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Trigger Question

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Stan, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    In the past I priced out one of my accounts @ a 2" trigger. Did not raise my rate last year (fuel) but will slightly raise this year. They want to raise the trigger @ 3". It was my assumption that the normal trigger was @ 2". What's the usuall trigger on a comercial parking lot ?

    Thing that gets to me I will not destroy my trucks on 2" of frozen slush. Thoughts ?
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    For me commerical is a 1" trigger, and residential is a 2" trigger.
  3. BJH Snow

    BJH Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 142


    I agree with Epic Lawn Care, 1" for Commercial and 2" for residential.
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,864

    I've got accounts that are now running a 1/4" - 1/2" trigger.

    Basically banks and places where there's a TON of foot traffic.

    If it's an industrial type place, or someplace without as much foot traffic, they're still happy with the 1 1/2-2" trigger.
  5. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    Im @ 2" trigger on Commercial lots, but if they want 3" give it to them w/ a higher price because you will be pushing less frequently. It may actually work out better for you if you make sure you pre-salt/deicer.
  6. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    So lets say the current rate is $325.00 @ a 2" trigger. Keep in mind I have not raised the rate last season. What would be reasonable based on a 2" and a 3" trigger ?
  7. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I'd probably raise it 10%, so $32 or $33. That way it isn't too much of a shocker to them since the season has already begun.

    I'm @ 1-3" (but usually don't start until 2" to see if it's going to stick or not), 4-6", & an additional $ per inch after that. Do you have something like that already set up in your contracts?
  8. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    It's basically a flat rate per push. If there was a substantial amount it would be my descretion to plow more than once. So far it's worked to avoid any sort of heavy machinery removing snow.
  9. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    I state 1-3 inches, depends on how much we are supposed to get as to when we start pushing.
  10. Stan

    Stan Senior Member
    Messages: 579

    and after that ?