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thinking of getting started for short money

dmk395

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Ma
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?
 
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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.

 

Michael Fronczak

LawnSite Member
Location
Rochester NY
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.
 

GeoffDiamond

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Maine
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.

Geoff
 

1st impressions

LawnSite Member
Location
Chicago,IL
dmk395


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.
 
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