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Thinking about a plow.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Dodge318, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Dodge318

    Dodge318 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Hello all.

    I'm a long time lurker, but a first time poster. I been in snow removal for years. I am currently pretty much using my ATV (Kawasaki Brute Force) and snowblowers for my business. I am in Minneapolis and I have 45 accounts all small driveways and sidewalks. For the first time I'm looking a getting a plow for my Dodge Ram (99 QC 2500 4x4). I'm thinking about a fisher. The ATV has been great but I tired of freezing my arse off on it. I always get people asking me to plow for them, But with the ATV I just can't add anymore.

    The big question is, How much is a plow going to help in my situation where most of my driveways are 20' long and two cars wide? Would i be able to add say another 20 accounts and do it in the same amount of time?

    Any opinions would be great.
  2. Mick

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

    I would say "yes" if you're already getting inquiries. Think of what you'll get if you try by advertising. Get an 8' or even a V-plow. Consider if a rear plow is warranted. Do (or will) you be doing a lot of backblading now? A backplow would save a lot of time in not having to turn around...

    First look at what there is for potential accounts in your market area and what you market share would be. A plow for that 2500 will be around $5000. Then allow for annual repairs (even if you think it is the best truck there ever was). Now it's just a matter of figuring how much you can expect to make a winter and how long will it take to pay off that investment.

    (HINT - Allow at least $1,000 for repairs/maintenance per year - more if it needs tires already)
  3. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    If you're driving to all your sites with an atv, a 44hp tractor w/backwards blower would be ideal. Will last you 15yrs+.
    You would then be able to service between 100-150 resi's if they are in a tight postage stamp size area, tiny like 10 streets.
    Its what I'd do if I was starting out now and knew what I know now.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2008