? for all you in the North!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Hoopsfan, Aug 9, 2002.

  1. Hoopsfan

    Hoopsfan LawnSite Member
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    I'm curious to know what everyone does during the winter for income. Some of the guys I've talked to take the winter off after working all summer, some plow snow, others work in hardware stores.

    Thanks
    Hoopsfan
     
  2. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
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    SNOW! - It's a four letter word! :D

    I have had almost all my cutsomers ask if I do snow removal. I've said no so far.... but maybe. But I do work a fulltime job as a firefighter so my winters are fine...

    It would have to pay big time for me to get out in the cold!

    Dave

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  3. Hoopsfan

    Hoopsfan LawnSite Member
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  4. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
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    i go to college during the winter and work part time. i'm not about to put a few grand into a plow and then have another winter with no snow.

    what part of MI are you from?
     
  5. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm the only guy in NJ that snow "blows". OK, I don't make $200 an hour with a plow, but I do make over $100 with the blower.
    It's fun, and I don't have to worry about all the headaches of a plow and truck. And, my big machine 13hp 45" wide Cub Cadet, was only $2,000. I have another 13hp with a small 33" cut, to punch through anything the plows can't.
    Pete
     
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    Income? That is why I CHOSE this profession. What do I do during the winter? Everything that I CAN'T do during the summer. THIS is my time for going up north, travel, seeing friends,etc.. I get mine during the 8 mo. that we work. I put into a "slush" fund, just like any other summer contractor, (cement, construction, etc..) It is leaving enough budgeted for medical and retirement that is the hard part. Yes, I HAVE taken on work for something to do, but that is mainly to avoid cabin fever. Eventually, I want to take some exotic vacations during the winter, but I have a few years to go before that happens.
     
  7. Hoopsfan

    Hoopsfan LawnSite Member
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    Taking the winter off would be ideal. Maybe do a few snow removal jobs just to get out of the house. It all depends on how lucrative the summers are.
     
  8. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ski.
    I run the race department, and coaching for the local ski area.
    For a few weeks it's more hours than the summer work!
    We train over 200 athletes, and take thier money again when they come to compete 2- 10 times per season.

    It's fun, I get contact with second home owners, and it keeps me from going crazy.

    The two seasons over lap a little so it can be pretty buzy in spring and fall.
     
  9. Hoopsfan

    Hoopsfan LawnSite Member
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    I know a couple guys that were plowing snow, but got out of it because they said they were being dragged into slip and fall lawsuits every other week. They said it wasn't worth it. Anyone else have liability problems removing snow?
     
  10. kerrigan

    kerrigan LawnSite Member
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    I have been pusing snow here when we get it, over 10 yrs, and never had a lawsuit or claim brought against my company. But as the saying goes just have good insurance and tell the customers if you plow them you also have to salt them or walk away.
     

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