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What are you guys using to plow your big lots?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by aspenplow, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. aspenplow

    aspenplow Member
    Messages: 41

    So I just picked up several large lots (Super Walmarts, Office Depot, American Furniture, and some local business's. What are you guy using for your big lots?
  2. dayexco

    dayexco Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    one of these

    if it gets more than a 500' push, i start having issues.

  3. BlackBirdWS.6

    BlackBirdWS.6 Member
    Messages: 82

  4. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    You recieved the contract, but you do not have a plan or costing or machinery?
  5. snowpushn420

    snowpushn420 Junior Member
    Messages: 20


    I'm not trying to be a dick,but how did you take on-bid these jobs without knowing what your costs will be? If your not sure the equipment your going to use this could vary, If you end up having to rent to cover these few accounts you could lose money.. Don't even mention hauling or melting if we have a good year..
  6. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Heres a better Question.....What are you using???....:help:
  7. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    384 Toro single stage snow blowers and 2 shovels
  8. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,039

    Ahh.....Good luck with that. :dizzy:

    For a new guy, you hit the nail on the head. :salute:
  9. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    you might worry, will I get paid if I get it cleaned.
  10. Sabsan84

    Sabsan84 Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    well, obviously you would have your essentials, some 1 ton plow trucks, perhaps a skid steer or two at each place, a backhoe, a loader all with a protech or similar pusher box. This truly is a scary scenario for you to ask this question very late in the game, I bid several in my area ( and at what I think is base line low to turn a profit) and i didnt get them, they were bid wayyyy low, and we have equipment to use....with that being said I wouldnt sign any paperwork unless you are sure u know u can handle the work and turn a profit, key word turn a profit... GOod luck
  11. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Thanks RepoMan - new to the board (been a lurker occasionally for years now), but not new to business or basics of Money 101.

    Failing to plan is planning to fail.... or a way to loose your house, your shirt, and everything else
  12. aspenplow

    aspenplow Member
    Messages: 41

    I currently have a 2007 & 2002 gmc 2500hd both with Western MVP's, 2006 Ford F150 with a Snow-away, 2008 F250 with Meyer Ag 7.5 Express Mount with wings, 1995 L8000 Ford single axle dump with a 12 foot wide Valk Light Rev Snow Plow and Flink Chemical Anti Skid Spreader, 2006 John Deere 280 series and an older 8875 skidsteers, and a few older plows for backups. As far as those that think I'm trying to figure out what I need... I have plenty of equipment and man power to do these lots, I am simply wondering what other people use. I recieved the contracts because for 7 years now I have provided excellent service to the majority of commercial lots in my town. Word has spread and clients have come to me.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  13. aspenplow

    aspenplow Member
    Messages: 41

    MIsread.. My bad Goel.
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2010
  14. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I use everything in my signature but most of my lots are about half the size of a large retail lot.
  15. EvenCutLawnCare

    EvenCutLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Sounds like you have an ample amount of equipment. Most guys use wheel loader and backhoes with push boxes on those size lots.

    Congrats on building your biz and gaining new clients, however the reasons you listed are not why USM and other companys have contacted you. They do not care about the service, only the price. They offered to pay me less than 1/3 of my bid for a local Walmart. I declined and they found someone to do it at their price.
  16. aspenplow

    aspenplow Member
    Messages: 41

    Believe it or not.. USM came up with the price and it will turn a profit (it's in an area that only gets 2 -4" build up maybe 10x a season). The plan is to leave the "Beast" (L8000 with 12' plow and sander), skidsteer, Polaris Ranger with 60" plow, and one of the trucks there to take care of it since its about 45 minutes from me.
  17. SaltGuy1

    SaltGuy1 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    1 skid loader with 10' Pusher and 1 truck with 9' straight plow to clean up per lot will be plenty up to 8" of snow.
  18. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Still not sure I get it?

    You start the post by stating you have JUST picked up "SEVERAL" large lots (Super Walmarts *plural*, Off Dep, AF and other local businesses....

    You then list off equipment - but are you not keeping ALL your current regular customers?
    What equipment is dedicated for those jobs?

    Then, you give us a list of equipment to be used at (i am assuming a single Wal Mart) (USM) of The Beast, a skid steer, a truck and a 4 wheeler. In my opinion, LIGHT, Light for the lot size, unless you always expect no snow - you are going to get BURNED when a larger storm arrives, and if 3 hit this year.....

    What about the "Other" Super Wal Marts (from your *plural statement*, and the Off Dep, the AF, etc.... What equipment do they get.

    Not trying to peeve you off, just curious from someone that overplans to keep customers happy....
  19. aspenplow

    aspenplow Member
    Messages: 41

    LOL.. Yeah sorry about that.. To clarify, there is one Super Walmart, Office Depot & American Furniture are one large lot, The other business's ARE my regular customers.
  20. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    ...Make up your mind before you post.