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could use opinion!!!!!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Lawn&Snow, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    Im subbing this year and using a company truck i was thinking next year going out on my own.
    I have a chance to get a 03 f250 crew cab in the spring for a cheep price. then i was thinking what money i have left and make over the summer i would like to get a western plow ether a 8'6 pro plus or a wideout!

    if i do residential and a few small lots could i make enough to pay for a brand new plow in 1 season! and im only 18 so im not made of money so i don't want to take a huge loss but i really want this to happen. any in site would be greatly appreciated!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    You can make enough money if you don't have a breakdowns. But you need to cover your insurance and operating costs first.
    I wouldn't plan on it but HOPE that you do
  3. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    So would i be better off getting a used plow then?
  4. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    No buy new this way you know what it has hit, broke. to me used plows are like underwear. after you get the sh*! out you still don't know where they have been .
  5. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    imo , at 18 i'd stay in someone elses truck until you have mastered the art of snow removal . it's alot cheaper

    you'll know this when you can do a curbside crawl sweep staying atleast 2" away without sticking your neck out the window

    or driving down a double parked street with large marge hanging on the front without taking sideview mirrors off down one side.
    mirrors are your best friends , use them . who knows , you may be good by now .

    you asked for an opinion ;) good luck and keep the shinyside up.


    Last edited: Nov 21, 2009
  6. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    that's what i was thinking to start with
  7. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    i have been driving equipment almost all my life so im not like most 18 year olds i have a lot of hours and skills with that kind of thing already. and this is something i have wanted to do for the last 2 years
  8. F350plowing

    F350plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    if you can pay for a truck and a plow before winter comes then i would say go for it but dont get in over your head and what about walks you would need a bower or something also
  9. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    im going to get a truck regardless if i plow on my own or not so that's not a big deal. and i have a john deere that i was going to get a blade for to use for walks.but just starting out i don't think i would have many accounts especially big ones so that should not be a problem.
  10. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    there you go dude , then pull the trigger and get er done.
  11. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Have you gotten a quote on insurance?
  12. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    That'll put some sh_t in his drawers.
  13. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    Yes and it was actually less then i thought it would be
  14. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Plenty of good used plows out there.
    You should be able to fix a new or used plow when and if it breaks down anyway.
    Most dealer aren't open at 2am anyway.
  15. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Why is this same thread in two different sections? Same Exact one.
  16. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    i would say go for it, in Minn, there is alot of snow, and as far as the plow, if you can pay for a new one, that is what i would get, when you buy a used one, you have no idea how many man hole covers it has hit, if there is any small cracks in the welds, and why is it for sale? the new one will have a warranity, so if something goes wrong, you won't be paying for the repairs unless it is from abuse, either way, good luck, most everyone in this biz has been there when they started, one note of caution, if the truck is a crew cab long box, it will be hard to plow in tight spaces, good for big lots, not good for circular drives
  17. Lawn&Snow

    Lawn&Snow Member
    Messages: 31

    it is a crew cab short box
  18. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    That's what I'm wondering too. Usually, that never goes very well.
  19. F350plowing

    F350plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    maybe you can plow for the same guy you are this year, next season with your own equipment to pay for it then go out on your own the following season
  20. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Nothing to see here, move along now.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009