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Do you love your job?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by TheMan, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. TheMan

    TheMan Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Got a lot of money to invest and I want to try this. I don't care if I average out to just over minimum wage after expenses I just really love to drive trucks in the snow and after reading for a couple hours it seems like most of you do too!!!

    The fun aside I would really like to make good money too so here is my question... what would you do if you where me? I currently have a zr2 Sonoma but understand its not really worth putting a plow on and I have lots of money and willingness to upgrade to a 3/4 ton with a real front axle (sorry fellow Chevy guys:waving:). I know ppl who will subcontract me and figure thats best to start out since I'm wet behind the ears but also would have no problem getting my own commercial accounts.

    What kind of set up would you go with (truck/plow brand) if you could start all over from the beginning and what would you do to maximize profits wile remaining ethical?payup
  2. Steve'sZr2

    Steve'sZr2 Member
    Messages: 86

    step 1: drop zr2 off at Diversified Creation
    step 2: ask to have 6'' solid axle kit installed
    step 3: now customize plow to work with a solid axled zr2
    step4: enjoy plowing in an awesome zr2 while no longer having front end problems.

    :laughing: payup
  3. TheMan

    TheMan Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I love my zr2 I have bought two, is this what you did? How much dose that cost?
  4. Steve'sZr2

    Steve'sZr2 Member
    Messages: 86

    I wish I could do that. the price is on Mike's website. Total end cost with installation? maybe ~$5,500?
    If I were to get into the snow removal business as a serious contractor I would definitely buy something stronger and fitted to do the job. Such as a f-250 with a v-plow. Right now, I promised to graduate college and use my zr2 but after that I plan on buying a work truck.
    I have a 7ft fisher on my Z, it does okay, but I would not want to make it a full time plow rig. Its just fun to go out and plow, kinda like what you mentioned. I just wish I had a large area to plow.
  5. TheMan

    TheMan Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    yeah I just looked them up and their site says about 4k. It would be cheaper to just keep repairing the stock front end for that much. Cool shop tho and not far from me...
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Much easier to go buy a 2010 Ford F250 with a Boss V plow!
  7. ajman21

    ajman21 Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    you can do it cheaper yourself just google a s10 forum and there are dozens of how too's for a sas. I would love to have the money for the parts! maybe i will after this plow season!
  8. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    I agree with Grandview nice big Ford with Boss V plow but hey its not my money wesport wesport
  9. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    Yeah if you do hit me up, I am about 7-8 miles from their shop. I drive by 20+ times per week. I see lots of nice trucks roll out of there.

    Honestly for the price you are better off finding a 3/4ton and doing it right the first time.
  10. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,770

    Good news is that your front end will be strong, but the rest of the truck will be junk! :D
  11. TheMan

    TheMan Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I was already leaning that way but I'm not totally against a Dodge or Chevy just looking at the deals in my area... seems like all the true workhorses are Fords tho

    I don't plan on going there it was just an idea the other guy with a zr2 had, would be cool but not very cost effective.
  12. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Ford superduty with an 8' straight blade, something commercial grade like a pro-plus, blizzard, boss superduty, etc. No sense in spending extra money on fancy v-plows or power plows if you're going to be subbing anyway, as in most cases you get paid for time, not efficiency.
  13. TheMan

    TheMan Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Very good point, I'm being told $45hr to sub
  14. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180


    I been hear 50-80 dollars per hours here.
  15. TheMan

    TheMan Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Should I push for the extra doe or wait till I have proved myself and then demand the raise? No pun intended...
  16. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    $45 an hour in your truck, your plow, your insurance, your repair bills and your time...
    Laugh at the guy and walk away.
  17. ABES

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

    $50 bare minimum as a sub with an 8' plow and 3/4 ton truck. $60 is more reasonable.
  18. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    Thanks alot..

    People like this makes it hard for the people who try to make a living doing this.
  19. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    My dream truck would be a GMC 2500HD Duramax Diesel with a 8.5' Fisher Xtreme V.
  20. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Plowing snow sucks.......................it's the $$ and only the $$ that I look forward to.