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driveways or commercial?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 94gt331, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. 94gt331

    94gt331 Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 293

    Which do you perfer the most plowing and why? I do both and perfer commercial but I like doing driveways also because it's quick easy money.
  2. blizzardsnow

    blizzardsnow Member
    Messages: 83

    Commercial partly because that is what we are equipped for. I would personally rather deal with 20 commercial clients than 60 resi. And I have never gotten stuck in the parking lot at a retail center whereas people's driveways that drift can ruin a productive morning. Generally I think it depends on how you are equipped.
  3. BossPlowMaster

    BossPlowMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    I take care of a lot more residential places than I do commercial... what I think commercial has going for it is the fact that you can sit behind a truck more often. I have a 24 hr. old folks home and other than the constant maintenance on the property I love how it keeps me busy. I think it is easier to take care of commercial properties because you don't have to deal with 50 customers giving you crap all the time. Salting commercial is a money maker... but I like residentials because with the equipment I have... it takes little to no time and you can make an upwards of $200 an hour if you are good.
  4. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    I have both but more driveways. I make more from the driveways so I like them better. But as was said drifting can be real fun sometimes. I have gotten stuck in the middle of a driveway before.
  5. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    We do both. I run utility tractors with front mount blowers for all side walk/driveways. Bc with Kage pusher, bc with bc blower, and trucks and plows. 2 sanders . I do both enjoy the break up of clients
  6. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Mix of both, but very important to have a second day of non resident driveways to do. I like the non residents best. No pressure, no cars in the way, no packed snow, easy peezy.
  7. Meezer

    Meezer Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 300

    We have both. I prefer driveways because it is quick & easy money.payup
  8. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Commercial There more money to be made Driveways is most of the time a 1 visit after storm is over.
    Commercial lots I'll visit 3-4 times during a storm plus there could be 2 salting visits

    Driveways I have, I do there Commercial lots other wise I wouldn't even have any
  9. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I prefer driveways. I'd rather deal with a homeowner than some corporate office. There is more flexibility to getting them done, too.
  10. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    All commercial less headaches
  11. Eggie329

    Eggie329 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    The only residentials I take are people who have used me for years and are loyal. The last few years there's been a huge increase in the people stuffing a single stage snow blower in the back of a 1993 Chevy Cavalier and charging $5 for a driveway which has run most of the legitimate businesses out of residentials. I prefer commercial anyway because once you're there, you don't have to get back on the road for a while and can just stay in the truck. There's also more maneuvering room and less hopping from address to address. This year, I'll only be taking residentials on the side if I can soak em' because they're screwed!
  12. stone74

    stone74 Member
    Messages: 52

    I totally agree here in Winnipeg everyone and there dog does snow clearing in the winter, what keeps me going are all my loyal year round clients. I run 2 trucks with crews and laugh when I see the guy unloading his snowblower out of the back of his van or SUV (must smell great in there) I have stayed away from commercial for now, lots of money to be made doing the on call after the snow falls, they pay me way more than my client base does and they are happy to do so.
  13. Roper7

    Roper7 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Commercial for me. I enjoy getting out early while everyone else is still in bed. No traffic, empty lots, low triggers, and nobody complaining that you woke them up with your plow. Get to go fast, fast equals money. And the best is seeing how much more business my customers get during the day than others, because our lots are so clean and easy for people to park and get in and out.
  14. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Completely agree.
  15. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 722

    Commercial, tried driveways for a few years and most likely won't do them again
  16. CashinH&P

    CashinH&P Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    Did 30 driveways my first year, add two parking lots last year, I cut back to 10 driveways (lawn care customers) and added 15 smaller commercial lots this year. I prefer doing parking lots over driveways.
  17. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Same here Thumbs Up
  18. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    A few years ago you would have never seen that here, but now you can't drive down a street without running into them. It must drive the city plow operators nuts having them blocking un plowed streets.
  19. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    Residential, atleast until I get the equipment to handle commercial work, then things may change
  20. Meezer

    Meezer Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 300

    That & them blowing all the snow onto the roadways:nono: