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  1. karl klein

    karl klein LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    i live in omaha nebraska and was wondering if any of you plow gas stations? and how you charge, and a fair price.
    what is a good way to give a estimate on fast food restraunts by seoson and inch

    thank you
  2. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 691

    It's pretty hard to give an accurate estimate for a gas station, because there are so many obstacles on the lot. Restaraunt's on the other hand can be pretty easy, provided you have a couple of areas to pile the snow. You just have to figure out a fair amount to make every hour, and then judge how long you think it's going to take you to do the lot.

  3. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    I was asked to bid one,but im not sure i want this one.to much traffic,I'd use a lot of salt-guy doing it now uses none-its sheet of ice when it snows and the temp drops.They want cheap-so i think ill skip it.If they would pay fair market value-and i had room in my route,I would take them.
  4. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 691

    The other thing with gas station is the covers for the underground tanks. Hitting those unexpectedly could REALLY ruin your day, not to mention sparks can be pretty dangerous in the area.

  5. 66Construction

    66Construction LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    Try Plowing the gas station for gas. Someone mentioned it here a few months ago. It seems like a good idea, you can in the half hour it will take you to clear the lot iliminate your fuel cost.
  6. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    We're doing about 25 gas stations. They're not that difficult once you mark where the fill caps are located. We backdrag over the fill caps so we don't peel them up. And, urethane edges take care of pushing problems with fill caps too.
  7. lawnboyil

    lawnboyil LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    like John said make sure you know where the fill caps are. and also that you make nice with the store managers if you are going to plow for a gas station normally you have a group of station talk with teh store mangers after you get the cntract so you can avoid an minor little problem that might arise, during the season. And keep it.

    that is just my two cents


    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 555

    i plow two and they really do not take much work the awnings really cut down on accumulation and all the traffic during the day keep them melted good during the day time storms
  9. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    my dad owns two mobil stations and i do the plowing for him. they really arent that bad to plow. they are tough to do in storm panics with all the traffic, but the only obstacles that you should know the where abouts of is the tank fills. you have to go less than 5 mph or youll feel them alright. you dont need to worry about sparks either. theres a whole other cap in the tank fills, so thats not a problem. i dont know how to price them though, because i do it as a favor.
  10. Alan

    Alan Member
    Posts: 1,185

    Like most threads that ask questions about how to charge, this one comes back to the issue of knowing how long it will take and how much you want to realize per hour. There is no way that any of us can tell another how much to charge for a given lot. Even if we saw pictures, or viewed it in person, all we could offer would be insight into how long we think it would take. And even that varies between operators, sometines by a huge factor. About the best we could offer would be hints of what to watch out for, like the fill caps.

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