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I was curious to know what everyone else knows about snow plowing, like: the cost to start, does it hurt the truck any (i have Silverado 2500HD), how do you know what to charge, what type of plow to get, etc...
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I offer free snow plowing with my annual lawn maintenence contracts.

Though, I've never had to plow anything, & I don't own a plow? I've gotten plowed.
I've seen friends get really plowed.

But I haven't yet had to plow.

Sorry, I live in Southern Florida.
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What do you want to do comercial or residential?
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doesn't matter. just curious to know some of the things I listed plus some. just seems like a good money maker but I don't want to screw up my truck.
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does anyone know anything about the topic
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I suggest you look up all the snow blade, snow plow, V blade and salt spreaders on google. You will be amazed how many different types there are. Also it will tell you where the nearest dealer to you is. Don't go cheap. Get to know if the snow plow is steel or kevlar or fiberglass. That will tell you if you will need heavy duty shocks up front to handle the weight of the snow plow it self. Also do you want to get into mor then just snow you have to think about what to do after you plow. The driveway or parking lot will be very slippery so salting or sanding is a must for traction. Just a few things to think about. If you want to just do your residential lawn care customers you can get a ATV with a snow blade for about the same price you spend on a blade for your truck. Just take a shovel with you for the quick jobs. You can make good money this way. I have made a killing just doing residential jobs. Thats why i asked if you wanted residential or commercial. Let me know if i helped. mike
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Mike,

How do you suggest estimating jobs? Both Residential and commercial?

Andrew,

There are a few free snow plow contracts available in the contract section if you are interested in them.
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Hey Andrew,
For my full time job, among other things I drive snow plows for the Ohio Department of Transportation. I realize what I do and what you would be doing is quite different but out trucks take one #### of a beating. We frequently knock things off the plows and crack the frames. We have a welder at the shop daily. There is also a weld shop down the street from my garage that offers "emergency repairs".

I would think that the plowing would not be all that hard on the truck but the hitting the hidden objects would.

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Thanks Ben that is basically the response that I was looking for.
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One of my friends who offers lawn fertilization services also snow plows in the winter. I think the first year he started it, he was using a new truck and the front end took a beating, so what he did the following years was he bought these rust bucket pickups and put his plows on them instead.
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