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Charge to salt?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by sameakman, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. sameakman

    sameakman Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I am new to this forum and appreciate that this question has probably been asked quite a few times, but, I will ask anyway.

    I am located in Western Pa about half way between Pittsburgh and Erie. I have been plowing for 4 years. Mostly residential and a couple small complexes. Last year I subcontracted to a large snow removal company. I plowed and salted a very large mall for them, using there backhoes and snow boxes and my skidsteer and two Ford dump trucks to do clean up. I was paid hourly for each of my operators and was supplied all salt for salting- salted 34 times using about 300 tons salt.

    Question is: This year I am looking to bid plowing and salting for 5 student apartment complexes. To salt all of these I will use a toatl of 2-3 ton salt. I am able to purchase bulk salt for $135 ton- at least at the beginning of the season. To plow these all these lots I am bidding complex #1-$180-56400sf, #2-$150-47700sf, #3-235-75150sf, #4-$105-32625sf, #5-$65-18450sf for 2-4" and increases at different snowfalls. Is it industry accepted to charge the same to salt as plowing? Any suggestions?

    I have read several posts where billing questions are asked and most get no solid answers.
    I have given the information on what I am bidding at and would appreciate helpful answers.

    Thank you for your responses and time.
  2. rblake

    rblake Senior Member
    from dayton
    Messages: 293

    I have always been around 70 percent of the plowing. This year i raised it to 80 percent. The profit on salting is going to be less this year.