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Production rates for shoveling

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by timblc, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. timblc

    timblc Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I'm trying to figure how much sq. ft per hr. one man can do for a bid. Also was wondering the the cost per bag to spread sidewalk salt (calcium/magnesium)
  2. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Hi and welcome to the site,

    You may want to try the search button between the "new posts" and "quick links" .
    You will certainly find your answers, great people too!
    To the question: it depends on what your employee will be using e.g. snow blower , bobcat,atv etc.
    Sample cost: e.g. 100lbs spread $24.00 best of luck!
  3. snowguys

    snowguys Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    for a 50lb bag of calcium $35

    and what would you guy be useing?
  4. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    How can someone measure production rates on shoveling? There is the lazy, tired, cold, under paid worker that can do a sidewalk in 10 minutes. Where the hard working, fresh, warm, highly paid worker can do it in 2 minutes.

    Figure out how many hours you will be plowing and then figure in a shoveler at their rate for that many hours. Divide everything out and you will have your rate.
  5. timblc

    timblc Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thank you for the search idea. Depending on the snow we use a 24" snow shovel or 18" toro snow blower.
  6. timblc

    timblc Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Thank you for the info. I try to keep in the bench mark price range to help keep the "professional" image for our industries deserves! I use pure melt which contains CMA. to clear sidewalks we use 24" snow shovels or 18" snow blower depending on the snow>
  7. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    Go outside and pretend you are shoveling a walk with moderate snowfall. Measure your distance and time then come up with an appropriate hourly rate and calculate away.


    Say you want $50 per hr, that would be $.83 per minute. It takes you 20 minutes to clear 100ft. That would be $16.67 per 100ft of sidewalk or $.1667 per ft.

    CJSLAWNSERVICE Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    Around my parts the neighbors would definitely call the police.... They would think ur drunk of something! xysport