Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snow Plows

Living on the Oregon Coast I don't normally see a snow plow unless I drive over the mountain passes. They are usually attached to big ten-wheel dump trucks, but when I was growing up a lot of people with four wheel drive trucks or Jeeps had snow plows.

First of all there were few pick-up trucks in the suburbs of New Jersey. It was only the hearty, self-reliant, good-ol-boy types that owned them. The hard core had 4 wheel drive trucks and most of them had snow plows. These guys would always keep an eye to the sky hoping for a hint of snow. As soon as four inches hit the ground they brew up a thermos of coffee and hit the road.

They had their regular customers and they'd work all day and night plowing driveways all over town. I don't recall how much they charged, but I somehow recall the average driveway costing about $25. Some customers wanted the snow removed only if it was over a foot deep.

Plowing is hard on trucks, but I think a couple good winters could easily finance a new truck. If you were fortunately able to snag some big clients like a shopping center or any place with a big parking lot you were really in the gravy.

It seems like a job I'd love. If I ever move to a colder climate I'm going to get a snow plow.


Blogger Donna said...

Cliff worked for a guy, years ago, who did construction as his main occupation but in winter had contracts with several businesses to remove snow. He'd send Cliff out with a tractor to do the job. Cliff HATED it, and usually if you put him on a tractor, he's happy. But with all that looking back behind him, he'd get a stiff neck. Of course, working on a tractor in winter was pretty cold, too.

4:23 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I would definitely rather plow with a truck rather than a tractor. You can see what you're doing better in a tractor, but it's much warmer in a truck. Leaving that tractor biz to the younger guys. If you like doing that kind of stuff, you'd be better off buying a bulldozer and working during the summer. Now that's fun!

7:05 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

I agree, never on a tractor. Too open and too cold.

5:22 AM  

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