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January 19, 2018

What its like to be a Snow plow operator -a Long cold day in the life of a snowfighter

From Stanley "Dirt Monkey" Genadek on Friday, January 19th, 2018 in & Videos
Good, bad & everything- what to expect if you want to be a snowplower. Breakdowns, equipment, problems- its all part of the fun. So get ready and lets go for a ride with a day in the life of a snow fighter.

50 Comments on "What its like to be a Snow plow operator -a Long cold day in the life of a snowfighter":

Elias Paul Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Off tomorrow airport rarely capability straight by seven household monitor ship
Matt Stagg Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
ran sand truck and snow plow for a company and anyone looking to get into it get use to no sleep especially if its a smaller company that requires you to do your own maintenance work on the equipment my day started at about 2am and would generally finish up anywhere from 6pm to 1030 pm some times even longer and no sleep
Robert Scott Aldrich Sunday, February 4th, 2018
I just answered a question about snow removal with this answer: Good question, removing the snow while the snow is coming down on a driveway and sidewalks will help prevent ice buildup if it’s a wet heavy snow. If family members are not home yet it helps them get into the driveway safely. Plus it’s easier to clean up after the plows. Snow removal companies will do parking lots two or more times if it’s a big snow storm to make sure employees and customers can traverse parking lots/ lanes easier. A pet peeve of snow removal companies is having vehicles parked in front of where they’re pushing the snow. They watch where the water runs so big frozen puddles won’t build up.
a Balboa Friday, February 2nd, 2018
I have some friends that hate plowing and some that hate it. (We’re in New England)We snowblow driveways right now but I’m honestly not sure if I should get into it with pickups. Any input? I’d probably only do commercial lots...is it worth it?
Randy Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Who cares?
Butters12379 Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Don't plow its hard I've been doing it for 8 years and shoveling sidewalks it's too hard
Chris Cardoza Saturday, January 27th, 2018
That's why l don't cost scrap anymore....
Brad Olsen Saturday, January 27th, 2018
What state do you Live in I live in Minnesota
pyro 323 Friday, January 26th, 2018
i dont play that crap box either...i play ps3 lol
Michael Kaye Thursday, January 25th, 2018
2 snowblower, 6 plows, 2 skidsteers, a loader, 5 dump trucks...... I should be able to pay the light bill.....
MPO Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Being a Sub or doing sub work be vary vary vary careful. The contracts are written for the benefit of the management company and they will stiff you on payment, you will loss. Just from my own experience never go throw those "National services" unless you have good lawyers on staff and a lot of $$$ to wast. One of the biggest snow company's by me was over 1 mil out in invoice and the National management company would not pay them Bankruptcy was their way out. The next season that "national management company" could not provide services in my area because no provider would work with them, The big-box stores were forced to contract privet finely. Most national property management company contracts don't meet state or local regulation / laws anyways
MPO Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
danielsplows.com/pul... make one just buy it lol. good for those close areas but why a truck the more crap you have on it the faster it brakes use a skid loader or toolcat. Tool cat would be better for small jobs like sidewalks, condo units ext
Chris Edge Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
We have used the back blades on pickups and they work great if you have power up and down. It may seem stupid but yes you can buy the manual lift and drop bladed. Once you drop it down and you reverse it flops over so it doesn't push snow backwards they work ok if its light snow but if its wet/heavy crap its udless. The power down is really nice because you can really scrape up the snow with a back blade. They work great in small driveways and when you are doing lots as well. You can drop your main blade in the front and then drop your back blade and it scrapes up the snow thats been compacted down. When i was plowing all the time i loved having a back blade and the hydraulic wing on the front to keep snow or discharge once you have passed a entry or exit. I sure miss plowing we just don't get the snow here like we used to herd in Idaho.
Ryan McKinney Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Great Video man!
Ezrider92356 Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
i don't know why i never thought of subbing out my skid steer for snow plowing. my primary business is trucking. and do a lot of dump trailer work. i do plow snow, but mostly on larger snowfalls for people that may not plow every snow fall. smaller lots driveways ect. so i don't really get busy till we get more than 3 inches. i don't care to do contracts as sometimes i may be otherwise busy when the snow flys.
Chris figaro Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Stanley how do you get this big commercial properties is there a way for them contact you or do you contact in the off season for snow removal?
mule585 Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
a few yrs ago i was a sub on 18 properties. each site had a set price for the year with a snowfall cap with a 3 tier bonus, 85" 100" 115" never again will i do that kind of structured contract. anyway if you get that type make perfectly clear what company is doing the measurements and where the measurements are being taken. that year the area my properties were in got 127" of snow and the measurements the maintenance co. decided to use at the end of the year changed and were taken at the airport about 20miles away and got 77" of snow. needless to say i lost out on just over $20k. i will gladly take on set price contracts again but only with a service cap not a snowfall cap
Best Farmer Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Do you ever use a brush on skid steer.
james birdsall Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Hey Stan are you going to make dirt monkey hoodies
Carson Meyers Monday, January 22nd, 2018
do a equipment video showing all your excavators, TLB's, skidsteers, and all the other equipment you have
gabriel krueger Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Aloha,New take some time to ask the right questions before starting a job. Ask DMU about contracts and most importantly never rush to start a job.Gabe the general contractor
Ryan Quintana Monday, January 22nd, 2018
In the mastermind, could you add insight on how to setup snowplow subcontractor relationships (do I setup a subcontractor agreement ahead of time? What commission percentage is acceptable to add in the industry?). I tried to get some parking lot accounts that came to me for snow plow vendors this year but no luck and I'm wondering if there's something I'm missing in the steps. I'm doing a follow up to see what the deal is of course.
mxzeatr Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Buy an ebling back blade, or three. You will increase your production for sure.
Josh Gilmour Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Stanley! Please tell me, have you ever operated a Trackless in your fleet? If so, how'd you like it? If not, how come? Thanks man
Elite Earthworks LLC Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Hi Stan, l'm looking into the mastermind group but my question is I have started my own excavation company in April of 2017. It's just me right now and I don't really plan to hire an employees for awhile. I have a single axle dump truck, Takeuchi loader and excavator and seems to stay very busy. Do you feel the mastermind group would still be beneficial to a small company like mine? Thanks again, love the videos!
max spoonemore Sunday, January 21st, 2018
My company has had to help some of our subcontractors pay thier bills and made them pay us back by diing free work for us where all they supplied was the labor it helped them and got the job done but we also cut them loose after the books were cleared
Matt D.I.MYWAY Martinson Sunday, January 21st, 2018
The most important thing u said in this video was plan on it not snowing, and don't count on it. I'm a concrete contractor in Iowa so I plan my year on about 8 months of income. I used to own a few groundheaters and semi loads of blankets to go all winter, but all it did was beat up the equipment and burn the guys out. I quit snowplowing because it seems like it only snows on holidays and when I am not in town.
Billy Pierce Sunday, January 21st, 2018
I love these snowplowing videos
MrDandaman137 Sunday, January 21st, 2018
why your pupils look weird? Are you trying to look like a Hollywood star or something?
wes92395 Sunday, January 21st, 2018
I’m sorry but running 9 pieces of equipment for $650 is not worth getting out of bed for,
beth98362 R Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Check with the better business bureau before working for any company... It also wouldn't hurt to run a credit check to see if they have any leans on their business from non payments!
UA Lawn Care Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Thanks for the great advice. Im ready for the new year with new business and an old business.
Justin Capwell JKC Contracting And Landscape Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Hey Stanley can you send the link to those ratchet straps you tested
Nick Johnson Saturday, January 20th, 2018
test the rear mounded plow and see if it is something you need a backup camera to get close to the garage doors.  Like would you let s new operator use it up close to houses and garage doors just using good judgement and mirrors?  I know most good operators would probably be just fine but all lot of the times everybody isn't a seasoned plow operator.
Chuck B. Jr Saturday, January 20th, 2018
patugejv Saturday, January 20th, 2018
How do I get a jobber hat like that?
oldredcoonhound Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Guys that drive around with two wheels in the air clearing snow drive me nuts.
plowkingf15 Saturday, January 20th, 2018
When you sub. whose insurance provides coverage? your insurance or I C? I subbed for municipality years ago but assumed they covered.Did not t want to find out the hard way. Hourly rate could  be higher if you had to provide proof of plow insurance  Plow insurance is a separate rider on top of my general liability according to my insurance agent.
rpietros Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Sometimes a bat makes some money magically appear
Rusty rods Saturday, January 20th, 2018
To much small equipment for a big job ....to much labor costs , fuel . I'm ok with the TLB and a pusher or loaders with pushers or 10 foot v blades but I've owned skid steers before and they are ok to handle small areas way under sized for what your doing and what do you do when you get some big snow falls they can't clean down to the tare that's whey you guy was doing what he was doing . I'm glad it works for you and that's what counts .
Sams Lawncare Saturday, January 20th, 2018
I will be plowing next year with my truck , but this year I plowed for the company I work for as a diesel mechanic we have a bobcat to use on our yard, it takes around 1 and a half hours and my boss won't let me plow if we have other things to d
Imperial Services Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Great video Stan
Jake A. Saturday, January 20th, 2018
what do you think about inverted blowers on tractors?
Chris Taylor Saturday, January 20th, 2018
I have run a skidsteer on a very large condo site outside Boston for years now. The money has been great but sometimes it's just pure ****!
Chargèro Saturday, January 20th, 2018
What is the first song in the background, in the beginning ?
Ken Phillips Saturday, January 20th, 2018
plowing sux for the people in the machines doing the work all plow companeys rip off thier operators try paying the cash and wait till the last second to call u in then get mad when it takes u 2 hrs to get to ur machine plowing in general is unlagit most of that heavey equipment get operated by people without licances and inexperienced if osha ever figured out how much of this was going on it would change the plowing market theres no profit in legitimate plowing with licanced experienced operaters most plowing operations are operated by kids in skid steers and people suped that somone gave them a chace to run a huge rental loader with no licance
Rufus LC Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Great video stan! always great information and usually a laugh or two,
Michael Dobberstein Saturday, January 20th, 2018
I had gotten screwed over by a sub contracter when I was trying to do lawn care. Their checks would bounce all the time, if I had the option, I would've done direct deposit on a debit pay card. At least in the end I was paid in full though so.
brian king Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Im smarter than you dirt monkey man. Try me. Im the next generation.
Trimpalm Trees Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Can you make money snow plowing in residential area like driveway and sidewalk?



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