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thinking of getting started for short money

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  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    I would like to start plowing with a friend of mine. We figured we could get into the plowing business with 2 snowblowers for around $2000, just to see what would happen, rather than risk $5000 at least in startup money for a plow truck. I own a landscape company already and have at least 30 potential residential drives to plow, at probably $30 avergage each driveway, 10 feet by 70 feet avergage size. What would u do, go for the cheap low risk way, or bet the farm , so to speak?
  2. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    If you're only going to be using snow blowers, I would get some decently large ones, or maybe a tractor with a blower on it. That way you can get them all done in a reasonable amount of time.

  3. http://www.whiteoutdoor.com/Scripts/Common/Generic_Nav.asp?Brand=2&Content=160&Nav=2&prod=822

    MTD have done great improvement to the gears box and upgrade few bushing to bearing. The steer control is very helpful.

    I have also 3 12/33 MTD, 6 & 7 years old, Work great with appropriate maintenance and need some rebuild after 5 seasons.

    This is the blower I use this years for a residential routes. If your 30 customer are close, no more than 3 to 4 hours will be need for one guys to clean all them once.

    I went back to university last years for a green certificate, so using my corolla 4wd give me nice profits and a lot of time to study during the winter.

  4. Michael Fronczak

    Michael Fronczak LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Stay away from the doing it with a friend idea, been there done that, one ends up doing most of the work & with your own business most of the liability, the other thinks he should still get half the money.
  5. Michael is right, This is the way i start my bizz and this give me more problems than advantage. I loose too much money from this experience.

  6. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    If you are only going to use snowblowers, stick to small residential drives. You can't take on parking lots or large drives with your snowblower. The end result will be very low profit margins, and you will decide that plowing with a snowblower isn't for you.

  7. 1st impressions

    1st impressions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58


    I have a Toro single stage with the 6.5h.p. engine.Cost me $700 new. Originally bought to do sidewalks etc. but found
    myself using it on driveways also. Takes me about the same amount of time as plowing and it does a better job getting down to the pavement. Light enough to get out of truck by yourself.

    I agree with Michael Froncyk. No need for a partner.
  8. use a set of ramp to unload your blower, you will save a lot of precious.
  9. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    if ur using blowers get a platform that will slide into ur hitch tube. Get one that tilts for easy loading
  10. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    my little toro 4.5 hp snow blower is onyl 75 pounds.... its a breex to lift right out of the truck...lot faster than ramps!

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