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is it worth renting a loader?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jvm81, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    New cat dealer in town and they want business. I could easliy go after larger work but is it worth the rental rate of a wheel loader and pusher (they use artic). I have trucks and plows, skid wih blower and skid with kage pusher for small / medium lots but I am about maxed on accounts/timeframe to get things done already. And I have one guy in town with a cat 928 and pro tech pusher who only charges per push......no one is talking on what they pay him.....how to figure that out? That is charge per push.
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Sounds like u need a seasonal to help control cost.
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I guess it depends if you want to grow, if you can pick up more accounts, your current account structure (seasonals vs per push), how good the rental rate is, etc. Its a personal call, useing large heavy equipment requires a different mindset somewhat, greatly decreases abuse to trucks, etc.
  4. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    You can usually buy far cheaper than renting with good terms and then you have the asset.

    If your winter work can make the year round payments then any summer work is gravy.

    But I would do seasonal, not hourly on big machines. It will also show how valuable they are on commercial as opposed to trucks.
  5. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    True..good thought