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Would You Drive???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Gatewayuser, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    How far do you guys drive if it snows somewhere other then where you live? I was thinking of going to KY or WV this weekend to plow because we are not going to get snow but they are going to get a lot. The problem would be getting work while there.
  2. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    I've never heard of driving to another STATE to go plowing. I wouldn't even drive out of my own TOWN for plowing(I can't drive yet, I plow with an ATV).
  3. mmtwin

    mmtwin Member
    Messages: 87

    I've driven from PA to Ma to plow many times. My brother always needs more drivers there. Sometimes rain here or near miss Mass gets the snow. So I say its not that crazy. 5 hours to drive
  4. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Gateway--Why don't you see if any of the Kentucky folk:redbounce are hirering subs on the forum for the weekend!--I remember the big one in 78-- my dad hired some guys out of Albany--At least a six hour ride on a good day!!!!!!!!!! They worked about a week and a half doing snow removal nights!:bluebounc
  5. JTW

    JTW Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    I'd drive an hour or two
  6. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    2 hours maybe, and only if I knew I had work in the area.

    If I had gaurenteed work then I might drive up to 4 hours. But it would have to be 20+ hours work.
  7. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,475

    Funny you started this. Just got off the phone with my brother up on Cape Cod Mass. He asked why I wasn't on my way up. He said he saw one forecast for over 12 inches. That is about a 13 hour drive in a car. I wonder how long with a plow on a truck?:) I would love for this to turn about 100 miles to the west and we would be getting some. '

  8. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    It would take the same amount of time with a plow as a car, at least thats with my truck.
  9. snatchal

    snatchal Member
    Messages: 31

    One hour drive

    It snows an average of once a week where I live, which gives me two days of plowing. 60 miles north of here along the Lake Superior shoreline it snows almost everyday. I have a friend up there with a lot of contracts that I can go sub for as often as I want. The only downside is a lot of wear & tear on the truck traveling at 60 miles an hour with the hubs locked and the Boss hanging on the front.
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    If the return significantly exceeded the outlay, of course!payup
  11. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i wouldn't do it. if it's going to be nice at home, why not stay there and enjoy the weather, working outside doing what you normally do.
  12. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Because I have no work to do until the middle of next week.
  13. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    you have no work till middle of next week: if you have payments to be made and can't make them, i'd go. if you have money in the bank, i'd take the weekend off, drink a few beers and have sex with my girlfriend. do what you gotta do to keep food on the table first.
  14. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    There are several things to consider, beyond expenses such as fuel and how are you going to transport the plow. You should also check with your insurance carrier. You may not be insured beyond a certain radius from your "base of operations". You should also check need for permits in the area you intend to conduct business. Also, you may need to file income tax for that state.
  15. Idealtim

    Idealtim Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    My Thoughts

    #1I would need at least 3 hours of work to every hour of driving for it to make sense to me to do that.#2It might be a good idea to unhook the plow and throw it in the back for the drive ther[given that you have a system to lift it.]#3 remember that you are tearing up the frount end for every mile you drive with a plow on.#4check the truck fluids and it wouldnt hurt to carry a quart of the vitals:Hydro, motor oil , ect.
  16. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Um...Who's snow would you plow?
  17. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I'd sure hate to break down somewhere quite a distance away from my shop.

    And you just know that a local garage wouldn't screw someone from out of town.... :rolleyes: One look at the plates...
  18. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Residential if they get as much snow as they say they will I'm sure I could drive around and find work. But I might not be going now until after 6:00am because I am on EMT squad duty tonight and I have to still check on my customers.
  19. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Hows the snow in Canada maybe I should come up there, I bet that would make tax time fun:dizzy:.
  20. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    Also a good chance they might not get any snow and you drove all the way for nothing. You get there, break something and have to turn around and go home or find a shop.

    The chances of finding enough residentials are slim to none. To get drivebys the person has to be outfront and already shoveling. You won't know the neibourhood or the demographics.