The snow plowing business can be very lucrative and does have a large profit margin, but if there is not a good system in place to run it, then it can cause a whole lot of trouble by not being profitable enough. Here are a few important considerations when it comes to making money from snow plowing.
According to Snowplows Direct's pricing data, expect to pay between $1600 and $2,000 for a personal snow plow attachment. However, if you plan to use your snow removal equipment to clear a large area, such as a street or shared car park, you may need a commercial snow plow attachment.
Snow plowing is the simple removal of snow from drivable surfaces such as roads, driveways, and car parks. The snow is pushed into a pile or curb until it melts or is removed in a separate snow removal process.
In deep snow, lift the plow a few inches off the ground to shear off the top layer of snow. If you have a Power-V plow, use the V-position on the first pass. Then switch to the shovel or angle position to extend the reach.
A skid steer can take on the winter. With a snow removal attachment, such as a snow blower, you can help reduce the time, energy and stress caused by having to physically remove snow from pavements and even driveways. All it takes to turn your skid steer into a snow removal machine is an attachment.
Since skid steer loaders are made for heavy applications in the first place, the vast majority of manufacturers have no problem putting a snow plough on their machines. This is not always the case with trucks, which are not really made to carry snow ploughs.
Plowing snow is among the hardest work a truck will do. The pushing of a blade on the ground puts enormous stress on the frame, axles, attaching points, transmission, U-joints and cooling system. Even the electrical system is taxed as it must power hydraulic blade movement and auxiliary lights.
The typical contractor snowplow lifespan is 7-10 years – but we have contractors with RAY plows that are approaching 15-20 years old, It's all about how well you maintain them and how hard you use them.