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  • Ready for the snow?

    Ready for that first snow? We are here but would like some more time to do fall clean up's.
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    That looks like some serious equipment! How are the different tractors utilized for snow removal. What does one do that the other doesn't? Is one better to use in snow than the other?
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    • #3
      That looks like some serious equipment! How are the different tractors utilized for snow removal. What does one do that the other doesn't? Is one better to use in snow than the other?
      The two tractors are use very differently, The bigger tractor is used for parking lots. and the 2305 is used for side walks and drive-ways. We have guys with shovels that go with the 2305. My town is fairly small so driving the bigger tractor from parking-lot to lot is not that big of a deal. I like to use the tractor because I can stack the snow higher than guys with pick up. also if we need to move a pile i can put the bucket back on and haul the snow away with the dump trailer.

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      • #4
        Do you need to use chains on the tires for traction or does it move around well enough without them?
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        • #5
          aaaahhhh that's cute a Mama and her Fawn .

          Nice looking setup.
          hope you post some picture with then in action later.

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          • #6
            Do you need to use chains on the tires for traction or does it move around well enough without them?
            No chains the turf tires work well, we have chains but have yet need them.

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            • #7
              aaaahhhh that's cute a Mama and her Fawn .

              Nice looking setup.
              hope you post some picture with then in action later.
              LOL thanks man we will

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              • #8
                thought I was ready but apparently the plow truck thought better .
                Night before the snow no wipers so traced it to the wiper motor 30 mile drive to town to get parts and have wipers again.

                Then yesterday snow is falling as I head the 30 miles into town to get some of that fun money that comes when it snows,stop for coffee and the truck would not start back up .
                One jump start later and back at the house I pull the alternator off and head 30 miles back to the part store again to get a new one.

                So yes I was ready and no the truck was not ready.

                lesson learned here?

                Do not leave your plow truck sit all year,drive it some times just to check for things going wrong.
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                • #9
                  Ready for that first snow? We are here but would like some more time to do fall clean up's.
                  Not to be an ars. But I have several accounts that I just mow. The snow removal people tear up the edges of the sidewalks and drives. Not a pretty site in the spring. I know I'm just a small fry using a walk behind blower, but I never tear 4 foot x8 inch plus gashes in the turf.

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                  • #10
                    Not to be an ars. But I have several accounts that I just mow. The snow removal people tear up the edges of the sidewalks and drives. Not a pretty site in the spring. I know I'm just a small fry using a walk behind blower, but I never tear 4 foot x8 inch plus gashes in the turf.
                    Sound to me like these guys have taken on more than they can handle and are going to fast,

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                    • #11
                      Not to be an ars. But I have several accounts that I just mow. The snow removal people tear up the edges of the sidewalks and drives. Not a pretty site in the spring. I know I'm just a small fry using a walk behind blower, but I never tear 4 foot x8 inch plus gashes in the turf.
                      I mark my drives with stakes and ALWAYS repair any damage in the spring,gonna catch a bit of turf every now and then but those who are serious about plowing will repair there mistakes when spring arrives
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                      • #12
                        I mark my drives with stakes
                        When do you normally go out to do this? Do you try and get it done a certain amount of time before when the average snow storms start?
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                        • #13
                          When do you normally go out to do this? Do you try and get it done a certain amount of time before when the average snow storms start?
                          I mark them in the fall not normally this early but in November when I have signed contracts in hand.
                          The stakes stay up all winter long,just have to explain to the customer what there purpose is and how it helps save the edge of there lawn from the plow blade.
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                          • #14
                            when I have signed contracts in hand.
                            Do you try and get your lawn care customers to agree to snow removal too in your contracts or no?

                            Also, do you recommend in the contracts charging a per storm fee or a monthly fee based on an estimated amount of storms?
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                            • #15
                              some good tips with this thread, With all that we plow and with the staff that I have we only flag the ares where we pile the snow. The woman that i have running the 2305 mows for us in the summer. And for the most part,plows the side walks and drives of our mowing clients. so she has a good grasp of where she can and cant plow with the tractor. I have her leave a small strip along drive ways and in front of garage doors, then the shovel crew will clean up what she leaves. Thats not to say that we don't have an oops that we will have to fix in the spring.
                              we wont take on a home-owner for snow if we don't mow there lawn. Its a $ thing we can make more money plowing a parking lot. so it only make $ and cents to only plow for home owners if we work for them through out the year.
                              In the market that I am in we charge per push, people here don't like to pay for snow removal when it doesn't snow. It makes it tuff to plan for winter.

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