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new to buisness can i get alittle help from pennsylvania users

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by DAVID1963, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. DAVID1963

    DAVID1963 Member
    Messages: 35

    i am not new to plowing but am new to plowing as part of my own business and wondering if anyone in pennsylvania can help me with what i should charge for basic drive ways and comercial lots, i just want some basic pricing for pa plowing and for salting if possible,also snow blowing. I would appreciate any help!!! thanks.
  2. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    what part of pa...commercially we are getting $80 - $90 an hour plus about $50 a 1/4 ton forsalting. driveways for an average one about $40 but we dont do too many driveways mostly just our lawn customers
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I wasn't going to post because i'm not from pa but it's all relative.
    Anyone can tell you there price. But what does it mean to you?

    We do not know your overhead, only you.
    You need to sit down and crunch some ##
    You say you are not new to plowing so how much$$ does take to run your truck an HR?
    wear and tear.

    How much do you need to make?
    I could tell you that I charge X for drives.
    You start to also charge X but at the end of the year you lost money, How could this be.

    If It costs you $50hr to opperate.
    Materials X 3 or 50X3=$150hr

    Work out the Q asked on/at this site on a spread sheet and post it when you are done...

    Ps, Welcome to plowSite

    Relax, take your shues off, set a spell...
  4. DAVID1963

    DAVID1963 Member
    Messages: 35

    THANKS TOM, i am from the lansdale area and just starting a new landscaping/snow plowing business this year,what would you do as far as using a snow blower or not,i was going to use a walk behind spreader and a snow blower for walks or do you think i should invest in a tailgate salt spreader and leave the blower behind? I dont know how i could take a blower on my truck if i have a tailgate spreader because i dont want to use a swing away mount for the spreader do to having to put holes in my truck bed for mounting and lifting my blower in and out of the bed would be a bit too much. what do you guys do? Thanks alot Dave!
  5. TSherman

    TSherman Member
    Messages: 74

    I would charge $150 an hour, and triple your product costs for applications. If you want to raise those prices by 10-20 percent that would help the guys in this area that have been in business a while too!
  6. BossPlow614

    BossPlow614 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,870

    Don't charge by the hour! Never, ever charge by the hour! Opens up doors to parameters you don't want!

    Figure out how long the job would take you and price accordingly. You'd be an idiot to try to make charge $150/hr & you're plowing a driveway that takes 5 min ($12.50 is what that calculates to be ) to do and you sit there and screw around til you get to 12 min spent on the property to get the $30 that is to be charged. Always configure how many man hours the job will take & bill accordingly

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  7. TSherman

    TSherman Member
    Messages: 74

    Shhhhh! He lives like 5 minutes from me! LOL
  8. Tubby's Snow Plowing

    Tubby's Snow Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    This thread is 3 years old.
  9. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

    Yea it really is.