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What do you guys think?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by bmales11, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. bmales11

    bmales11 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Alright so I just picked up 2 decent sized gas stations on the same street. What do you guys think as far as prices per push and to sand/salt. He only wants it done when he calls so i try to charge accordingly.

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  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If I plow when he calls, looks like around 150 a push.He'll only call you when there's 6 or more inches on the ground. My offer is 75 a push and it goes into my rotation for plowing.
     
  3. bmales11

    bmales11 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Exactly what I just charged him this past weekend without salt. If he set up a trigger or something I'd be a little better on price. Thanks for your input
     
  4. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Don't forget to add on $10 for each fill tank lid riser.
     
  5. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    that's the truth

    Certainly add something if you need to plow around the riser. We had a truck hit one a few years ago and it cracked the fill spout under it. Bottom line cost to repair was $1500 and some change.

    Gas stations are a pain in the butt in most cases. We got out of the gas station business after our experience. Traditionally they want to call for service and by then it's a pain.

    Let it snow.
     
  6. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,508

    Agree 100%. Forget about that when he calls BS! That never works out good for you.
     
  7. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Those caps are a PITA for sure. For what its worth backdragging them is a lot easier than trying to plow over top of them.
     
  8. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,005

    The ONLY accounts I'll do per "call" are some driveways. Parking lots I tell them I need a trigger snow depth hopefully 1" or maybe 2".
     
  9. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    You can not possibly be serious?
     
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    As to what? 75 per push per lot? Easy plows.
     
  11. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    And that is exactly what wrong with this industry. At best he'll get maybe 15 plows in, risk thousands in property damage, a cracked blade, some jerk off will back into him and his insurance will pay, and he'll spend at least 6 hours a winter at each location sitting idle waiting for knuckleheads to get out of the way. Please keep those rates over there.
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    This sounds more your problems ,not the gas stations ,I've plowed them for years ,quick jobs in and out. If your hitting stuff then your the one not paying attention to what your doing.
     
  13. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Ok, lets be fair are they 24 hour lots? Around here you can not even get into them during the day. Only real decent time to service is 10pm-5am. For the record we don't touch gas stations. We can make the same amount in a third the time elsewhere.
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If they are 24 hrs then they maybe busy and that means most of the mains parts will be bare .All you need to do is the outside of the lots ,then if you want you can do any other cleanup when not so busy.
     
  15. TKLAWN

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,579

    Gas stations can be good money makers. Depending on trigger amounts and operating hours. As GV said they can very easy accounts to plow.
     
  16. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Very true!! Only way to plow that area is to backdrag. I have never had one come off that way.
     
  17. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Had one come off that way one time and I have no idea how it happened. On the bright side it was easy to spot!