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When to go out?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by mikekle, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. mikekle

    mikekle Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I had very good response to my residential plowing letter to my lawn care clients, The only thing I am not real sure on is the amount of snow before you go out plowing, I was thinking somewhere around 2" What is your alls minimum before you go out?Thanks.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    In KY don't the state close down if there's more then 2 inches of snow on the ground?:D For driveways I use to go out at 3 and commercials 2.Or if it's a small snow fall you maybe able to go out after it stops snowing.
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Depends... I start at 2" unless the drive gets lots of sun then 3" some customers 1"
  4. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    2-3" is your best bet
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Depends on what your customer wants but generally around 2".
  6. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    For residential accounts, it depends on the storm. When the accumulation occurs and how much is expected generally drives when I start out. I generally like to keep accumulations to between 6" and 8", so if we are getting a small storm that should only total 6" - 8" then I generally wait until the snow stops before I head out. If the snow accumulates overnight, I usually start out around 3 or 4 am so I can get most of my "before 7" drives cleared once and then play it by ear depending on total accumulations.
  7. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    a min of 2'' has to fall for me to being plowing or even consider it.
  8. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I usualy go out when there is around 4'' or when ever the customer wants me to.
  9. dunlaps lawncare

    dunlaps lawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    2 for residential and 1/2 for commercials
  10. snowguys

    snowguys Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    i dont do any residential but for commercial its 1 and i leave whens theres about 1/2 on the ground
  11. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    I think the answer depends a lot on what your customers want. Im "assuming" that in KY they probably get a little more nervous then they people in my area do when it starts snowing. Most of my customers dont want to see or hear me unless there is 4" on the ground. And if I know the storm is only going to drop 6-7 then I wait until its over. But like I said, I think it will all depend on your customers.

  12. snowman79

    snowman79 Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 433

    all commercial is 1", residential is mostly when the storm is done...unless we get more then 6"
  13. 18lmslcsr

    18lmslcsr Senior Member
    from WI.
    Messages: 113

    R we talking trigger or intervals?

    If trigger - approx 1/2 - 1"
    If intervals - when the snow is to exceed 5 - 6"

  14. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I start plowing at an inch or even less sometimes.
  15. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    2".....no service for less than that..... >2" - 6" - 1X base charge......>6" - 12" 2x the base charge
  16. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    I tell my customers 2-3 inches I start "thats when it starts getting slick" and "thats when the dpw will start plowing in driveways" . I also tell them full price per plowing. So pretty much whenever I feel like it. They dont complain if they only get charged once. Two calls from any customers and I start plowing even if its going to rain and wash it all away. Majority rules I say. For snow plowing majority is one or two :)
  17. Griffinlc

    Griffinlc Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    I debate this with my buddies all winter long. I have come to the conclusion that it is entirely relative to how you price your jobs. Or what you agreed to in contract( those are a no brainer). I prefer not doing the route repeatedly unless it compensates appropriately. So for the way I charge my customers it ends up being a judgment call based upon traffic conditions and the weather forecast( how much snow expected, accumulation per hr. and when is it gonna stop falling) . My pricing is based on increments of the "pissnmoan" factor. How many inches will it take for the shovelers to start to piss and moan. How many in a driveway before the customers piss and moan. What is the minimum they will pay for without pissin and moanen. How many hours of sleeplessness can I endure without pissin and moanen ( and getting a divorce). Etc Etc....
  18. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    2 and im rolling!:gunsfiring:
  19. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Classic! That pretty much describes how a lot of us plow snow I think. Most of us probably could not have explained it quite so clearly, however. Thanks.