• PlowSite Homepage Upgrade

    Hello again PlowSite community,

    I wanted to post a quick note to let you know that the homepage of PlowSite will experience a major upgrade next week. We’re always looking for ways to improve our users’ experience on the site, and felt that this upgrade was needed and long overdue.

    With this upgrade, you’ll now see the top trending posts as soon as you visit PlowSite, and these will be updated throughout the day. You can also easily access videos and photos. As always, we encourage you to include videos and photos in your own posts to share with your fellow PlowSite users.

    Be assured that all of the forums, content and data that you’ve been accustomed to will remain intact, as will all current site features. You’ll also be able to easily access the full list of forums directly from our new homepage.

    We’re excited to bring you this change, and look forward to hearing your feedback.

    Thanks, PlowSite Team

beginner w/lots ambition and desire

Shane Nelson

Junior Member
Dallas PA
This is my first year to plow.IM insured,live in dallas PA,
I will be useing 1997F250 w/8'western plow.for salt spreading i will be useing my lawn fert spreader push behind.I sure could use some helpful plowing tips from all angles,and priceing tips.I really could use your helpful Knowledge.Thanks and HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOUS!


Senior Member
Hi, welcome to the forum!

The one thing in common I've seen with sucessful contractors is the value they place on time. Not equipment or accounts or money, but TIME is king.

SlimJim Z71

PlowSite.com Addict
Cary, IL
I've been plowing for several years now, but this is my first year with my own equipment, so I'm pretty new to the whole pricing game. If I'm unsure on how much to charge, I ask what the customer had been paying. Most people are honest and understanding when it comes down to it. If they throw out a figure that I can work for, I take it. I even underbid one other contractor by $50 per month just to get the account. This particular customer wants to pay monthly, and got quoted $250/month for a SMALL driveway. The reason I went down $50 is because I have several other accounts right near this one, and it won't take long to hit this one too. Plus, we don't get alot of storms per year, so $200/month sounded fair to me.

As far as the truck goes, it sounds like you have a good setup. Just take very good care of the transmission. For example, I change my transmission fluid about every-other oil change. KEEP IT PINK! Also, after doing some heavy plowing, don't just park your truck and shut it off. Let it run for a few minutes to allow the trans to cool off. If you don't have a transmission cooler, PUT ONE ON! Also, make sure you come to a complete stop before you go changing gears, and don't be in too much of a hurry. You're better off taking a little more time than ruining your truck.

Good luck, and welcome aboard.



Go easy on your truck. Make sure it has the proper running equipment for plowing. Treat it like a kid. Give it all of its maintenance when it needs it. Don't spare any expense keeping it in tip top condition. Your livelyhood will depend on no down time and so will your customers.