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Residential Plowing Pricing?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by DSLND, May 22, 2006.

  1. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Hey Guys, i am wanting to get some residential plowing accounts in my neighborhood this winter but dont know what to charge. I know some charge by the hour but i know its not always going to be the same. What are u guys charging? I am 13 years old and own my own lawn care business "Dream Cut Lawn Care" I own almost all commerical equipment made up of Toro and STIHL Products and am doing lots of landscaping work. I will be plowing with my Craftsman 22.5hp Garden Tractor with 48in Plow, Tire Chains, and Wheel Weights and am hoping to get a cab and install a 12v and get a Strobe light this season. -Mitch-
  2. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Well thats what I started out with other than it was a John Deere 214.

    First go find yourself some carlie farm tractor tires. Because if you spin with the chains, you will find yourself seal coating someones driveway. (don't ask why I know that)

    Forget the cab. Unless you got a heater in it, it just fogs up. I plowed for 7 years with open cab tractors. 8th year using a tractor and now it has a cab. And guess what, I don't even use it, one of my employees does.

    I would recomment finding yourself a little heavier built tractor. A JD 314-322 from 1976 to 1992. They are the heaviers duty garden tractors built. You can pick one up for $1000. Or find a 4x4 kubota tractor with a plow. Which if you look hard enough you could find for $3000.
  3. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Thanks! What i really want is a john deere 316 - 20 bc my old partner had one and it was sweet or even a 420 but we'll see. I gots lots of time to think about it. I need to get some of those tires i really like them. What About Pricing? Thanks -Mitch-
  4. Tommy10plows

    Tommy10plows Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    farm equipment

    Can't you run farm equipment in your state on the roads at your age?

    If so, spend the $1000 or a bit more and get you an old jeep with a plow.

    Run a farm tag as your plate, then you can do your services-

    or am I just dreaming here, could you do this?
  5. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I am pretty sure you can't do that in any state... I know, I tried. Technically you need to be of legal age to drive anything on the road. i know to drive an ATV across a road you need to be 16 here. Only in MA!!! You need to have a license to drive anything with a license plate. Your best bet would be a heavier tractor, eventhough my 16 HP Deere worked great for me for my first two years. I plowed four driveway with it for two complete seasons. It did very well. I blew the tranny out of it though, but that was just because I was being stupid. Just go easy and plow with the storm and you'll be fine!
    Last edited: May 25, 2006
  6. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I charge $25-$30 for regular 16'x 40-50' drives. It takes me 5 minutes or less with my truck and plow....

  7. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    your going to be a wealthy person some day, with your work ethic at 13. good job!
  8. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Thanks! I sure hope to be.
  9. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    lol yeah what he said above, cabs even soft ones need to be heated, well at that.
    do you use the craftsman as a lawnmower too? id sell that to get a nice grade/quality snow thrower, can do much better, put it this way, you cant use chains on other peoples driveways, theyll ***** no matter what of the marks.

    www.simplicitymfg.com look at their snow throwers, get the largest you can. I do driveways mostly in developments, when its snows 12-20" , or big snows you can make $35-70 a driveway/sidewalk depending on conditions. the tractor will take too long for anything small, and when it snows a lot you wont make much per hour b/c youll fight the weight of heavy snow all day for one driveway.

    I would only plow with a tractor if it was like a Simplicity 4x4 legacy xl or JD 4x4 X585 or something heavy like 1000+lbs.

    I plan in a few years to get a enclosed JD 3370 maybe instead of the open i was previously considering, with tons of heat and AC, i can do some big jobs summer and winter, at 32k+ attachments, theyre not cheap but they work and last a long time, by then ill have some large snow commercial accounts and can put it to work 24/7 every snow. Of course it would be me, my father or my brother using it, not risking a machine or liability like that with some person for $10hr.
  10. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    oh yeah, for older tractors, as meantioned above, some of the older JDs run good and the simplicity baron/solverign models are pretty tough, my father has one he bought used years ago, its like a 78ish model? was a single cylinder 16hp that ran on leaded gas, well its 13ish hp on unleaded but ran like a tank, not a TON of HP, but torquey and muscled well with 2wd and a blow, theyre about 1k usually with that age. Id suggest a good weight box of some sort rigged up on the back, im only 170ish lbs and it would slip quick, was a 800ish lb tractor but with an extra 200-300lbs on the arse end, it would muscle through pretty high snow. make sure its hydro theyre awesome.
  11. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Thanks For The Reply! No i have a Toro ZTR for mowing the craftsman pulls the trailer to neighborhood lawn care jobs and putting t and pulling the trailer in and out of the garage and i use it to plow. I have a toro snowblower but i need a tractor alot of the drives i will be doing are rock and gravel (we live out in the country) so i would proboably break something or someone could get hurt. Im not sure bout the cab, i might give it a try but i also am going to get a construction light for the top or single strobe (cant find any?) but we'll see. Heres A Pic Of My Mowing Rig.

  12. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Also i was messing with prices, i was thinking about $40.00/Hourly seeing the will most take between 1 & 2 Hours depending on snow? Thanks -Mitch-
  13. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    It depends on how long the driveway would be. Just because it takes you 2 hours because you have smaller equipment doesn't mean that the owner is going to want to pay you more. I ran into this problem when I was using a tractor. I got paid like $45 and it took me 1.5 hours to do a driveway. An owner will not pay you $80 for something they can higher a truck with a plow for $40.
  14. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Well were scheduled for about 13" of snow in the next 48 hours and IM READY!

  15. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    The Whole Rig!

  16. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Last One! The Craftsman!!!


    WALKERS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    payup Go get it. Looks like you have a good handle on your future snow removal.
    We charge no less than $35.00 here and thats just the driveway, no salt or sidewalks.
    Good luck Young Man.:salute:
  18. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Minimum of $30.00 a push here.
  19. DSLND

    DSLND Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Thanks Guys! I just got in from plowing, we ended up getting 1.5 ft and it was a mess! -Mitch-
  20. rayf268

    rayf268 Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    how did it all work out for you .