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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:16 PM   #1
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I saw a sign today looking for plow drivers offering $75 per hour. With your own truck of course. I was looking to see how much the guys that plow on here make. My cousin says one of his naeighbors at his cabin in whitecloud has the contract to plow the wall mart in Big rapids and i think he said he makes like $40,000 for just doing wal mart ? Is this BS ?
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Old December 9th, 2005, 04:28 PM   #2
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For me it depends on what type of lots.

I started contracting for this current company middle of last year. I get paid $60.00 an hour.
My cousin plows for the same company and makes $75.00 but has worked for him about 5 yrs.

This is for commercial, large lots.

The largest stop on my route is Oak Ridge Market at 11 and Ryan, about the size of a K Mart parking lot.

I used to make more but it was plowing condo's, small driveways. They suck big time. Wasn't worth it.

Can't help you on the 40k for Wal Mart. But I'm sure he also salt's the lot. That can run into some very large money.
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When I plowed I got $75.00 an hr. no salting or shoveling. I have plowed personally, comercialy, and by contract. I will only plow with my own vehicle anymore. That is where the $$ is at. Yep it figures the year I get rid of my plow and start to cut up the truck. We end up with a couple good snows already. Hopefully for those that are plowing this year. The pennies fall plenty from above.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #4
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I worked for my brother-in-law's company and made $30 an hour in cash when I had to work. He went all by contracts, and I don't know how much he made on the contracts.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 05:54 PM   #5
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excavating companies get the big lots up here , K mart walmart and so on . Trying to plow drive ways is a waist of time . Every tom dick and harry have a plow and thell do drives for 10 to 20 bucks .

I run an 8' plow on the dually but i plow only my drives :gman:
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Let me think about this $20 per drive 6 drives an hour minimum thats $120 an hour. I would think that is where the money is at. So grease monkey you got $30 an hour? That was using someone else's truck or your own? $40,000 a year to contract Wal Mart does not seem out of line from what I have been hearing. I would think that there is probably some kind of front end loader time involved in that money also and they are real expensive to lease or hire. And yes I have plowed plenty of snow. Plowed 25 years than took a few off and started again this year.
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Old December 9th, 2005, 06:51 PM   #7
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6 drives per hour , hold the phone . First find some one that wants to pay at all . Now put 10 or 20 miles between the drives your doing . the fuel spent , use of truck and maybe 3 drives an hour .

Up here its not worth it . Remeber there isnt a house every 100 ' up here , there miles between

The operational cost of a pickup today , total of all expenses , figuring depreciation maintence ins fuel blah blah is $2.55 per mile

If i ran 20 miles to do 3 dirves i make 60 bucks . honest cost is 51 bucks , ye ha i made 8 dollars profit .

44 business's fail every minute do you know why ? They lack the ability to know there own true cost of ops and under charge there service or product .

Fact is i own the only towing company in west branch that has stood the test of time . Those that under cut my rates there a temporary aggrevation . They do not calculate the funds needed to replace trucks do proper maintenece and so on . In time they go belly up . I can think of 5 other companies that have come and gone druing my time in towing just in our area .

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Old December 9th, 2005, 09:22 PM   #8
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"If i ran 20 miles to do 3 dirves i make 60 bucks . honest cost is 51 bucks , ye ha i made 8 dollars profit ."


Hmmm, Math a little different "back in the day?":gman:
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Old December 9th, 2005, 09:26 PM   #9
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Our driveway is about 500' long. A few years back it would run me $20 to have it plowed. Last year the price had risen all the way to $50. Screw that. We have 3 4x4 vehicles. We'll just drive through the snow this year.
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Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids. 20 miles between driveways? It takes a couple years to get most business to get going but if you do not live in the sticks why would it be 20 miles between jobs. The problem is everybody thinks that they are going to make a killing the first year. Even the big plowing companys took a few years to get that way. I had at least 7 spots where I had 4-7 jobs within a mile of each other. Total travel for my whole route was not over 25 miles and when it was snowing hard I was doing 90-100 drives a day and working a regular 8 hour job.
So if you drove 20 miles to make $60 you think that it is more expensive and harder on the equipment than driveing back and forth in a parking lot continous for an hour for that same $60. I still think the driveways and the 20 mile drive will be way easier on equipment for the same money.

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Plowing wouldn't be a bad gig...as extra income.

I'd hate to have my means of making a living relying on whether we get a good winter or not.

I had some guy tell me if i put a plow on my truck he would pay me $30 an hour to plow for him. Now wait a minute, spend 3-4k on a plow(i think), beat the crap out of my truck, and wake up at 2:00AM to go plow lots, then go to my real job at 7:30. Doesn't seem very practical to me.

But if you were getting better money like your own contracts and you had a flexible schedule like Stan it would be a really good way to justify driving a big diesel truck every day.
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for residentials close together thats not much. We get about 25$ for the easy drives that only take a few minutes to do. in our neighborhood we have about 15 driveways and they dont take more than an hour so yah, you can do the math.

And to factor in gas, I plowed for 14 hours yesterday and only used 3/4 or the tank in our TJ and as for maintenance we havent put any extra money into the plow since we got it in 98. The air shocks are kinda needy, only on our second set though.

bottom line if you have your own vehicle 75$/hour isnt that great you can make much more on yer own. Im sure you could make more than that driving around after a snow, im always gettin people askin me to do theirs, since I really dont need them i just give them an outrageous price, and youd be suprised what people will pay for 5 minutes of work
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Old December 10th, 2005, 04:53 PM   #13
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i try and bid everything i plow at a rate of 90 per hour when its my contract. when im subbing for other companys i usally get 50 an hour for plowing plus salt.
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