Hey..how many of you do snow removel too?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by eggy, Aug 29, 2000.

  1. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    I have been looking at the snow plow forum some and wanted your opinion on snow removel we have almost 4 months down time here and need some revune during that time snow doesnt happen often here but some...do you guys do snow also?
     
  2. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    Go take a gander at the snow section
     
  3. Eager Beaver

    Eager Beaver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    Stared snow plowing last year commercially by doing sub contracting for a landscape company and did some private residentials afterwards. Previously snow plowed years ago while in college as part of a job. Last year the snow amounts were not sufficient enough to make a lot of income but realized that salting would take up the slack if there was not a large accumulation of snow. If you are thinking about getting into this make sure you have good liability coverage. You can be held liable if someone slips and falls at a location that you are plowing or salting. This has not happened to me however I have heard some horror storys. You want to keep good records on when and what time you salted or plowed to protect yourself.
     
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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  5. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 555

    my snowplow experience is what actually led me to grounds maintenance.been plowing for 10 years
    you already have the customers you just need to sell them the service
     
  6. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,211

    Obryan,
    I'm with you. I started plowing commercially 6 years ago. Decided 4 years ago "Why not get some money out of these people during the summer too?"
     
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    I primarily do snow removal,i took on the lawn of a big account so as not to risk anyone else's foot getting in the door-so to speak.I think lawn maintance in general isnt as profitable but a lot more predictable.
     
  8. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    You'll find there are a lot of Northern lawn service guys that plow in the winter - us included. We look forward to each winter, we're busy lining up customers right now.
     
  9. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    As someone else pointed out, by doing snow you keep someone else's hands off your customers.
     
  10. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    for some odd reason, I seem to have only a handful of lawn customers that also get plowed. It's like I have 2 sets of clientele; most of them mow their own lawn, but I'm always working on that; more of the upper cl*** types all have SUV's which hamper it a bit for the 1-2" snowfalls, I try & get everyone at 2" at least, because we get alot of "teases" here in Ohio. It'll cover the ground, but stop at 1".
    Been plowing since 96, when I got my 1st & current 4x4, an 87 Silverado, which is also on chucks equip. pics pages.
     

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