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Need some help

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Just Cuts, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. Just Cuts

    Just Cuts Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I have a lawn maintenance & landscaping co. with about 55 cust. About half of my accounts have asked about snow removal.I would like to get into snow removal but have some questions. I was thinking of two snow blowers to start with.Should I charge per hour or ask for a sum up front? Anyone else just use blowers?Need opinions to help me decide if I should do this. Thanks
  2. Duplantisjj

    Duplantisjj Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    I think you'd have to consider how much time you'd spend behind a snowblower doing driveways. A good plow/truck and you're average suburb driveway is done in 5 minutes....You may spend 20 - 30 minutes with a blower. If you've got 10-20 driveways, that's 4-8 hrs of work with a blower (that is....work outside pushing a blower in the cold :cry: )....likely for the same charge per driveway as with a plow. Oh, then you have to load and unload to each site. You just have to decide what's your time and your health worth to you.... :waving:

    I definitely won't miss blowing my driveway this year...

    Good Luck
  3. bterry

    bterry Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    Welcome to the site. And I agree with Duplantisjj.

    Also, you should consider the cost of the equipment. If you buy two decent blowers, you'll have as much invested as you would if you buy a good used plow for your F250 4x4. I think the investment would also be returned much sooner than with blowers. You'd possibly pick up more work with a plow than you would with a blower.

    At any rate, back to your question. I only use a blower when absolutely necessary. I also do not charge by the hour, nor up front payment - I charge by the push, bill once a month. It just works for me. You can find all of the reasons/opinions for each option by searching this site.

    Don't forget to get the proper insurance if you go with a plow.
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I think you can either give them a price for the season or per push but not per hour for residential. If you are thinking about 2 snowblowers then that means 2 trucks and 2 men. Even if you own the extra truck you still have to pay someone to use the blower. A good plow is always the best, you may get some extra work subbing after your homes are done.