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Will it ever stop snowing??????

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Plowin in VT, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    I haven't taken the plow and salter off of my truck in over 3 weeks, as we keep on getting more and more plowable events! We just got hammered with 18"-24" of snow over the weekend, and now they are talking about another 3-7" in the next 24 hours, and snow/sleet over the weekend!

    All of my contracts are seasonal, and priced on the last 3 years crappy snow fall totals. I learned my lesson the hard way, next years contracts will have a clause that if we get more than 20 plowable events in a season I will be charging per push!

    It could be worse though, my neighbor has the account for the local UPS hub, and they have a 0" trigger. He needs to be on site plowing/salting before the 1st flake hits the ground until the last flake lands. I believe that he was out for 40+ hours non-stop in the last storm!

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Yes...it could be worse..!

    It could be 60 degrees and no $income$ at all coming in...too bad about the seasonals...I tried to sell some but nobody wanted to lay out that much dough up front...could have been a huge savings for them if they did...?? Anyway good luck and keep pushing...!
  3. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    Mowbizz - I had the same problem, but I broke down the seasonal price into 6 monthly installments starting in October. It worked for them, and I got paid when it was 70 degrees out! It makes a large number a lot easier to swallow when it's broken down over 6 months.

    Then again, they aren't too happy that their salt bill for this month is already 3x their monthly plowing bill :D
  4. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    sorry to hear about your situation currently with your seasonals, thats a good idea about the clause.

    two of our commercial lots are per push and i wish it would snow that much here lol!

    a buddy of ours is subbed out for 45 an hour, and they get called out for dustings on lots, must be pretty nice to get paid to just burn your cutting edge.
  5. Mick

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

    The way I've got it set up, it can snow or not and it's good. No snow, like the last couple years and I really make out on the seasonals. Lots of snow, like this month, and I lose on the seasonals but at the same time I'm also plowing the per push and making good money there. One seasonal pays 100% up front in Nov. I charge him one price (actually based on 150% of average pushes) to cover any amount that falls for the winter. I just talked to him Monday - first time I'd ever seen him in the three years I've been plowing for him. He told me that he's got no problem having paid me for the light snow years as he believes in the law of averages. His place is mine for the foreseeable future and I'll continue to get 100% up front with price increases based on equipment and fuel costs.
  6. jgibb150

    jgibb150 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 29

    I wish we were getting that much snow here.
  7. yamaguy

    yamaguy Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    No kidding I want a snow storm that brings the city to it's knees! The only poeple able to get around are big 4X4's and snowmobiles!