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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by andy bengtson, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. andy bengtson

    andy bengtson Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    hi. How much can someone plan on making? Is it per hour,blade size or something else. I just spent a hour in the search feature. I know that this will very but just looking for the average amount. I will have a western straight blade or a boss v-blade. Will that make a difference?
  2. Manx

    Manx Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    Sub contractors here in Michigan
    Are 60 an hour
    If I were to bid jobs myself I'd be at over 100
    With a full time job also, subing is so much easyer

    WHITE=GREEN Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    here in south east PA i bid jobs at a minimum $125.00 hour, usually make much more than that an hour, and i pay subs anywhere from $60.00 to $75.00 depending on what their trucks/plows are. hope this helps.
  4. Mick

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

    In my area, generally speaking there are no subs. I usually give a price based on figuring about $100-125 per hour for a 3"-6" snowfall using a 7.5' plow. Using a pusher or a larger plow would be more efficient, but I still think you'll do well if you figure how long it would take with a 7.5'. A V-plow is said to increase efficiency by 35% which would translate into profit.

    Hint: Don't let the customer know what the "hourly rate" is, just quote a price for clearing the drive, lot etc.

    I heard a good explanation of this - if you quote an hourly rate and the customer balks, ask if $10/hr is reasonable. When they say "yes", tell them you'll be sending a guy over with a shovel - it'll take about ten hours to clear a lot that would have taken a half hour with a truck and plow. (I forget the original author of that one on this site - sorry)