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Old 10-01-2007, 11:56 PM
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Suprised at what?

First year plowing for myself. I plowed where I was once an employee. I'm doing commercial plowing at ONE site. The Chevy will plow and the T190 will pile it.

Chevy $85hr
T190 $90hr

Next year I'll probably go after my own contracts for commercial and pull around $100hr+.......I'm a sub this year.

I'll do a few residential as favors......neighbors.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:03 AM
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Winter = two of us and I'll have labor as needed. I'll also have labor (1-3) clearing walks while we're runn'n equip.

While running people #'s........I've got a mason I want to hire to be a mason and foreman. He was called up for Iraq though but he's coming home early.....road side bomb messed him up a little. Things seem fine but kind of quiet until he's state side, lucky!
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:24 AM
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Just surprised this is your first year plowing, thats all. Those aren't bad sub rates.

Plowing is great in the winter when it snows. I typically pull $175-225 per hour doing resis but we have a lot of them grouped together. Its great if you are ok working 20 hours at a time then not doing anything for a week.

Your setup looks great.

I was curious to how many workers during the summer?
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:41 AM
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Those are decent sub rates. I'm looking for $100/hr avg for resi (mine are pretty tight, 3 mile radius).
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:52 AM
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Snow is very hit or miss here. I went ahead and took the position of a sub for a few reasons including:

-I don't have time to go get the work
-I'm not as knowledgable
-Go in the easy way this year, learn the market and have at it next year

Summer was 3 of us, we're about to go to 5-8 for this fall........installs booked through Thanksgiving. One interesting job I'm putting together is a 1/4 acre pond on a 22 acre property that needs a lot of clearing and clean up. Great winter job and just what I've been looking for! Met the guy at Chic-fil-a of all places.
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Old 10-02-2007, 08:51 PM
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Wow $85 an hour for a straight blade is good money. I'm gonna move out east. I think last year we paid our two subs no more than $50 an hour for an 8' straight blade 3/4 ton. That's a big differnece in money.
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:12 PM
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Suprised at what?

First year plowing for myself. I plowed where I was once an employee. I'm doing commercial plowing at ONE site. The Chevy will plow and the T190 will pile it.

Chevy $85hr
T190 $90hr

Next year I'll probably go after my own contracts for commercial and pull around $100hr+.......I'm a sub this year.

I'll do a few residential as favors......neighbors.
Todd, I've mentioned it to you before, but expect to be dissapointed with the T190 on anything other than clear asphalt. Frozen gravel, snow, ice and the machine is completely useless.

I'm not trying to be a downer, but I have a T190, and it is no good at all in the snow. I just want you to be prepared, that's all. If you're just pushing piles back after a storm you should be ok. Other than that, you will likely struggle with it.

Just for the record, I HATE PLOWING!
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:15 PM
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:33 PM
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:21 PM
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hahaha, too funny

No prob with the T190. Here's the + side of things:

#1 Snow bucket is wider then the machine, clear path for the tracks
#2 The Chevy will push clear, the T190 will make big piles.
#3 Asphault, commercial parking lot.
#4 If its ice, well we're all screwed so it doesn't really matter
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