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Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by ryde307, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I love the Cat. But selling the s205 just because we don't use it enough in the summer. We will replace with something older and cheaper to use around the shop.

    Not afraid of the 6.0. Most have problems but going into it knowing you may have to do the few main things to fix them they are not a bad deal. We just wanted something newer.
     
  2. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good question. most wonder # of accounts but obviously 50 1/4 acre lots and 10 20 acre lots is a big difference.

    We take care of 59 accounts for snow. 5 are driveways, around 10 are just accounts we salt for someone else, the rest are all us. Last I counted it was around 38 acres of pavement we plow.

    Turf I do not know acres. Approx. 65-70 acres. 80 accounts. For mowing.

    Fert is 120 or so accounts Approx 50 acres.
     
  3. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know this isn't lawn stuff but I'm in MN so not alot of the warm weather stuff happening right now.
    Here is hauling some snow the other night. We have been busy the last 2 weeks and potential for a good size storm later this week.
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  4. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Very nice as usual Thumbs Up

    Seeing all that makes me realize I need to expand more into snow next year.
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  5. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Snow is around 40% of our gross. The big thing is finding equipment that can work 12 month out of the year. It makes it alot easier to recover costs.
     
  6. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    40%. that is pushing a lot of snow. How big is your snow crew? And how many trucks/skidders are you running to do that?

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  7. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
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    We run:
    2 f550 salt trucks that will plow for an hr then start salting
    our toolcat
    2 skids
    1 f350 that plows for half the night then fuels skids and helps where needed
    1 f150 with a salter that I drive. I mostly check on things help out where needed and salt a few lots.
    a sub brings 3 trucks and a skid
    another brings a skid
    and 4-5 shovelers.
     
  8. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    So you guys are really haulin ass when you plow I take it. My little company hasn't started plowing yet but I plan on starting next year, but the guys I plow with just started snow removal last year (no snow came which you know I'm sure) but now we've finally got it down to where we're pretty efficient. Can I ask how big of a difference in time savings does it make to have a "V" plow vs. just a straight blade?

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  9. JContracting

    JContracting LawnSite Bronze Member
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    From just thinking of possible situations, a V is much more efficient especially in a medium-large commercial sites. However they weigh more and I don't want to hang that much weight off the front of my truck. I'll upgrade to a V when I get another truck that is a dedicated work truck.
    And the commercial accounts I do can be done sufficiently with a straight blade. I've been told a straight is better for resis but I think a V would work great.

    I notice you have a half ton, I'd really recommend upgrading before plowing. I see lots of half tons with plows on them and couldn't imagine plowing with them, there have been a couple times this year that I'm thankful for my 8.1 and I don't think the 6.0 would have the power to move some of the stuff I did and stack it.
     
  10. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the advice. Im not going to put a plow on my half ton, It would push snow fine im sure but I don't want to wreck the front end.

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