but I did put money in the bank....
  10. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,838

    I got no seasonals & got out alot more then 5 times but I totally agree, I feel the same way. I had alot new guys and nobody got into a groove.

    Again I can relate as in Dec it was 15c here so I got to do unseasonal work

    I would say I came out ahead this winter, not because of plowing but overall it was a success. I gained a few new customers & managed to stay busy in the snowless periods.
    I did learn to operate my skid steer alot better & gained time saving knowledge. I even learned how to fix some things on the skid, I had a great mechanic from Bobcat teaching me things. I have no regrets!
    The few accounts I didn't get were all PITA so prob for better I didnt get them. I didnt take on everybody that asked, just the ones that hopefully will be good customers & are willing to pay a fair wage for the requested work.
    I even got to plow one of the biggest lots in the city one time because the reg. guy had to go to court.Thumbs Up I tried to sign them up for the year but they wouldn't switch.

    Summery for me: Successful year all around, even with below average snow(except in march). Made money, learned a few things, gained business & more of a good rep(I think) No regrets.
  11. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157

    you should have *(%^&&$*#*@@** as one of the choices

    complete disaster
  12. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Great year

    I had a good year this year one of the best ever. It was a light year snow wise and we did not get any snow removal however our savings on the salt and fuel made up the difference our acquisition of the of the new sidewalk machines helped us cut the cost of doing our sidewalk work overall I had a great year.
  13. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    Was a good year with the seasonals paying out well, however I made a lot more money last year off my per push and hourly contracts then I did this year from the seasonal ones.
  14. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,538

    This year offset last year nicely, but it was far from a success due to employee problems. I've never had as many issues with employees years past as this year, the old saying good help is hard to find certainly slapped me in the face numerous times. Made me realize though how lucky I was last year to have good help with the record year we had.
  15. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Learning Experience.... learned that mother nature can be a real b***h! Only got to plow once the whole winter.... GRRRR!:mad:
  16. 94gt331

    94gt331 Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 293

    I learned alot from this past season. I only plowed 1 time this year. With 4 plow trucks and a skidloader sitting all year with charging per push only, I was real depressed and sort of angry being in this buisiness. Putting my finances on the line for my customers well being all 4 nothing. So I learned from this past year and decided to do some reworking with my snow buisiness for next year to keep it profitable and less stressful. I decided on getting rid of my resedential route and stick to a small commercial route that 2 guys can do and Im going to get a winter job also.
  17. Landcare - Mont

    Landcare - Mont Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Well, we're all seasonal so it was a good year for a steady income. We picked up a couple of new big contracts this year to we won't get the same money for next year. We were only out 16 times on our commercial stuff and about 20 times on our municipal road contracts, probably about 60-70 percent of an "average" year. A couple of the problems with a year like this are: Our commercial contracts have a 5-centimetre minimum, but we ended up going out for almost anything - they'll expect that service next year. There was very little in the way of extras - salting, hauling, stacking, blowing, etc.

    But, overall, definitely a "money-maker". Our fiscal year ended April 30th - hopefully, the accountant's going to come up with some way to defer or otherwise "move" some of the profit; the federal and provincial governments are going to get a pile of corporate income tax this year. Sigh.
  18. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    it was a learning experience for me and i was able to regain the money i spent on the plow as i bought it used and paid cash for it as well as the spreader. i have no complaints.