1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

$ to blow a 1000' driveway, 300" of snow/year

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by larboc, Sep 7, 2016.

  1. larboc

    larboc Member
    Messages: 86

    Neighbor passed away and family is looking for someone to keep the driveway open all winter. Driveway is about 1000 feet long and gets pretty good drifting if the wind is right. We get about 300" of snow per winter in this area. The county road is plowed daily and is the driveway is about 1/2 mile from my house. While it was my neighbor and I want to help the family out, I never really knew him. The one time I tried to make contact with him when I moved in to say hello he was fairly short with me so I don't feel compelled to do this purely as a favor. I want to be fair to everyone.

    Because of the topography and the drifting I'm told it has to be blown, banks from plowing end up causing the drifting snow to fill it in several feet deep. I've got a deere 4300 with cab and 60 inch front blower that I use for my own driveway, I figure it would probably take me 30-45 mins from leaving my driveway to drive down the road, make a pass in, clear a turnaround area, and make a pass back out and drive home.

    I usually clear my driveway when it gets about a foot deep or the bank from the county plow gets too deep. I would estimate having to clear it 30 times per winter.
    I have no idea what or how to charge.

    download.jpg
     
    FredG likes this.
  2. Hamster360

    Hamster360 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    You get 300 inches of snow in Michigan? 25 feet? Really?

    I'm not going to get into the insurance/workers comp etc talk with you.

    Pricing this is simple. Calculate how much your tractor will cost you (fuel and maintenance) and how much your time is worth. Then add some on top if you're a business, or leave it if you're just a guy helping someone out.
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    FredG likes this.
  4. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,228

    Wow, I never would of guessed that. That's a lot of snow. Matter a fact I would of had a hard time believing it without the link.
     
  5. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,610

    Calumet, Mi. in the Keweenaw peninsula is where the Blizzard brand snow plows came from and was built for many years until they were bought by Douglas Dynamics. Boss plows were also built the upper peninsula of Mi. just south west of the Keweenaw.
     
    FredG and SFCarmyvet like this.
  6. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,266

    $100.00 per
     
  7. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,610

    ^^^ sounds pretty fair
     
  8. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,228

    $100.00 per, 35-40 min work including mobilization, I would take that right down the road. With them snow amounts the neighbor should to.
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Not going to happen in da UP.
     
  10. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,266

    Figured that mulch, probably go for $50-60...but it never hurts to try...
     
  11. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,228

    The op said he was going to hit it every 12'', Why is $100.00 not fair? Thats better than $ 40 every 4''.
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Because it's the UP. Other than a bit of mining, lots of logging, some casino jobs and tourism, there is basically ZERO industry. People just don't make mulch money up there.
     
  13. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,686




    Probably go for a couple of deer hydes and a 12 pack of PBR
     
    BUFF likes this.
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,266

    Ewed come oot ahead on that deal just in hydes alone..... Then add the PBR's to it and gosh darn it you're really making oot...
     
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,266

    Less than $30K for media income.
    http://www.city-data.com/city/Hancock-Michigan.html
     
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Give him some Buttwyper and it could be payment for a month.
     
  17. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,228

    I guess the $50.00 or $60.00 will have to work.
     
  18. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,610

    The mining is really making a come back up there. It has seemed to brought a lot of money to the Marquette and west area.
     
  19. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,983

    I guess up there you have to hunt and fish to feed the family.
     
  20. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Problem with this is mining isn't nearly as labor intensive as it used to be, so not nearly as many jobs created as well as support jobs when they open up.