We have done snow removal for years. Some years good some not so good. We only use two trucks but have a skid loader with plow on. Also have two tractors with plows on and we do most of the work with the skid loader and tractor as they are so much faster. 20by40 drive way 3 min with them. When you have 40 drives with out loading for $15.00@ you are do very well. Only need some snow.
Here we might get 3 or maybe 4 snowings a year. When it does snow, it's usually no more than 3" at a time....so no, we don't offer snow removal. I might consider it if I am targeting a commercial property for mowing services and they require snow removal and even then I would look into subing it out.
I used to do snow removal when we lived in town. I did this on the side from my full time job and made good pocket money. Living out in the sticks now and about 17 miles from my lawn customers just doesn't appeal to me. I had a dedicated truck for blading when living in town and the few times I had to drive it down the highway with the blade on I always thought of as a pain in the posterior, guess thats why it doesn't appeal to me now.
I voted that Yes I provide it, but Like matt, since we were not too far from each other, it's not very lucrative. I know guys that have plows and never even get to use them some winters. I simply have a smowblower and a blade for my Dixon. If it's less than 4" then the blade will work, more than use the blower. I only do driveways and sidewalks for my customers that need it done.
We do get more than 3" at times... just so far this year that's all we've had. What sucks here is that it's usually not just nice fluffy snow. It usually starts with freezing rain or sleet to make everything slick first, or the snow will be so wet it can't be moved or it will freeze like a rock and unless you have BIG equipment you can't touch it.
We haven't had a very snowy winter in a looong time here. I have pics from back in the early to mid 80's when we had feet of snow and drifts over our 6' pivacy fence. Nobody wen't anywhere for a while! I know we are due for that again... I just don't want to see it.
Yes,we offer plowing in the winter.We have 3 trucks out on the road each time it snows.This year I probably could have done 4 but only owned 3 trucks in the fall.Some time in 2006 I will need to add another one.