Hourly Rates

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by timblatt, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. spencers

    spencers Senior Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 147

    yeah for sure. I have a ton of account but a friend referred this guy to me because he needed help. I have insurance and everything any ways because I need it for my business. I just don't think it's worth the price for wear and tear and to run all over for him. He pays that price for even someone that is a rookie. lol
     
  2. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite Veteran
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    Exactly
     
  3. 906Yooper

    906Yooper Member
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  4. areoseek

    areoseek Senior Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 114

    The scary part about that statement is that it's pretty close. Every joe blow and their mother has a plow up here. very few with the correct insurance though... makes it hard for people going legit to make $$$. people driving prices down.
     
  5. Roy1347

    Roy1347 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hi all.
    Anyone from Mid Hudson Valley NY in here??
    New,Old guy trying to learn.
    Pricing,insurance etc.
    First truck and not going to put my ass on the line without lube!!
    Thanks
     
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  6. Nursemylawn

    Nursemylawn Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Thank you very much everyone for your informative messages!!
    Also, I'm trying to buy a snow spreader, but I don't have enough money to buy one of those big hopper spreaders. Do you guys recommend the tailgate spreaders? Home Depot has 400lbs around $1000.00 but I don't know if that's big enough for parking lots.. I don't have a lot customers now but I want to get something that I could use it for long term..
    Thanks in advance...
     
  7. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite Veteran
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    What brand spreader is it. Remember you get what you pay for and that's a lot cheaper than most normal tailgate spreaders.
     
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  8. Nursemylawn

    Nursemylawn Junior Member
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  9. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite Veteran
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    It's iffy I think. I don't think that model has a vibrator or anything in it. Maybe someone else can give an opinion on that unit. What is the biggest area you have to salt this year? The high quality broadcast walk behind will throw a 18 foot pattern. They are like 350-500 bucks and will hold 100 pounds of salt. If you don't have big stuff to salt this year you could save 600 bucks over that tailgate spreader and put that money toward a V box next year?
     
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  10. Ford.crazy

    Ford.crazy Junior Member
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    I run one like this, for small lots on one of our small pickups. I have an older model can't remember the model number right now. Anyways if the salt is dry and doesn't get any moisture in it, it will work fine. The electric motor is another problem. All the road salt and slush gets right in the motor, be ready to buy a motor a year or two, depending how much you use it.. They cost a couple hundred bucks. I prefer a v box any day of the week, but they do have an advantage over a big v box. easy to store, can take it on and off quick and cheaper to buy.
     
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  11. Nursemylawn

    Nursemylawn Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Thank you! I'll get a walk behind this year hopefully make some $$ to update it
     
  12. Nursemylawn

    Nursemylawn Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Hi ktftgb,
    Do you know how to send a private message on this website?
     
  13. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite Veteran
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    You just go to their profile and hit the start a conversation
     
  14. Nursemylawn

    Nursemylawn Junior Member
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    But still it will be visible for others if they open your profile?
     
  15. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb PlowSite Veteran
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    I don't think so. Not sure though
     
  16. JCONTRACTING

    JCONTRACTING Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    That is for sub work though, if you're pushing your own work you better be charging far more than that.
     
  17. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite Veteran
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    thought we had a way to pm?...maybe it was the old software?
     
  18. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 697

    Some excellent information in here.

    I have never subbed myself but I can tell you one thing, and I'm pretty sure we all can agree to this, the client always thinks it's too much. In fact I bet you could pay them to plow their lot and they would still say it costs too much.

    I have yet to find a customer that's a fan of the billing aspect, they all love the service though.

    As for the hourly discussion I have heard operators getting 35 an hour.
     
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  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    I used to get in trouble for giving this kind of advice........
     
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  20. JCONTRACTING

    JCONTRACTING Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    Kind of goofy to get into trouble for giving that kind of advice... kinda part of what we are all here for.