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snowplowing warehouse

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by gcl, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. gcl

    gcl Junior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 3

    Hi guys, iwas hoping you could ghive me advise on what to charge to plow and salt 140,000 sq ft, pretty open, plenty of place to stack up the snow, with 7 loading docks?? Thanks alot.
  2. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Welcome to plowsite GCL,

    Well I think that lot is about 3.21 acres. Saying that on AVERAGE an acer should take about 1 hour with one truck you are looking about three hours, plus the loading docks.

    What type of truck do you have?
    How much an hour do you want to make? ( Most shoot for 125.00 in my area)
    How bad do you want/need this lot?
    Are you going to salt?

    Answer some of these questions and I think we can help you out :D

    - Eric
  3. gcl

    gcl Junior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 3

    Thank you for responding so quickly. I got an F 550, I was thinking about 150/hour, and yes i'm salting. I know it's dependent on the the type of storm, but whats the average application rate and price. How about offering a whole contract pricing rather than per storm. What' do you reccommend... I would like to be aggressive and get this contract. Thanks again.
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Don't know how to price but plowers around here charge for the whole season rather than per storm. Just my 2 cents.
  5. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    An old Friend of mine....

    Hello, An ole buddy of mine who has several Industrial Parks and a Hospital here in Mass charges everything out by the hour, per truck,loader etc....Then he has a seperate rate for snow removal taking into consideration hiring out for trailer dumps etc....I asked him why by the hour?He said after 25+ years it has worked out the best for him.
  6. slade

    slade Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    I price my accounts like this. job xx-- snow removal-- first 2" or less $300.00-- each additional 1" of snow $30.00 (10% of whatever my base price is) this is per push, so if we 8" of snow in 1 storm and I push it at 3" and again at 5" then there bill looks like this---push #1-- 2"= $300.00, push #2--2"= $300.00 + 3 additional inches of snow at $30.00 each= $90.00-- total bill $690.00 For salting I usually charge by the ton $95- $100, but I only have to pay about $30.00 for it.
  7. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    In Chicago, I can get salt for 47 a ton and I spread it at 120-150 per Ton.

    What type of blade do you have?
  8. gcl

    gcl Junior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 3

    Thanks a lot for all your answers. I got a Western Ultramount 8 1/2 StraightBlade. Now I assume the prices your giving me are for rocksalt...what if the client requested potassium or magnesium chloride?? Thanks
  9. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,127

    He better have a big checkbook. payup

    Regards Mike
  10. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Very true. I charge twice my cost for bulk sand/salt.
  11. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I just charge by the hour per pickup. Then per 100 lbs for the sand + time with the sand truck. It seems to work out the best for me because we don't get that much snow usually. I hope that that turns around this winter though.