Top speed for plowing snow

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  1. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering how fast you guys go while plowing.
    I do the roads for a small trailer park(100 trailers)
    and i cruse down them at about 15-20 mph and i was wondering if that was too fast? I have seen people plow axcess roads at 35+ mph :eek:, what do you guys feel is a safe speed? :cool:
     
  2. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan LawnSite Member
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    Here our DOT guys are supposed to plow at 70 Km/hr (42MPH)
    on the highways MAX. You really have to judge your speed on private lots, or drives. More important how fast can you back up doing most lots.
     
  3. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    We top out around 25 MPH. 25 MPH is our max.

    Geoff
     
  4. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan LawnSite Member
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    Geoff is that backing up, the new spedo's read in reverse,
    I'm usually around 24 mph on my big lot backing up. Forward around 20.

    Bill
     
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    about 15-20 forward 15 revrse-any faster the snow blows all over the windsheild even with the snow foil
     
  6. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lots of variables in this one. I personally don't really look at the speedometer while plowing. My eyes are usually a little busy looking for the things I'm about to hit. I think depending on how well you know the pavement, you can plow at pretty much any speed you feel comfortable with. If the pavement is smooth, and you're in the middle of the lot with no curbs, you could move as fast as your equipment allows.

    -Tim
     
  7. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    We tell my guys never go over 15 in reverse. Two reasons,

    1 The trans doesn't like backing up fast.

    2. It is a lot easier to go out of controll backing up fast.

    Geoff
     
  8. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    The lot I do where I can get a good run going, also has a limo service at the complex so I need to watch out for the cars coming and going. Maybe 10mph tops.

    Look at it this way; if a dog or kid on a sled gets in the road can you stop going 25 mph?
     
  9. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
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    Hey,


    could i stop stop the truck from 15, yea...
    most likely,

    but i am thinking about joe-blow in his f-450 going like a bat out of hell like the guys in the dunkin doughnuts commercial thru the trailer park, he got fired.

    nobodys bitched at me yet about my speed but if they did i would slow down
     
  10. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    Time of day and surface conditions also play a part in our speed. At night we plow faster, however if surface conditions are ice covered we slow down.

    Geoff
     

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