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Old 10-12-2014, 03:21 PM
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Ok, so I understand you guys with more experience get tired of these "how do I bid" questions but I am pretty lost when it comes to snow blowing. This will be my first season doing snow and I`m not sure where to begin. I have a lawn customer that is interested in me taking care of the snow this year and she wants a quote. I don`t want to over bid nor under bid so here are a few things. She has a double wide driveway that is two car lengths long. Her side walk is approximately 80 ft in length and she requests that the approach to her driveway be cleared out AFTER the city plows come through. What would be a rough estimate that someone would charge and is there a formula or table I could use to help me with a couple more of these quotes. I have tried the snow plowing estimator on the home page but that is not for snow blowing.
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gwilson98, are you looking into snow blowing because thats what you have to use or because the customer wants it done that way???

80 foot walkway? Does it go from the house to the street and then to the neighbors both ways?

What exactly are you using as far as the snow blower?? What size? width, and engine size? Home owner style or commercial style blower?
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I am using a snow blower because It would not be profitable to put a plow on my truck. The walkway goes from house to house. And I am using a homeowner blower that is a yard machines 24", with what I believe is an 8.5 hp. engine.
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I am using a snow blower because It would not be profitable to put a plow on my truck. The walkway goes from house to house. And I am using a homeowner blower that is a yard machines 24", with what I believe is an 8.5 hp. engine.
This will probably be alright to start. See if you can get some more customers on the same street so you don't have to keep loading and unloading the blower. Get as many as you can in the same area! Start on getting them now, so you have them lined up before the snow falls!!!

Why would you think it wouldn't be profitable to put a plow on your truck?
What do you have 1/2 ton 3/4 ton etc....you can plow with a 1/2 ton truck but it won't take the beating that a 3/4 ton or 1 ton will obviously, but you can still make good $$$ with it. It wouldn't take long to pay the plow off.

If your content with just doing a blowing type of service, you will do good but it takes longer to blow so you should adjust prices for blowing compared to plowing. Plowing, your in and out, quick $$$ but the disadvantage of plowing small driveways is that you will run out of room to push the snow, so if you go with plowing latter on, make sure you keep it in mind that you may have to remove the snow piles or maybe get them pushed back.

Some things to think about for now.
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Now I am going to date myself but-back in 1975 I got a job shoveling, yes shoveling snow from a sidewalk, before the end of the day I had 40 to do. If your doing a good job, and visible to neighbors, in residential areas, then you could just get more right next to each other.
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Why would you think it wouldn't be profitable to put a plow on your truck?
What do you have 1/2 ton 3/4 ton etc....you can plow with a 1/2 ton truck but it won't take the beating that a 3/4 ton or 1 ton will obviously, but you can still make good $$$ with it. It wouldn't take long to pay the plow off.
I do have a 1/2 ton truck but I would not have enough clients to fulfill the plow payments and still make a profit because I am a Junior in high school and I play hockey during the winter. That`s why I can do lawn care in the mowing season because I don`t play any sports during that time.
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You could keep an eye out for a used snow plow sold locally that you could pickup.

Maybe having a plow could help you make more cash this winter.
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