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$20 for 4 Minutes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Toby, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. Toby

    Toby Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 132

    Small Residentials @ $20 a Pop & They're Being Knocked out @4 min. each w/2 man crews...2-30 Drives Per Stop...max 5 min. to next stop.

    Commercials Pay Better ? Not Even Close.
  2. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Yeah, I've got most of mine down to about 5 minutes with a 2 man crew. I could use a more dense route though. My best stop is 4 houses in 20 minutes all neighbors. Most of mine are seasonal, so I wont know how much I made till its over, but I also threw in a few per push just in case we got alot of snow. Not to mention I seem to get alot of neighbors that hire me now and then, those are just gravy because we are already there. 4-5 more minutes, and another $20-$25. I also picked up a small commericial that pays $45 and takes me about 12-15 minutes to plow, only 1/2 mile from home.

    Overall I get about 18 houses done in roughly 3 hours. (maybe more if the neighbors come out.)

    So avg. $120 an hour for me doing residential. I know it would be better with a more dense route.

  3. Toby

    Toby Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 132

    Most of the contractors here were charging $35 per push...I hit the subdivisions and specific suburbs w/flyers 3 years ago w/$20 a Pop Pricing....

    Density We Have.

    Anything under 6" they Are Solid Under 5min ..2 Men.
  4. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    I just did my commercial run tonight little 2 to 3 inch storm. I didn't do any residential. It worked out to $ 175 per hour from when I left to I got home.
  5. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,306

    yep, last year we averaged almost $200 an hour doing commercials. You can keep those pita residentials.
  6. smokinspartan

    smokinspartan Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    ive been doing residentials at $35-45, just the driveway, no sidewalks shoveled, and no walkway either. 1 man crew, just me. i go door to door, in all the nice neighborhoods in my area when there is a lot of snow. i go mid morning, all the husbands are off at work, and the stay at home wives, think there doin the husband a favor, so he doesnt have to push the snowblower around , when he gets back from work. i do about 40-50 houses each big snowfall. just goin door to door, i was 21 of 21 at one point, all on the same road.
  7. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    Wow...that is pretty efficient! Does your crew do the sidewalks too? The reason I ask is I do my clients sidewalks (1 man crew) and I feel it just takes too much time. I feel I could plow a couple of driveways in the time it takes me to do a sidewalk and steps. I'm thinking next season I will stop doing sidewalks and just focus on driveways where I can get the best bang for the buck. What do you think? Thanks!
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2005
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Bah, I can beat that ..

    All commercial work, $18,000 for the properties inc. salting ..

    Materials - $1500
    Labor - $3000
    Expense - $1000

    The rest for me.... I would say thats better then residential :salute: :salute:
  9. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I do driveways, sidewalks, and front porch. Best times so far are with truck clearing the drive, and my helper using a snowblower and shovel for walks and touch up areas. If I had a full route, I could pull about 7-8 an hour, so around $200 an hour would be a definate possibility. And thats US funds (just caught that Toby was in Canada, eh!)

  10. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    How many propertys and how many trucks are you running???
  11. NoStockBikes!!

    NoStockBikes!! Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    So 12,500 CND, which translates into roughly $5.28 USD? :D
  12. alpine692003

    alpine692003 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    LOL .. Bastards ..

    I only run 2 trucks, 6 people ... about 5 properties ..

    Only using shovels

    :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  13. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Yes but $5.28 goes a lot further up here and you get free medical. Dah. :rolleyes:
  14. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    I have to agree with Metro lawn, you can keep the residential. Seeing how you have to wait for some significant snow fall before your allowed to do them. My commercial accounts are on a 1" trigger with salting so while your waiting for alot of snow I'll be plowing and salting which leads to making more money.
  15. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    If you don't mind me asking, how much do you pay your helper? I too have a snowblower and it would be nice to have somebody man the blower while I plow the driveway. Thanks! :waving:
  16. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    I currently pay him $12 an hour to man the shovel and blower. He is not experienced enough to drive the plow truck yet, or I would bump him up higher. He also helps me durring the summer with mowing. I have been paying him $10 durring the summer.

  17. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I think I'm going to look into hiring somebody for next winter. Thanks Kevin!