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What is the cost of plowing and salting?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by kyfireman2004, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. kyfireman2004

    kyfireman2004 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Could someone help me with pricing salting and plowing. First I should tell everyone I have never plowed or salted before. My ?'s are how long does it take to plow an open acre say at 3'' and then at 6 then 9. Say using a straight blade (8) and maybe using a v blade.
    What about salting an acre? How much in salt will be used? How long does it take. What is the going rate for salting per ton? How much is bulk salt compared to buying it by the bag?
    I have 3 truckstops I need to bid this week for next winter.
    Thanks for any input.
  2. mchur01

    mchur01 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    hard to say how much traffic and trucks r u gonna have to plow around, how many truck, ant manual clearing and how big r your salters?
  3. kyfireman2004

    kyfireman2004 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I more interested in info on the open areas. As far as a spreader I will be using a tailgate or v box.......depending on the info I get off here.
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    I think you should call around for salt pricing and go work for someone by the hour, to learn how to plow. You know nothing about plowing and your either going to screw youself or someone else. JMO
  5. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Hey Kyfireman! Not that JD is sounding rude or anything, but to keep yourself on the safe side, I would consider working for another company for a few years until you get the hang of how things work!;) Theres alot to know about plowing, salting & its techniques! Just read plowsite threads for the rest of the winter, & you'll kearn a few things by starting out with that! :waving:
  6. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    how long is it gonna take to clean 3 acers with an 8ft straight blade along long time
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    An acre an hour, is a good place to start. Sorry if I seemed rude but it's MO. Why don't you go out one night and watch the guy that does it now and time him.
  8. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    and to answer youre Q' about whitch salter to buy:...i would by nothing but a tailgate spreader for 36 ton per storm, the v-box spreaders arent covered and the salt gets wet and no customer likes haveing wet salt put on thier lot.

    O.H. i don't know where youre located but you might ought to consider bidding the mall of america if you want to ever start a second plow location, it would be easy all you have to do is hire sub's and they'll take care of the rest

    Sorry if my numbers sound a little off but....i want this guy to get the job to get started in the plowing industry:rolleyes: i mean heck we need more guys like him (not affreaid of nothin).

    i hope you had as much fun reading this as i did writing it but really take the advice above and be a SUB for a year or two
  9. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    too funny.
    bit harsh. but hilarious.
    and where is the mall of america? i want to bid on that. how long do you think it would take to snowblow it with a snowblower?
  10. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    well. that one is a loaded Q' too: and again there are alot of variables like do you plan on useing a
    or a 2 stage? ;)
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,030

    ROLMAO......................still laughing.:drinkup:
  12. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Open cab skid steers with a bucket work best for this type of lot. Epoke drop spreaders will get your salt down quick. Make sure you dont forget to shovel the snow out from between parked cars.
    Last edited: Feb 29, 2008
  13. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Why make more work for himself? If he's gonna have a snowblower their, just cram it between the cars.
  14. Turf Masters

    Turf Masters Member
    Messages: 93

    Here are some numbers!

    Since I have been at this game for a long time I will give you some numbers to work with.Bulk salt should cost around $46-52 PER TON .You should x by 3 and thats your selling price per ton delivered and spread.As for plowing some charge by the hour or push.I charge by the push every 3 inches.It averages out to about $150 per hr.per tk.I hope this helps.
  15. merrimacmill

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

    Our buddy Superman will tell him how to do it right:rolleyes::D
  16. DFLS

    DFLS Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    Salt in CT is around $90 per ton.

    I like that answer.

    Then the car owners blame the scratches on the plow guy.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,417

    Is it that difficult to just give the guy a straight answer?

    Figure an acre an hour, probably more for a newbe and a lot more for a truck stop.

    What's manual cleaning? He's plowing, not doing restrooms.

    Since you're in Kentucky, you're probably going to be burning a lot of the snow off with salt, especially in a truck stop, since you're never going to plow the entire place.

    As for how much salt, that will depend on conditions and since I'm in a colder climate than you, I'd have a hard time giving a good number on how much.

    6" with a straight blade is probably going to be 75-100% more and 9" will be another at least 50% to the 6" time.

    I see someone else replied, but not everybody can get salt at that price, so be careful when telling someone that, you might cause him to lose his butt.

    Having said this, JD and PJ are correct, you might want to think seriously about subbing for a year or 2 to get your feet wet before you either lose your butt or ruin you reputation to the point that you lose business.
  18. rjfetz1

    rjfetz1 Senior Member
    from CT.
    Messages: 639

    My opinion is no time like the present to get your feet wet.... how do you learn or make money by subbing it out?? Take on one job for your first year to "get your feet wet" see how it goes then maybe take on some more work.
  19. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    when he says be a sub thats what he means. get work from another contracter. he dosent mean get the place then sub it to somebody eles

    TD BOBCAT Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    General questions regarding Snow clearing in Canada

    I am in Alberta and have done snow clearing for 7 yrs now. All my lots are on an as needed basis with a minimum 1.0hr charge. I am now being asked to supply a contract price for the new Walmart Super Store and shopping mall location. The total clearing area would be 22 acres + all the loading dock areas and sidewalks. I have 7yrs history of clearings for my existing customers so calculating the snow clearing is not going to be any problem but the sidwalk clearing and sanding is. I am just wondering how to go about calculating time to do this and the average amount of sand used/acre. I have a retail bulk product store so getting sanding chips in bulk is not a problem as I already supply the local sanding contractor but I would like to know for myself what is the actual used /acre verses what he wants me to know. Understand???

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