Looking for income this winter; but never got into snow plowing. (I did a search, and checked the snow plowing forum, but still looking for info, pls) 1) How do you figure rates? number of inches in conjunction with square footage? 2) Is it common to also clear walks and steps? 3) To minimize equipment investment, is it feasible to use a large snowblower (like 13 HP, 36"), or how about a garden tractor, like a Gravely or John Deere with snow thrower attachment in front. A friend is selling an older IH Cub Cadet with 36" snowblower and enclosed cab for $975. Thought that if I stuck to my average size residential account, this approach would be feasible. Any comments?