Looking for guidance

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Radake's Lawn Servie, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Radake's Lawn Servie

    Radake's Lawn Servie Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Possibly getting into plowing this season. I currently have a 2010 F-150 and I am just wondering if the truck would work to get my feet wet? I've heard that purchasing a used plow truck isn't exactly the best way to go since I wouldn't know exactly how the truck has been ran. The few customer I do have just have small lots that would need cleaned. Just looking for help from experienced folks.

    Thanks in advanced.
     
  2. cjames808

    cjames808 Senior Member
    from SE WI
    Messages: 561

    Never had luck with a truck that had a plow on it. I have mounted every single plow after that lesson!

    If you can find something to fit the 150 it would be fine for smaller work loads. Better than no plow.
     
  3. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,014

    Couple things to be sure of since it looks as though you do lawn care,
    Make sure your
    Truck can handle a plow, there was a few years of the f150 that had electronic steering and it was difficult to find an installer that would put his name on it along with a plow,
    Be sure your insurance will cover you, many companies won’t, be sure you can schedule the time that it takes, no vacations unless you have a backup, make friends, if your truck goes down, better have someone you can call so your clients don’t have to.

    And lastly, don’t have your clients pre pay you only to not show up.
     
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  4. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth PlowSite.com Addict
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    You signed contracts to plow lots without anything to do the work with?
     
  5. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Fanatic
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    You buy a plow truck from a minici where you possibly know someone or if not would be okay. I bought 5 trucks with plows on them, had no more trouble than anybody else. Did not plow.
    https://www.auctionsinternational.c...2-chevy-silverado-3500-hd-pickup-truck-120109
     
  6. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Fanatic
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    What is wrong with that?
     
  7. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,824

    Make sure the insurance end is covered before you even go any further would be my advise.

    You may find that if it don't make dollars... it don't make sense.
     
  8. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,041

    Why buy the equipment if your not awarded any contracts. :rolleyes: :laugh:
     
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  9. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Fanatic
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    Buy a truck, you do need to be insured for your own benefit. Worst comes to worst you can sit at a busy convenience store and do driveways.

    PITA when your busy and taking a break for coffee and they storm your truck and you have a full route. You would be surprised the people that are not prepared for a snowfall.
     
  10. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,824

    My point exactly. I bid work all the time that we do not have any of the tools/ machines/ experience to do the work.

    If I get awarded the work, buy or rent the tools/ equipment needed.

    Then I go on u tube university and become an overnite expert at it! :dizzy:
     
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    Radake's Lawn Servie

    Radake's Lawn Servie Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Yes I did. I can always sub out if I don't buy the equipment. I have done this in the past
     
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    Radake's Lawn Servie

    Radake's Lawn Servie Junior Member
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    Thank you for the insight. Very helpful.
     
  13. OP
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    Radake's Lawn Servie

    Radake's Lawn Servie Junior Member
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    Thanks for the input. I've had people tell me there's no way they'd every plow with a 1/2 ton. Put plow sales have told me they put them on 1/2 tons often enough to feel safe saying its ok.
     
  14. Freshwater

    Freshwater PlowSite Veteran
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    My first truck was a half ton.
    Plowed with it for my first year.
    Every other time I went out something broke.
    It didnt snow much at all that year.
    To this day I thank my lucky stars that it didnt.

    However I put a little plow on a cousins dakota, and it's been bullet proof for a couple years now.