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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by melver78, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. melver78

    melver78 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hi guys I just start doing snow removal with a snow thrower I been doing some driveways and small stores.. but I don't know how much do I have to charge for driveways and what are the rates in Michigan .... I will appreciate yr help..Thumbs Up
  2. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    what size path ?
  3. melver78

    melver78 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I been blowing a 100 ft driveways
  4. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    what size path does the blower clear in inches ( 24,32,36,48,52 ) ?
    i charge by the sq.ft. with blowers

    just figure how many sq. ft. you can clear in 1 hr. (keeeping total accumulation and precipitaion type in mind ).
    multiply that by your hourly rate ,of course with a minimum rate of 1 hour to start .

    always a cash deal with this type of application.
  5. melver78

    melver78 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I have 22'' blower,,, but I hear that some people are charging 25 buckw for driveway...that's true??
  6. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    1000 ft driveway or 50 ft driveway ?

    believe none of what you HEAR , and half of what you see

    minus $4.00 gallon brings you to approx. $18.00 .
    shoot for the stars kid .

    push the salt , thats where the profit is .
    dont give it away . its cheaper to stay home with popcorn and a good movie .payup
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  7. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    i know of someone here willing to pay $50 to have a blower instead of a plow,....get a 24 to 30 inch 10hp machine(still easy to handle) and charge accordingly for the service....you are providing a premium service and should command the compensation
  8. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I think you should just have them pay you in beer instead.
  9. Greenstar lawn

    Greenstar lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    Yeah at least a 6 pack.

    In my part of Michigan for your standard 2 car drive its $30 and if any walk ways need to get shoveled maybe an ex $5.i try to upsell robo melt but it's tough for residentials to sign up for it. This is for snow plowing I just saw you were using a blower
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  10. willshome

    willshome Junior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 29

    walkways are the good money maker for me most plow guys do not want to get out of their nice warm truck (smart) and shovel a walkway, so if your willing to get out and do walkways as a add-on but you have to bill to make it worth your time