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First year snow plowing

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by jonnywong, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. jonnywong

    jonnywong Member
    Messages: 30

    Alright, sorry if this is really beaten the horse here, but i need some general advice on dos and donts for a first timer trying to make some money this winter.

    Im going to be doing mostly residential, maybe small commercial. I got a '01 f350 with a curtis snopro 3000. ( 6' )

    What kind of increments in triggers do most people use?

    Like 2-4, 4-6, 6-8, 8+

    And per push is the way to go for a noob?

    And how do you change the pricing per trigger.

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Good Luck
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Buy a new plow or put some wings on that 6 footer of yours.
  4. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Are you two related?


    Seriously though, one of the perks of being a member is that you're allowed to SEARCH the forums. This exact set of questions has been asked and answered, THIS pre-season alone, about 5 times.

    So I guess I should say Welcome! You 'll find some great knowledge and some awesome people here!

    You'll have a lot more questions after you search, just more personal and detailed ones. Detailed questions that these guys will be happy to answer for you, For example, you may wonder why most of us own thousands of dollars in machinery, but work for beer money, and you'll find out why by searching. Heck, I searched and read the site, off and on for two years before I decided to get started.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2009
  5. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    No won ton soup for you!
  6. jonnywong

    jonnywong Member
    Messages: 30

    well ok, i searched and I still have some more questions.

    I see some people just take the average snowfall they get each year and divide that by the trigger (2 for most) and then divide that by 2 and then multiply by your price per push ($25 for me) so what i've got so far is

    (60" average/2) /2 *25 = $375 for the season.
    This seem reasonable?
    The reason im asking about seasonal is because thats the way some people have asked me to do it.

    oh yeah anyone from albany, ny area wanna chime in on their rates that would be great!!
  7. Sabsan84

    Sabsan84 Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    THis seems like a very helpful Thread :),lol...its like pulling teeth asking questions, haha...GOod Luck Jonny
  8. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157


    One thing your won't be able to find is rates... what you have to do is figure the amount of TIME you will be at the site for the season and multiple that figure by YOUR rate... good luck...labor rates are all over the place
  9. jonnywong

    jonnywong Member
    Messages: 30

    yea, im just tryin to figure out the competition
  10. 2002F350

    2002F350 Junior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 5

    When you do let me know! haha. Good luck
  11. pro50guy

    pro50guy Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    this will also be my first year plowing for cash as well. no payment on the truck 93 f 350 diesel 9 foot fisher, so im hoping for not much overhead and to make money by offering cheap rates. keep on your research this is a great site. im in saratoga county so let me know how you make out
  12. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Those CHEAP RATES you are going to offer can come back and bite you in the end. One major breakdown and there goes all your cheap rates money. You need to be competitive to make it in this business. The thing with bids is if you get all your bids you are too cheap and leaving money on the table in most cases when it comes to new clients. So why charge less because you have equipment paid off. I buy a new truck and in 4 years I am going to charge less for that truck since it is paid off now. That is ridiculous thinking. Good Luck with you cheap rates.
  13. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    Not to mention those "cheap rates" not only hurt you but they hurt everyone else in the industry. This is going to be my fourth year and I have seen prices drop by $10 per hour around here. There are too many guys that come in with equipment that is not up to the task or that may be paid off and they lowball the heck out of people.

    It is one thing to be priced competitively, but to just be a lowballer is the worst. I can stop paying insurance and workmans comp and go out there and work a truck for $20 an hour if I wanted to but I wont have anything to show for it. I would rather sit on a beach and go broke versus doing it plowing snow.
  14. pro50guy

    pro50guy Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    WOW somtimes i think you guys are great, other times your like pitbulls. i will probably be plowing for my niebors that either shovel or snowblow and wouldn't be taking bids anyway. im not starting a buisness, I got laid off at the begining of summer so im just lookin for a little extra cash. im not trying to lowball anybody or take food of anybodys plate. as always thanks for your input
  15. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Dude, SPELL CHECK!!
  16. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Well you made it sound like you were going out and lowballing to make a buck, But one question, are you going to get insurance for snow plowing or just do it on the side like you are talking. I mean they are your neighbors, but if something went wrong they are going to blame you in most cases. unless they sign a waiver for you to do the work.
  17. pro50guy

    pro50guy Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    im still in the air on the plowing insurance, the people i will be plowing for iv'e known for years. i would make good on any damage, and thats evan if they cared. i may still get it though, how much more is it and can you get it without a tax number? thanks for letting me know about the spelling Dude, im sure my punctuation is bad as well, good looking out though
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2009