Question for all snow pushers

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  1. osc

    osc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I do lawn and landscape and have systematically turned down all requests to bid on snow and salt. The thing is, I live in Southern Ohio and snowfall is quite marginal some years. This is this first real winter in a long time for my area.
    I like to do other things in the winter and really didn't want to be held hostage everytime snow was in the forcast.

    Thing is, when I add up what I've turned down, it's starting to look more attractive. The only suitable truck I have for this is a 1 ton dually dump truck (Ford F350). My question is how are these trucks at plowing snow? I really don't intend on buying a 4 wheel drive just to get into snow removal. Right now this truck seem fine if there is some weight in the bed but I've never had a plow on it and certainly have never pushed snow with it.

    Thanks for all you're replies!
     
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    If you put enough weight in your truck bed and have good snow type tires on it, it should do fine at plowing. The only place you may have some problems is on a hilly area, but just stay away from them. You can make as much or more money with that truck plowing in 7 to 10 days as you do in 30 doing the lawn thing, so it's something to consider.
     
  3. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 691

    I agree with Eric on this one. With a plow on the front, and maybe a thousand pounds in the dump-box, you'd be moving some serious snow!

    -Tim
     
  4. Jason_S

    Jason_S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    The biggest problem you'll have is visibility. You are always guessing where stuff is. The mirrors only show so much
     
  5. Mudrtrukr79

    Mudrtrukr79 LawnSite Member
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    I work for Pittsburgh DPW and 90 % of all our trucks are 2WD, we have been plowing this way for years and have had very little problems.The way we do it is to go out and plow all our streets first using the salt on the bed as weight then come back and salt the streets. Another thing is tire chains we use tire chains while plowing and this helps in the traction department.Hope this helps

    Dan
     
  6. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 822

    it wil work with a load of sand and some rear tire chains if your plowing roads if not alot of weight .Pick up much better for driveways unless they are huge.
     
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    D not put 1000 lbs in the bed,put at least 2500-preffeably more,and try to get it as far back on the body as you can,the lighter your front tires are,the better chance you have of not getting stuck on the edges of driveways and dips.Keep a shovel with you,so you can spread some salt/sand under the rear tires when you get stuck lightly,and a stretch strap for when you get stuck big time.If your careful you shouldnt get stuck,and if you do,a little sand should get you out.good luck,and dont miss out on the money
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  8. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 953

    I think you should be fine, I am in Southern Indiana and the snows here are probably equal to yours, about 2-3 inches each time and a little ice, are street crew uses a 3/4 ton older chevy(86)2wd with a salter and the guys say it does fine I am sure if we get hit with 8+ that might change but that looks unlikly. I am kinda with you we dont do snow yet but are looking into it...only commercial accounts no residential and no per push only seasonal contract next year should be a good year to sell this in do to the snows this year....I am thinking about buying us a older 4x4 for about 5k for our truck to ue for snow and mmaybe a gator.....kinda running numbers and its a toss up. Good luck....
     
  9. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    On spot chains won't hurt.

    Geoff
     
  10. cowboy

    cowboy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    city where I will be plowing uses a 70's Ford Dump truck and has chains on them. They seem to do pretty good.
     

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