1. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,952

    I am not a snow plower. But i was wondering. has anyone ever slide into anything. Like a car? A garage door? or has anyone ever hit you with a car? Also it seems that the season is starting later for the past 3 years. Is this true generally speaking?
     
  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 849

    I had a Jeep CJ 5 with a Western plow, that acted as a "planer board". I'd drop the plow, and spin sideways. In one driveway, I hit a fence, a chimney, and a house. All light hits, with no real damage, except the chian link fence. The plow got caught on it, and I mangled it getting it off. Other than that, I never slid into anything, or hit anything while plowing. Oh, and after I hit all that in the one driveway, I never plowed with that CJ again, but sold it ASAP.

    ~Chuck
     
  3. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    We usually get hit once a season,we usually hit someone once a season.On top of that we have "been hit" by dumpsters,parked car, those little poles at banks in the drive throughs,concrete light pole bases as well as the light poles themselves.With light poles you really have to watch your back cause they will attack when your backing up and move across the lot and get you from behind. Also snow drifts can reach up if you get to close and punch in the doors of your trucks.Thank goodness none of these accidents are mine or any of my drivers fault.
     
  4. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,952

    I have mangled a few fences myself Chuck. That was funny Diggerman
     
  5. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    I had another contractor ram the side of one of my trucks with a GMC 3500, and a fisher v plow in the v setting. He missed the red light and kept on going. Needless to say the truck spent 6 weeks in a body shop, and had a lot of work done in the cab area.

    However we have yet to hit anyone with any of our trucks, in the entire history of the company. I had an istance which i belive was BS last winter involving a rock and a windstar headlight.

    We reloacted a dumpster free of charge last winter. Always move a few shoping carts and trash cans. In 98 we had an ice storm, we plowed one driveway that had tons of branches in it. Oh yea private roads are good for a few mailboxes a season, and once in a while a fence.

    Geoff

    [Edited by GeoffDiamond on 10-21-2000 at 09:23 PM]
     
  6. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073

    hello,

    usually the only threat I have is other plow trucks.

    When running down the runway at 40 mph, sometimes the plowers ahead spin out at the end of the pass and cause 'evasive' maneuvers.


    Its amazing how a walter snow fighter with a 20 ft, 6000lb plow on the front and a 8000 lb block of concrete in the back skates across asphault. Once it goes, there ain't no stopping it.

    Luckily, besides our other trucks, there is not a whole of a lot to hit out on the airfield. Well, besides planes.....but we try to keep away from them.

    One of the worst situations, is after the first pass down the runway, all the trucks have to turn around, line up, and wait for the last truck to start a second pass. This is wear the majority of slippage occurs. With the walter, you hit the air brakes at even 2 mph, and you will slide infinitely across the asphault. Easy to end up off the edge of the asphault just trying to turn aroud and get into position again. Jake brake is great, but doesn't work at those slow speeds.


    steveair

    [Edited by steveair on 10-21-2000 at 11:54 PM]
     
  7. UNISCAPE

    UNISCAPE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    2 - GARAGE DOORS
    1 - CORVETTE
    1 - BRICK SIDING
    3 - TREES
    CURBS,MANHOLES,FENCES, ETC........OH YEA.....ONE BOULDER GOT HUNG UP UNDER THE DRIVERS DOOR ONCE TOO.
     
  8. UNISCAPE

    UNISCAPE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    ALSO ONE MORE THING.....I SLID OFF A PRIVATE BRIDGE ABOVE A RIVER IN THE BLIZZARD OF 1996 IN A FORD MASON DUMP AND A FULL LOAD OF SALT IN THE REAR....
    ONLY LOST THE FRONT HALF OF THE AXEL OVER THE EDGE......
    FUN FUN FUN
     
  9. Highpoint

    Highpoint LawnSite Member
    Posts: 153

    1" of ice on the roads, I am out in my 8 month old 97 Dodge Quad cab spreading salt and sand. I was in the vicinity of a friends house. I thought I would "do him a favor" (for free) and drop some traction on his 400 ft long drive. I had been driving all over town doing my thing with now problem getting around on the icy roads so I was feeling cocky. This is NOT a good way to be! 2 blocks from his house, I came around a sloping corner going to fast and slid into a parked car. Trashed my pretty truck from bumper to bumper on the passenger side. Had to much to do, the truck was driveable, I left a note and finished out my day. Moral of the story. Don't ever let the conditions get the upper hand! Always be aware of conditons and surroundings. Cocky cost me a $500.00 deductible and a messed up truck for the remainder of the winter. Truck was never the same after being fixed, air leaks, bad paint, etc.
     
  10. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    Steve useing a jake break in snow?

    Ah i always thought that was a big no no. The reason is the jake can lock up the rear end, and then you go spinning.

    Geoff
     

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