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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by LifeOutdoors, Sep 7, 2007.

  1. LifeOutdoors

    LifeOutdoors Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    We are new to the snow plowing industry and we are looking for some help and guidance. Our first year of snow plowing was last winter and we worked as sub-contractors to another snow plowing company. We have 3 large cat skid steers, an articulating loader, 2 1-ton trucks with plows and have two large trucks that we are thinking of adding salting equipment and 20-25 snow shovelers.

    We have some questions and would like any advice we can get.

    Should we get into the direct plowing business, rather than the sub-contracting business?
    If we do can anyone give us direction on how to set up the contracts?
    If we stay as sub-contractors does anyone have advice on how to setup our contract with the primary contractor?
    Any other advice anyone has would be appreciated!
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    That's one heck of a fleet of equipment for a sub contractor!! I'm assuming you do something else durring the off winter seasons to use that large equipment.

    I can't really help you much on this but, WELCOME TO PLOWSITE!!!!!
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    THAT MUCH EQUIPMENT and you're just starting out without even having customers or contracts? Try going out on your own and you'll likely go broke, fast. Get with the largest construction/snow contractor in your area. I'd say they'll be glad to have you. Work out hourly rates for each piece of equipment and operator. After a year or two, you'll need a few pretty large contracts with the city/state/federal government. Maybe a couple of shopping malls in addition to streets. But your liability exposure is going to be major and you'll need Commercial and Municipal insurance which will likely want to see some time in the business (3-5 years).

    As for contracts - at that level, you'll want to consult an attorney. As a sub, you'll likely be signing thiers.
  4. LifeOutdoors

    LifeOutdoors Junior Member
    Messages: 2

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