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Price for sanding

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by GSullivan, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. GSullivan

    GSullivan Senior Member
    Messages: 138

    Can someone tell me the simplest we to charge for sanding?Is it easier to charge by the load or size of the job?I've been plowing for 5 years and I bought a sander for this years season so please bear with me.Any info would be great.Thanks,Georgeussmileyflag
  2. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872



    A lot depends on your cost of sand,

    and what kind of bargain you can get

    with the gravel pit around here the freight

    costs more than the materials per ton and

    if you use a high tonnage you may be able

    obtain a price break per ton.

    If you can buy a trailer load 40 tons for example,

    you will save on freight cost and the nice thing

    about sand is it will not go bad but it will clump,

    unless you use a gallon or two of windshield washer

    fluid in each load.

    As you are reselling the sand with your service it

    you have to provide a tax exempt certificate to

    the gravel pit when they send the bill to you to

    avoid paying sales tax.

    If you charge a flat rate per season you and your

    customer both win as you know how much work

    your customer needs every year and you do

    not lose money.

    You could also vacuum the lots with a small

    tractor mounted sweeper vac like a billy goat or

    cyclone rake using a rotary broom on a 2 wheel tractor

    using a sulky to ride and sweep- BCS makes a great

    2 wheel tractor which has 2 sweeper sizes and

    other attachments.

  3. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    Consider the two most popular pricing structures for your customers. Per application may be your best and easiest way to keep things more simple and easier for your billing. Some clients may want to be charged for actual usages which quantities and time involved will vary from ap to ap based on conditions. You will need to have a handle on your material and labor costs along with what your market will bear.
  4. GSullivan

    GSullivan Senior Member
    Messages: 138

    Per visit

    Great info,I'm very thankful.I think I'll go with the per application billing system.It seems much simpler to me.If I show up and sand,I get paid.Done deal.I'll be sanding most of my customers that I've been plowing for the last 5 seasons and I've "weeded" out the deadbeats and slow payers.I'm sure you guys know what I'm talking about.My sander needs a little attention which I'll be working on soon.Thanks again,Georgeussmileyflag
  5. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    Sanding is a waste of your time, consider using treated salt or salt instead.