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Old 11-20-2014, 04:22 PM   #1
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Are there any other painters that do snow removal in the winter time? I think I might get into it.
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Around here landscapers, pool installers, etc. all get into it. We painters just hide in our houses where it's warm.

It's not a bad gig, but it'll pretty much murder the transmission in any vehicle you're using if you use a plow blade from what I understand. That and the fact that you have to get be on the road at 3:30am getting started. A friend of mine uses a $150k tractor with a $15k blower attached to the front. Last year he did over 3500 laneways and pretty much lived in the thing.
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Just for myself and elderly next door neighbors.
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I've though about it but the awkward times and being on call 24-7 would play havoc with paint scheduling
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I've thought about it as well but the combination of locked in contracts and low return on equipment investment kept me away. If you don't have contracts, you get paid per snowfall. Around here, that can be $300K one year and $10K the next. The contracts are usually tied up with guys that handle a property's exterior maintenance (ie landscapers)
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I worked for a guy years ago and he did snow removal it sucked and did a number on trucks and it was like we were on call all hours of night .
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My buddy does lawn care and its part of his contract. The hours are hard when you work all night and sometimes for two days straight. You need a HD truck minimum unless you are the sidewalk crew but that's for laborers. I help him out some years and I get the best job and that's running the salt spreader out of my truck. You go in after the hard work has been done and drive circles. Hardly get out of the truck. It is good money during storms. Salt supply is the golden ticket in my opinion.
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My friend wants me to put a plow on my truck. He will pay $135 an hour. I said, no thanks. Not worth my truck getting abused for a couple of grand.
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Apparently the general consensus is that plowing snow beats trucks bad,


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I looked into it as well when I had my big bad truck. We just don't get enough snowfall to justify it. Maybe 3 or 4 times a year. Just for kicks last year, I tossed out a price of what I thought I would charge to a client of mine and was surprised that I was damn near right on the money.

I was told by several here to charge $200/hour if estimating by the hour. Seems to be "the going rate" here for snow removal via plow and salting. Salting is the big upgrade though, as you can come back multiple times for that, but only once for removal.
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