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Sub Rates

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by wfd44, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    I am thinking about signing on as a sub this winter. I am trying to find out what the going rates are particularly in my area. Also is it common to hire on subs as "extras" not necessarily for every storm but as needed for larger "snow events"?
  2. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    in nebraska a straight blade with a couple years experiance goes for 40-45 an hour. we hire both full season and backup drivers.
  3. Mick

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

    In the southern part of Maine, where I think you're from, you'll probably get about the same as Karl. Up here, I'd probably get a lot less. As far as sporadic plowing, like for "larger snow events", I'd say you could probably do that, but if you have any accounts of your own, I'd think that would take up your time. Most contractors will want you during and right after the storm. I know that's what happened here a couple of years ago. The contractor who has the town stopped me on the road and asked if I was interested but I was way too busy to even consider it.
  4. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    Mick and Karl, thanks for the help. I am not necessarily plowing to make a living. I am a full time Firefighter so that schedule seriously impacts my ability to do much with accounts of my own. I will be doing a few family members and maybe some friends that will be able to understand the restrictions of my work schedule and can "get out" on their own and get plowed out later. My plan is to sub with a friend who does landscaping and plowing possibly to cover him when he is working (also a Firefiighter) and for large storms as additional help. The other option common with firefighters who also plow is to cover each others accounts when one or another are working.
  5. winterangel

    winterangel Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 51

    Newby here, far as the forums, Second year at plowing.
    What's the rate's going for this season, in Ohio?
  6. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    $55-90 depending on rig and experience