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New to the game

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by bowhunter1977, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. bowhunter1977

    bowhunter1977 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey All , I am new to the game of plowing snow , I have been in the trades since i was 13 and was a superintendent for 5 yrs but due to the economy i am in corrections and own a home improvement company , i push constantly and see alot of potential in snow removal. i am very interested in learning from anybody willing to lend info. on bidding , most effective practices . i have a 05 f250 with a wireless sno-way 29d series plow and a 400lb cap. hitch spreader and an arians sno-blower , i want to get some of my own contracts and have a couple people on standby as needed.i am in the millersville area and and would love to sub or pick up work . just some schedule issues with my work but i have arrangements any ideas . thanx
  2. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,231

    Well first off the response you are going to get about bidding is going to be.
    1. Depends on your area.
    2, You only know what it cost to operate and make a profit.

    As far as subbing people are always looking for subs on Cl, call around to your local plowing companies and see if they need any subs.
    Good luck.
  3. bowhunter1977

    bowhunter1977 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    thanks for replying thats true just curious if there is any formula to it or just keep figuring out the amount of icemelt and amount of time to clear a lot, do oyu prefer hourly or flat price ?
  4. qualitycut

    qualitycut PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,231

    Most customers are going to want a flat price so they can have a better idea of what to expect as far as costs, I add about 25% for over 4 inch snowfalls. As far as salt some people will say 500 pounds an acre but depends on what your goal is whether your trying to melt hard packed snow or just a .5 inch of fluff temp will play a role also.

    Use the search tab on top and you will find days worth of stuff on all these topics.
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    just real the forums here first
    search button is your friend