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Steve
02-07-2013, 11:49 AM
Is everyone, living up in the northeast, getting ready for the monster blizzard?

I hope you all take pictures.

http://i.imwx.com/images/maps/truvu/map_specnews10_ltst_4namus_enus_650x366.jpg

NPM_LLC
02-07-2013, 12:49 PM
Is everyone, living up in the northeast, getting ready for the monster blizzard?

I hope you all take pictures.

http://i.imwx.com/images/maps/truvu/map_specnews10_ltst_4namus_enus_650x366.jpg


Yeah I'm ready for it Steve. I live in western NY around Buffalo. Although they aren't calling for 2'-3' around us, 6-12" will keep me busy enough!

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-07-2013, 02:07 PM
Yeah I'm ready for it Steve. I live in western NY around Buffalo. Although they aren't calling for 2'-3' around us, 6-12" will keep me busy enough!

Theres guys coming to CT and Mass all the way from Maryland. Something to consider if you can line up work.

LawnCareMan280
02-07-2013, 03:43 PM
You guys are lucky with all that snow you will probably make lots of $$$$$$. I got little to large clippers of snow going on up in the midwest. We got like 2 inches on the ground not to bad. I arleady reported 1 accident already. this is how much I am getting http://www.fox11online.com/subindex/weather/interactive I will have to head out as soon as my dad picks me up.

NPM_LLC
02-07-2013, 06:07 PM
Theres guys coming to CT and Mass all the way from Maryland. Something to consider if you can line up work.

That's definitely a good idea! If I had more trucks running I would consider this...They will make some good money there if they get that much snow!

Cashin H&P
02-07-2013, 06:53 PM
Plows hooked, up trucks fueled up, not much more I can do but wait I suppose.

Im looking at 18"- 24"

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-07-2013, 07:59 PM
I been telling people all day 3xs the price with no promises of when. They all eating it up like hotcakes. Tomorrow morning the phone goes off.

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-08-2013, 09:14 AM
Started flurrying around 8am. No more then a 1/2" so far. Gonna start getting ready before noon.

Steve
02-08-2013, 11:20 AM
Take pics and video if you get a chance during the busy storm. I'd love to see how everything is going.

willshome
02-08-2013, 01:55 PM
not bad here yet but there is a car ban @ 4pm first time since 1978
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Cashin H&P
02-08-2013, 02:33 PM
not bad here yet but there is a car ban @ 4pm first time since 1978
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dude the car ban is ridiclous. How are you guys supposed to work. Plus the fact that if plow contractors cant do there lots that will just make the state of mass a mess tomorrow. No one will be able to get around.

willshome
02-08-2013, 03:04 PM
dude the car ban is ridiclous. How are you guys supposed to work. Plus the fact that if plow contractors cant do there lots that will just make the state of mass a mess tomorrow. No one will be able to get around.

I think that plow trucks fall under "emergency vehicle" but I am still trying to make sure. They say up to one year in jail :eek: :eek:

LawnBoy0311
02-08-2013, 04:06 PM
I think that plow trucks fall under "emergency vehicle" but I am still trying to make sure. They say up to one year in jail :eek: :eek:

I just talked to my parents up in central MA, sounds like they are all hunkered down. They told me about the car ban....I thought it was BS until now!!! Unreal!

brian'slawncare
02-08-2013, 08:26 PM
I would thin they would let plow trucks on the roads....and as far as the one year in jail...it won't happen. The jails are already full. You'll just get a fine.

Take some pics guys! I really want to see this first hand! Good Luck to All!!

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-11-2013, 02:24 AM
Only have internet on phone. Lost power for a day. I put in at least 50 hours. Still have more to do. I might be able to sneak in 5 hours of sleep tonight. Will post some photos when att gets their sh@t together.

Steve
02-11-2013, 12:01 PM
I am looking forwards to it.

willshome
02-12-2013, 08:17 AM
My truck is in the trans shop now. LOL
25"
I had costumer calling me upset their driveway was not clear 8am Saturday morning and it was still snowing (travel ban til 4pm)
The travel ban was the best thing the state has ever done (wish it was til sunday morning)
Saturday and Sunday my phone was ringing every two min.
broke two snow blowers
I HATE SNOW and I think I lost money, My poor truck
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SECTLANDSCAPING
02-12-2013, 10:52 AM
Dont feel bad Will.

My repairs,
Coolant leak havent checked from where. I just been driving.
Brake lines blew in two trucks. Not sure where kept driving.
Muffler that I just bought fell off and I ran it over.
Driver side windshield wiper snapped off. Still driving.
Guy destroyed my Vplow.
Skidsteer wouldnt turn after 6 hours. I have to check it out, its sitting in a lot.
Snowblower pull cord broke twice.
Other snowblower couldnt handle the snow.
Broke two shovels.
Had my gloves stolen.
Sander stopped working.
Fuse blew that charged phone in truck. I had a dying phone everyday out.

Employees.
Guy got stuck in a ditch. $161 to be pulled out for a $200 driveway.
Sub quit on me and took off with my 6 gallon gas can that was filled.
Driver after working 16 hours went home with truck and went to sleep till 4pm.
I sent the walk crews home at 2:30 am. So they could come back and clear it in the morning. Not one of them came back. I finally found someone at 5pm. By that time the snow was frozen.

Customers.
Residential were happy to just get out.
Commercial were mad about not having enough room for parking. Sorry about those massive snow banks. I cant melt them.
Another was pissed off because there was so much snow coming off the side of the blade that there was a unmovable 4 ft pile on the walks. They also claim I didnt do the walks at all. They just called again saying their guys worked through the whole storm and never seen us. Of course the other building seen our guys but they didnt. Reason why? Because the maintenance men are clocked in and sleeping. I had a 3 man crew alternating between their 2 buildings. They were there every other hour.

The driveway calls were insane. I didnt even look at my phone till sunday. Half of them lived on a hill. I cant push 23" up hill. So I didnt do any of them. I picked up 21 driveways and made $4600 off them. With repairs and gas I probably broke even. I did pick up a few regulars.

I wasnt even answering my phone and customers were telling me that I was the only one to get back to them. About 10 of the driveways I picked up had a plow guy that didnt show. 1 of them the guys showed up on monday when I was doing it. The customer told me he only charged $40, I charged $180. Supply and demand!

It was crazy though. I had to push snow at a angle and drive my truck like a battering ram at it. I probably need a new front end.

I have to go clear some parking spaces then I'm done. I worked 65 hours since friday.

Still no internet but Ill get it soon.

willshome
02-12-2013, 11:35 AM
Sorry to hear about all the problems SECTLANDSCAPING but sounds like you made some money

I had people say i never showed aka blowing snow
oh one more problem I had was lug nut on one wheel came very loose shaking the whole truck

trans shop just called trans just needed service $150 :D :) :D
now it's at a regular shop getting overall checked

NPM_LLC
02-12-2013, 01:14 PM
Hey SECTLANDSCAPING wish I had a couple extra trucks I would have sent them down to help you out. Sounds like it was just a nightmare for you...hope it pans out.

02intlbluebird
02-12-2013, 05:41 PM
I really needed Blizzard Nemo! Made great money to pay off my truck shop expense but I now have more problems with my Powerstroke.

Anyway, I started on Friday 2/8 and worked until Saturday 2/9 until 5 PM. Passed right out and was up early Sunday to continue. With a quick messy storm Monday, I was at it all night. I just took my plow off and got rid of my ballast.

The only "break downs" I had was my check engine light on with Fuel level sending unit, EGR system fault, and Mass air flow. I think the air flow has been bad because of how long my 9' has been on and durring the brunt of the storm, my grille was completely covered in ice. The only thing I went through was driver's side wiper twice. That and the arms kept popping off because of terrible ice build up.

And for videos and pics!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQFZ4jsvOzE&list=UU_cUkHrBTB0x6WW-shKfkHw&index=2

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98dF6C9sars&list=UU_cUkHrBTB0x6WW-shKfkHw&index=1

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https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1745915321308.2093717.1041533184&type=3

Latest storm at the bottom of the page.

Seacoast region of NH, we got around 18"- thats what I billed people for.

Steve
02-13-2013, 01:00 PM
Now that's a storm! WOW

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-16-2013, 12:20 PM
I didnt take any pictures the first day of the storm besides the first few which is before it got bad. Just to much going on. The majority of these are the second and third day.

Redneck Ballast
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My Driveway
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https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/823535_10151446621739544_43489403_o.jpg
Tree fell and they expect me to remove it for free.
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Wrecked plow
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SECTLANDSCAPING
02-16-2013, 12:30 PM
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willshome
02-16-2013, 09:56 PM
that poor v plow
Big photos for a big storm

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-16-2013, 11:02 PM
that poor v plow
Big photos for a big storm

he says a curb did it. I dont see how unless he was going 30. It was pushed in from the outside in causing it to bulge. Like he was turning and caught the curb at the end of the blade.

I had plans of painting that up and putting the plastic skins on it. Now I might just put a sheet of 11 gauge over it.

I actually almost fixed that blade by pulling it outward with a truck. I have about a inch to go to line up the cutting edge bolt with the bottom of the plow. It has a curve on top that I probably wont be able to get out and a few welds on the hinge to make it better.

Waiting on the call from the repair shop for the case. The mechanic says it could be a lot of minor things causing the turning problem. Thats hopeful, I was thinking drive motor and its a $1200 part.

willshome
02-17-2013, 06:32 AM
Waiting on the call from the repair shop for the case. The mechanic says it could be a lot of minor things causing the turning problem. Thats hopeful, I was thinking drive motor and its a $1200 part.

just keep in mind she is old and take it easy on her when working

Cashin H&P
02-17-2013, 04:37 PM
Im still dealing with issues from this storm lol

During the storm my alternator went bad, replaced it saterday morning in the worst part of the storm, The tuesday I started hearing a clicking noise from my front end. I just put that in the back of my mind to deal with later. I had my mechanic look at it friday, he replaces the pitman arm and a few other things in the front end, he found a bunch of rocks between the break rotor and the backing plate, and we figured that was the clicking noise, Well nope, turns out I eather have a bad cv or u joint, going to tear into that with him tomorrw when we do the tie rod ends that need to be replaced too.....Never plowing with a half ton again.

I know I said they can do it, and they can, I am just tired of throwing parts at it when a 3/4 ton or a 1 ton is just built much more heavy duty. I will keep this truck as a plow truck but it will only do a small driveway route/ side walk route next season when I up grade to a 1 ton.

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-17-2013, 06:09 PM
My half ton has noises in the front end also. Theres a buzz when in 4x4. Then if I load the back up with to much weight theres a grind from the rear axle. When I first start the truck the power steering doesnt work till its warm. I also have to put it in 4x4 about 80% of the time. The bigger trucks go in 4x4 less then 50% of the time.

The truck has been good to me. Its just not made for heavy duty work. Pushing 2-3" for a hour or two isnt bad but once you leave it out there for a extended period get ready for repairs. Installing the ladder rack next week for spring the truck is done plowing for the year.

When its all said and done the 1500 gets the same mpg as the f250. Theres no cost savings of running a 1/2 ton.

Cashin H&P
02-17-2013, 06:25 PM
I completly agree. The only reason I am using them right now is because its what I have. I am looking at getting a 97 f350 with a 7.3, it must be super clean, no rust! I had a 94 f150 in high school, lets just say I have a soft spot for the obs ford trucks lol

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-19-2013, 03:38 PM
The skid needed new belts and a adjustment $363. Thats great news, I was thinking drive motor. I just got a RFP for a apartment complex that needs a 120 yards of mulch. Gonna need both my loaders for that!



Almost have the plow fixed. I'm going to put a sheet of steel over the front.


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t132/dirtypockets/IMG_20130219_164905_zpsed68030a.jpg

willshome
02-19-2013, 09:24 PM
Almost have the plow fixed. I'm going to put a sheet of steel over the front.


that is one nice looking plow
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/ff/ff4551f0-309a-467b-a503-b7c40ac7e73f_300.jpg
I paint my plow every year only costs $10 and looks good (from 10 feet)

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-19-2013, 10:59 PM
that is one nice looking plow
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/ff/ff4551f0-309a-467b-a503-b7c40ac7e73f_300.jpg
I paint my plow every year only costs $10 and looks good (from 10 feet)

I need more then paint there lol. I was going to get the plastic skins from Angelos but now I need something to reinforce it. I managed to pull the dents out most of it. So it will be functional.

Gonna use this 11 GA 2' X 8'. Ill paint it first then. Then weld the sheet in and repaint. That should stiffen it up a bit. I might use some flat stock,rebar or something on the back end.
http://images.craigslist.org/3F23N73Hf5L95G35H9d2e842250ed232c1d64.jpg

Steve
02-20-2013, 11:58 AM
Gonna use this 11 GA 2' X 8'. Ill paint it first then. Then weld the sheet in and repaint. That should stiffen it up a bit.

I'd love to see the process of what you will be doing with the plow. Take some pictures if you can and show us a little of the step by step.

SECTLANDSCAPING
02-21-2013, 11:49 AM
I sent my guy to pick up skid. I fire it up this morning and it still wont turn right. It turns left a lot better but even going straight the right side is making it move.

I pull out the service manual that I got a few days ago. Adjust two bolts by the tire and wallah turns perfect. Stupid repair shop!

All they did is put on new belts and adjusted the linkage so it didnt creep forward. I wish there was a case dealer around me.

LawnCareMan280
02-21-2013, 12:40 PM
I am also getting ready for the storm this week in Wisconsin so excited :D Last storm of the season they are predicting

BelleCityLawn1
02-21-2013, 12:54 PM
LawnCareMan280,

Same here man! I have everything ready to go. We got hit hard two weeks ago with a little over a foot in southeast Wisconsin but other than that we have not had much so i am pumped! Where are you at in Wisconsin?

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

LawnCareMan280
02-26-2013, 03:26 PM
I am ready. The new picture you got updated by the weather channel I get most of that snow. Only getting 3 inches. But the 35 mph wind gusts will probably make me on call and have school and have band after school!:mad: But if the blowing snow occurs band will be cancelled.:D Snowblower refueld and fresh oil now all I can do is do my math homework (Geometry) and wait till I get the call.

LawnCareMan280
02-28-2013, 05:36 PM
LawnCareMan280,

Same here man! I have everything ready to go. We got hit hard two weeks ago with a little over a foot in southeast Wisconsin but other than that we have not had much so i am pumped! Where are you at in Wisconsin?

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

Appelton we have got a lot of snow there so far most of it was drifting. It really sucks when you can't drive and you have to put your walk behind snowblower in gear 6 and drive through an unplowed road always get stuck:mad: but now the county lets me plow a little trail for me to drive and for pedestrians to walk on thank you awesome guy in the orange plow truck! :D

BelleCityLawn1
02-28-2013, 08:42 PM
LawnCareMan280,

I'm down here in Racine and we got 14inches of super heavy wet snow. I worked 22 hours straight yesterday and a couple more this morning. I made out pretty good but due to the amount of time everything took my labor cost was extremely high. Lessons to adjust in pricing bigger snowfalls for next year!

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

Steve
03-01-2013, 12:05 PM
Lessons to adjust in pricing bigger snowfalls for next year!

How do you feel your bidding process will change next year with this lesson in mind?

BelleCityLawn1
03-01-2013, 03:00 PM
Well for snow removal for residential I have a set price. Over 6 inches I add another $10 to the price. Next year over 6 inches I will add an extra $5 and every 2 inches over 6 inches I will add another $5 for. So for a house I do $40 for the set price if we get 12 inches it will be $65 which is where I should be at to make some extra money. Just some small changes. I did not lose any money during the storm but I need to be making more for the amount of extra labor that's all.

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

Cashin H&P
03-01-2013, 07:17 PM
Well for snow removal for residential I have a set price. Over 6 inches I add another $10 to the price. Next year over 6 inches I will add an extra $5 and every 2 inches over 6 inches I will add another $5 for. So for a house I do $40 for the set price if we get 12 inches it will be $65 which is where I should be at to make some extra money. Just some small changes. I did not lose any money during the storm but I need to be making more for the amount of extra labor that's all.

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

Wow thats cheap. For this storm I sent out bills for $100+ to all of my customers. (20+ inches) My prices are done by inch amount, 2-7 7-12 12-16 16+ for a 12 inch storm most drive ways are $80 (ish)

SECTLANDSCAPING
03-01-2013, 07:21 PM
Well for snow removal for residential I have a set price. Over 6 inches I add another $10 to the price. Next year over 6 inches I will add an extra $5 and every 2 inches over 6 inches I will add another $5 for. So for a house I do $40 for the set price if we get 12 inches it will be $65 which is where I should be at to make some extra money. Just some small changes. I did not lose any money during the storm but I need to be making more for the amount of extra labor that's all.

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

Thats way to low. You should bump it up about $10 a inch.
The last storm the cheapest customer was $120 and the most was $380. Dont work so hard for nothing.

My price doubles ever 4"
so a $50 driveway will be $100 at 5-8" and $150 for 8-12".

JeffK26
03-01-2013, 08:30 PM
Well for snow removal for residential I have a set price. Over 6 inches I add another $10 to the price. Next year over 6 inches I will add an extra $5 and every 2 inches over 6 inches I will add another $5 for. So for a house I do $40 for the set price if we get 12 inches it will be $65 which is where I should be at to make some extra money. Just some small changes. I did not lose any money during the storm but I need to be making more for the amount of extra labor that's all.

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC

that is low. I don't do commercial nor do I do residential other than my lawn customers. I would, but the snowfall here in the St Louis area for the past 2 years is at record lows and I can't justify buying a plow. I snowblow/shovel...yes shoveling is actually faster than snow blowing in some cases.

that being said, think about it. That one inch of snowfall adds up over the width of the driveway. So whether it's a plow, snow blower or shovel, by the time you get across a 20 foot driveway, how many inches is it? The one inch? or a couple feet?

Not only the depth, but wet snow? or dry powder? Is sleet mixed in? These are all factors in a well rounded bid and price. That's not even counting overhead and other costs and expenses.

Not every customer wanted snow removal this past snowfall. I did 10 driveways plus 3 i picked up from their neighbors that caught me while I was clearing my clients. 13 driveways, my invoices were $800. Not as much as a guy with a plow and commercial accounts, but not bad for someone not focusing on the whole market and only on his own clients.

BelleCityLawn1
03-01-2013, 09:27 PM
Where I am located the people tend to be extremely cheap. I am going to be raising my prices next year but most of the driveways are 20ft long by one car wide so in a regular snowfall they take about 10 minutes to clear (1-5 inches). I will take the advice though! Thanks!

Thank you,
Tim Oezer
Belle City Lawn Care, LLC