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Commercial Plowing, Few questions

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SECTLANDSCAPING, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Might be good time buy you a V plow if you get the job
    I cant live with out my 2 V plows move more snow faster and easyer
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Tailgate Spreader nice for little lots
    Like Nepatsfan said be a nite mare have to fill that up 100 times in one lot
  3. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    if you dont have at a minimum a skidsteer with a box, this site is not for you......we have a winter like last one and you will be SOL w/ 8' plow on that site--however a skidsteer with a small pusher/puller, a 1 ton with a larger plow V or blizzard style with a good spreader and you could bang this place out
  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    I would agree. You feel indestructable in august. Wait until you have a blizzard and the truck with the 8' plow and your spreader loses a tranny or even something simple like an altenator in the middle of the night. You didn't have the right equipment to start and now it is a panic.
  5. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    try to envision getting snow away from those garage doors and out to the end of the lot with a truck plow. you would need to push it to the middle then make a BUNCH of passes to finally clean it up.For me it would be futile. i don't know your budget but maybe you could rent a skid from a rental yard or from another contractor who might otherwise let it sit during the winter. You would also need some cash for the pusher. I would think that even not having a skid with a cab wouldn't be a big deal on this property to clean up the garages...just "cowboy" up for a couple hours ...good luck i hope you can make it work,

    Messages: 188

    I would rent the skid steer or sub if possible. The back of the office looks like the biggest challenge to me. Since I have to push it 100' and go around the corner to stack. The front parking lot is about 75x150 the back is around 40x150. I could measure them later in the week.

    So you guys think its to much pushing for a normal plow? I would need a V or side wings? I could sell the smaller one and try to find a v. I did talk to a contractor that did it before and he said they were throwing snow over the fence. So Im assuming he didnt have a loader either. He wouldnt tell me how many hours it took either. i know it would be a nightmare with a foot snow on the ground.
  7. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    It looks bigger than that in the picture. If that's all it is than you may be ok. Rental places rent out their skid steers for the winter generally. You will have a tough time renting one for the day in the winter. Pushing the snow 100' isn't a big deal as long as you stay on top of it. A skidder would make your life a lot easier though.
  8. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    From quick scaling and measuring is somwhere between 40-60,000 sqft of pavement. You should be able to do that with your set up no problem in my opinion. My question would be more on your experiance and knowledge with plowing a bigger commercial site. Hw qualified are you to do it? On the same note everyone has to start somewhere.
    My next question is what happned to the last guy? You said you talked to him about it? Did he quit? Are you bidding against him? Why is he answering your questions if he is still in the picture at all?

    Messages: 188

    A home improvement company built and sold the site to the current owners.

    I worked as a driver for a few years but that company provided the vehicles. So they paid a lower rate. Last winter I wasnt even going to plow but we had close to record snow falls. So I quit the part time and did that as a solo with 22'' on the ground. We had almost our annual snow in one storm. So part of this has nothing to do with experience. I like having a set storm price that me and the customer know in advance. Less problems later.

    Its billing discrepancies. If i bid a job at 3 hours and it takes 5 I take a loss and deal with it. If I bill for 22 hours for one storm and they think it shouldnt have took more then 8. Theres major problems. There has been serious litigation in this state after last winter with snow removal and clearing snow from roofs. There was companies charging 110-150 per man hour for roofs. They handed the town a $300,000 bill for 3 schools. Another company charge $350 per machine and had a 100 subs working for them, they billed the city 5.9 million. Both the above are still trying to collect. There was a investigation into price gouging.

    So I want to be competitive and not gouge. At the same time I got my eye on a f450 and would love to recoup that money this winter. On the other hand if we go to previous snow falls. I wont have a chance. It almost becomes invest for a chance to make money for three months or the whole year. I talked to my insurance agent and plowing is covered in my policy. I wasnt sure because a previous policy excluded snow coverage.
  10. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    most of us look at snow equipment as an "long term" investment. I don't think many have hopes of making back their expenses in a single season.
    Must suck to have to wait for 5.9 Milliion

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