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Anyone doing only res. offer this service?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by casey, Jan 11, 2002.

  1. casey

    casey Banned
    Messages: 180

    I don't agree with his reasoning but have had a few new customers complain about damage from a previous contractor & without seeing the drives his pricing seems low for US$$$.

    Last edited: Jan 11, 2002
  2. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    Okay... not exactly sure what you were getting at, but for starters, he's saying $25 per drive without even seeing the drive. This guy won't be in business long. Second of all, if you're worried about damage, have you looked into a polyurethane cutting edge? This may help put your customers minds at ease.
  3. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Any bets on how long it take before he goes out of business? Personally, I don't think it will be to far away before he gets tired of pushing that snowblower around, especially in freezeing temps....

    Chief Plow
  4. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Unless I'm missing something, he didnt say where he is at?

    Worldwide franchise? We are in trouble. :)
  5. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I would bet he is in the Green Bay area because of his e-mail. I cannot think that people would be running to the phones to call him. I can see him snowblowing one of my drives. It would take him more then an hour and he would only make $25.
  6. Mick

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

    I don't know where 920 area code is, but I figured on the West coast. "Any drive $25"? I can steer him toward a few - about a mile long each. That should keep him busy and out of everybody's else's way.
  7. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    A look in the phone book and a trucker's atlas of North America didn't turn up any 920 area code. :confused:

    So, 3 possibilities come to mind:

    1] It's a new area code - for example, until a few years ago Toronto & area was all 416 area code, with the city growing like a noxious weed the need arose for another area code which is when the 905 one came into being.

    2] It's a typo.

    3] Someone is full of "solid waste".
  8. MTCK

    MTCK Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    920 is Wisconsin I believe.
  9. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    oh, cut him some slack. by the looks of the website, and email address, it seems like its a young kid looking to make some money. everybody has to start somewhere. now if they are a legit business, i agree, hes not long for the world.
  10. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    i have some drives to sub out to him.
  11. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    I would have to agree with Mdb.The time it will take him to do a normal size drive way will not be worth the $25 he is charging..I guess your ad could read we will be there and get you out not cheap and waiting for you.lol
  12. casey

    casey Banned
    Messages: 180

    I was curious & called the #.
    Wisconsin yes. Scrub kid? Didn't come across like one on the phone.
    Pavement damage reasoning is flawed but could be a selling point if previous plowers were not knowledgeable.
    On smaller city drives, where coordinating car removal is difficult, blowers can be productive. You would need volume, no drive time, for the $$ he advertises to make profit.
    I do small res. drives starting around $23 US. Prices vary depending on drive time, main factor & drive size, secondary factor, as size differences usually are not significant.
    I would, however, never advertise a set price but use "starting at..".
    I do think he is just starting out as residentials usually breed enough word of mouth advertising .
  13. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    920 is the Green Bay suburbs according to fone finder. Yes spelling is correct on that.
  14. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Thanks CT18. Doesn't appear on the trucker's atlas or local phone book area code list and both are a couple years old, so I expect it's a case of the Green Bay area gettin' bigger.

    Blowers have their applications - especially on a lot of these new subdivision driveways where there isn't anyplace to push the snow and anything larger than a mini-pickup won't fit anyway.............
  15. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Is there some first class GO GETTERS on this site or what?

    Im impressed.

    From one thread and 1/4 day, we almost know all there is to know about this snowblower guy and his buisiness.

    Snow doesnt have a prayer with this bunch, if it ever falls.


    Id sure hate to be a snow flake that fell on this board.... Hahhaa.


    I also bet Buffalo news and county comissioners are becomming impressed.

    Good work guys!
  16. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    We still don't know who he is or why he charges that rate. Anyone in the area want to call him?

    Maybe the area code means he will service the whole country.
  17. Rob

    Rob PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 306

    I'm going to agree with MDB. I would suspect it is a kid, or someone just starting out in the business. He has a blower and a bit of computer skill so he built himself a website. I doubt he services his whole town, let alone the whole county. Was this guy advertising / how did Casey come upon his website ? I think the answer to that question, would probably indicate the size of his business and how he can expect to service all driveways for $25. (i.e only friends and family see the site)

    Just my .02. I will note that the amount of interest this guy has created indicates how bad everyone needs snow, because they have a lot of free time to be checking this kind of stuff out !:D
  18. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Casey called him.

    Posted above.
  19. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    Missed that. Thanks
  20. 4 Saisons

    4 Saisons Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I work with snowblower only( 2 13/45) and there is no way to cover a whole area. Price may be fair for small drive ( less than 500 sf) but only if you get a bunch of customers in a restrein neiborghood. That way you can expect 6-12 drive per hour for each blower.