Lets Have a Little Fun, Case Study

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  1. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    The storm:

    3"-5"
    Temps 30-32
    8-10 Hours Day Time storm.

    What will you do? Please state the use of salt, as well as Magic Salt.

    Geoff
     
  2. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 691

    Pre-salt (lightly) before the storm.

    Go out at 2" and plow.

    Go home and check weather.

    Go out at end of storm if 5" is all.

    If salt is necessary after final plow, then salt.


    How'd I do?

    -Tim
     
  3. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 292

    Geoff - are your accounts commercial or residential? was this a weekend storm? were the commercial accounts open?

    Without this additional information as well as knowing what your contracts say, I would have to agree with Tim. (and I would be using magic salt)

    (SlimJimZ71)
     
  4. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    Our market...
    Salt when the storm begins.
    Plow that night after it ends.
    Service Restaurants during the day just prior to lunch and/or dinner hours.
    But... keep in mind that in my market 5" of snow is nothing.
     
  5. Alan

    Alan Member
    Posts: 1,185

    I'd salt at the onset, then monitor for buildup and plow as needed. Depending on how much traffic the site had and how much moisture there was in the snow you might not have to plow at all. Possibly a spot salt application to clear up the spots that had buildup at the end of the storm. With temps in the low 30 range you can melt a LOT of snow with a normal salt app.
     
  6. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 555

    salt high traffic lots as needed to keep wet
    probably two times
    (libraries,restaurants,convenient stores)

    other commercial accts drive lanes kept open
    (industrial factories,gas stations,office)

    walks continuously salted and cleared as needed
    (high traffic accts)

    all accounts plowed that night/next morn as needed accts that were heavily salted may not need plowing

    all residential accts drives plowed before homeowner arrives home from work
     
  7. HandyHaver

    HandyHaver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    1. Wait till about 2-3" are on the ground and then go hit my first 3 drives. Salt drive, calcium walks (about 4 min. from my house)
    2. Stop at local wawa get a large coffee & buy blower boy his hot choc.
    3. Go hit my next 10 drives, salt drive, calcium walks.
    ( pick up 2-3 flag downs, cash only)
    4. repeat step 2

    5. Finish up my last 8 drives salt drives & calcium walks. ( 4 of them small commercial size)

    6. repeat step 4

    7. If only 5" fell, clean up first 3 and head for home.

    8. check messages, watch the news, then toss & turn for awhile, too much coffee.

    How'd I do Geoff??

    Mark
     
  8. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    Id pre-salt lightly all commercails,and resdeintials that have steep driveways,plow coercials at 2-3"then at end plow all ans salt commercials
     
  9. JD PLOWER

    JD PLOWER LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    Pre-salt my larger commercials (Hospital,Hotel, and day care). Then go out at 1" and service the same accounts until the end, then finish the rest as time allows. BTW this is for a weekday storm.
     
  10. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    Hey,

    I don't have all the answers. Just put this out so we could all have a little fun.

    Geoff
     

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