March 19, 2007anybody else here plow the white stuff? i got a plow a few years ago and just started picking up some accounts this year. i was curious what your going rates are and what kind of upkeep (maintenance/breakages) you encounter? i had a hose get caught on a spring and pull the disconnect fitting apart but that wasn't too severe of a fix. since it SHOULD be the end of it for the year i will be taking it off and want to take care of it. i heard of putting grease on the shafts to limit rust and help the seals from drying out but was still curious of anything else.
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March 19, 2007i dont know what the rates are down there
but up here the rates go from $75 to $100 dollars an hour with a 1 hour minimum charge
hopefully this is of some help to you
March 19, 2007My dad plows for PennDot part time. The pay sucks but he enjoys it.
March 19, 2007thanks mike, 75 is what i am finding around here to start. for a few of the lots i had this year i was billing 50. but told them next year rates will be up. after my time, fuel, and the little breakage. 50 just isn't enough. seems like alot but it just doesn't cut it.
March 22, 2007i dont plow i just pull ppl out of ditches. depends on their attitude for what if at all i charge. and btw this a family site, so no more talk about greese'n your shaft
March 22, 2007i got a lawn jockey if that will help LOL
i did it for many years and found snow money melts faster than the snow
March 22, 2007I work for the Pennhills Public Works Dept. I have been doing it now for 10 years. I don't know what the going rate is but I could give you a few pointers for your truck and equipment. First of all If it's not snowing or calling for snow, take your plow off, so many people drive around with their plow on and no snow to be plowed. Your killing your truck. Second as you found out ,your going to break a few parts here and there. Stock up on the hoses and fittings. Usually those are what's going to break. Always keep a close check on the plow BLADE to. After a good snow go to your local car wash and hose off the under carriage of your truck. Check your springs for cracks or missing springs. Hope this helped you out some how.Good luck
March 23, 2007thanks nightmare, i appreciate it. i don't run the plow unless needed. even though i have a 3/4 ton it still is 800 lbs sitting out on the front of my truck bouncing around. i will start doing the walk around looksy after i hose er off. thanks, dan