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Can't Drop Them.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by SnoFarmer, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I dropped my only account that required that the sidewalks be cleared this year.
    Reasons their is no money in sidewalks, I'm to lazy, had knee surgery.
    Pick one or all three:D

    Well they called today.
    They want me to plow there lot again.
    I say, I can't do the sidewalks.
    They say that they found someone to do them, can you plow it?

    You got to love it, They find and pay the sidewalk crew!

    I hum and haw...
    They tell me the guy that they have now
    "does not push the snow back over the curb":eek:
    Does not stack the snow over the edge at the end of the lot like I did
    were loosing parking sopts:D

    Again I'm a little slow to answer.
    That sounds like a lot of work to clean that "mess" up?
    There reply, Will you do it ? You can charge us what you think it is worth. We really want you t to do it.
    we just want you back ..

    I guess they liked the service..

    Ole curb hopperxysport
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    You're sure proud of the fact you're beating the he!! out of your equipment :nod:

    But on the other hand, if you're getting paid well enough to do it then by all means have at it Ole curb hopperxysport :waving:
  3. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    maybe hes just good at what he does:rolleyes:
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Some times I am very hard on them, you are right.
    They are a tool to do a job with. A work truck;)

    Thanks, lol lots of practice....
  5. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Look at his avatar, he should be good at hoppin';)

    Hey SnoFarmer there's "hops" in beer too. :cool:
  6. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i don't get the big deal over the curbs. how else you going to get the snow up there?
    i run over curbs all the time when i am not even plowing. .
    long as you do it gently......:)
    congrats sno. guess your pretty excited about that.
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    hop hop hop....purplebou:redbounce:bluebounc

    Yea, it's nice to know your services are appreciated.

    , Hops should be a part of any balanced diet.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2008
  8. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Cost of doing biz
  9. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I don't see the big deal either. I just start raising right before the curb & up it goes!
  10. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    There is a big difference between lifting the snow up over the curb and driving the truck up over the curb.

    I don't drive over curbs because

    a)I don't wanna bust up my trucks,
    b)I don't wanna pay for their landscaping in the spring,

    but I have no problem lifting the snow up and stacking it on the far side of the curb...
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    AKA Ole CurbHopper hear.:D:

    What is the difference if you cone back with a loader and then drive over the curb to the designated snow area and stack it.

    Or you do it with a WORK truck?
    What I see is.

    I do not have the expense of a loader.
    Possible higher maintenance costs for a truck?
    Maybe I get 63k out of a set of ball joints.
    (I use heavy Front springs, the #46-#47 combo;)
    The damage to the landscaping is less with a work truck than if you used a heavy loader.
    Surprisingly enough if you push the snow to defined area and tear up a small part of the landscaping they don't ***** at all.

    If i have to hop the curb to get there I will .
    I drive a work truck that is owned by my snow plowing business, it's porpoise it lifeis to plow snow and make money.

    Now if I pushed up little piles all around the curb now you would be damaging the landscaping all the way around the lot.:realmad:

    Plow with the storm.
    plow early, plow often.
    2in triggers or less.

    Jmo> different areas different techniques..

    Not to say that we never use a loader to dig out of a big storm..
    Let's be honest we clear the lot! What ever it takes.payup

    Hey ! Thanks for the rant.
  12. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I agree...whatever it takes to make the customer happy while still making a good profit at the end of the day!
  13. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I have too totaly agree with SF. If your going too do a good job you can't be worring about every little thing that is going too be rough on your equipment, If so we don't belong plowing snow, I sub my f 250 to the town where i live plowing streets and we are required too plow curb to curb. and you can't do a good job without hitting curbs now and then, You have to try and be carefull but not too a point where you don't do the job that is expected of you.

  14. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    snowfarmer i have a question. in the spring when all the snow melts is there tracks and ruts all over the lawn from where you pushed the piles back or do you not seem to have a problem with that???
  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    lol I don't do landscaping;)

    Would the ruts be smaller if you used a bob cat or a loader?. A truck is the lighter of the three.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008
  16. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    If only LLM was still about eh? ;) we'd be up to 20 pages by now lol.

    Just to ask how many accounts do you have? no walks to do means your probably high on the accounts total due to time saved.Congrats though,wish my old accounts were this way,maybe next year.
  17. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    What does the # of accounts have to do with it?:confused:
    Lots of small ones or a few large ones or a mix.....

    4. 24/7 restaurants, a clinic, a lawyers office, a office building,
    2 industrial accounts , a laundry mat, barber shop and 7 residential drives.
    Is that enough lol.

    It took a long time to line up accounts that did not require any shoveling or sidewalk work.

    :D LLm
  19. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Actually, I've never needed to bring a loader in to any of my accounts, ever! Damn close a couple times (on a few small accounts), but we've always made it without. Maybe I'm just lucky.

    Not saying I wouldn't climb a curb if I needed to, just wouldn't make a habit of doing it regularly...

    Only ever had one account (that I didn't take the job) ever want me to, but then again, these were the same people that wanted me to bring in the 6' snowblower and blow the snow piles over the chain link fence onto their neighbours property.....

  20. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I don't hop the curb at all of them...:nono:

    Some don't have curbsxysport