Do you plow snow?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Landscraper1, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    I think all of us in the NE are going to have a long weekend :cry:
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Yup! I've been through this a number of times and it's a lot easier now that I have a V plow. They really shine for the big storms.

    I've been contemplating getting new tires on my truck all winter and at this point don't really have a choice. The all-season tires that are on it are fine for everything but plowing heavy wet snow. I've got a set of Artic Claws going on it at noon. This will be the first time I've gone for dedicated snow tires. I'm tired of being in the situation of either replacing my all-terrains before they're worn out or slipping and sliding. The Artic Claws are made by Cooper and are what my tire dealer has on all of his vehicles...that's a good enough endorsement for me.
  3. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Messages: 753

    Checking all Snow equipment today. Making sure all trucks and skid steers are fueled and leaving backup fuel containers with machines. It's going to be a long and stressful 2 days. Best of luck to everyone in the NE getting hit by this storm. We here are expected to get 24 inches with gusts close to 50 miles per hour.
  4. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    No, I don't.

    Messages: 188

    just put this on craigslist

    Do not call me Saturday expecting me to clear your driveway. It will take me about 12 hours to get to you, if not more. As a snow removal contractor I have responsibility to my customers who were smart enough to arrange for plowing in advance.

    If you expect me to drop everything I'm doing, to go plow 18" out of your driveway, I will think you're a 12 year old prank calling.

    You might not like what I'm saying. In that case you can call a hack to plow for beer money. He'll show up and plow your unmarked drive right into your garage. If he even has a truck.

    Good Luck.
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Thanks for the reminder. I should probably edit the ad I have there or delete it entirely.
  7. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    i stopped advertising for snow in 2012, then i was given another 5 accounts, but they can all be done a day later so its fine. I'm actually calling all my customers today and tomorrow and telling them if there is 2 feet and they don't want to pay for me to show up twice it will be a 100 dollar charge, if they don't like it then they can try and find someone else. if they do end up paying for me to show up twice it will be over over 100 anyways. either way, no reason I shouldn't make 3000-4000 from a storm this size if i don't i'm cheating myself out of money. quite a few customers called already and said to come twice, once friday night then saturday morning but route takes so long not sure how well that plan will work....I am however buying another truck tonight. no rust f350 351w new manifolds, new front end parts, new steering box, new tires, newer plow no rust, clean interior and clean body no dents for 2500 so i may try and register that tomorrow and use it for this storm and sell it for double because it's worth close to 5,000 all day long.
  8. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    With the predicted amounts that's still 8-12 inces per push. I used to plow my driveways every 6", anything more than that and you're beating you're truck for no reason.
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    you would only show up twice on 2 foot storm?

    I've never had a 2 foot storm so I can't really speak from experience but I know I make 2 visits on a 6-8 inch storm. I would think 3 visits at least on a 2 footer.

    I won't push more than 4 inches of snow at a time if I don't have to. now maybe I would have to with a 2 footer because maybe I couldn't make it around to clients like that. I don't know that's why I'm kind of asking. would have thought more than 2 visits.
  10. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 928

    I plow mainly customers i mow for though don't go after lots of additional accounts. I send two guys out with snowblowers to do my walks and at 6 o'clock they head of to residentials. Have another two on standby started doing this after the big storm we got here just before xmas. THey come in at 6 and finish up any walks that need done and then go relieve the guys do my residentials. Cant keep shovelers out for as many hours as we can sit in trucks it seems. But good luck to you guys this weekend be safe and stay smart throughout the weekend.

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