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2nd plow setup or not?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by appellstriping, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. appellstriping

    appellstriping Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Im new to the snow removal business but not parking lot maintenance. I just bought a DODGE 01 2500 with I think a 7.5 Western. I have 5 small parking lots setup for the upcoming season. Was wondering if its a smart idea to put a small plow on my ford explorer??? Just in case of a breakdown with the Dodge. And do you guys also think 5 Small parking lots is to ambitious or I should get a few more? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Nothing wrong with a backup truck,people are counting on you to be there.
     
  3. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Back up trucks arent a bad thing. If you dont want to drop the $$$ on a 2nd setup work a deal out with someone who can help you out if you break down. The downside to that is depending on someone else to do your work and yea....thats been a disaster in the past. Nothing wrong with expanding your workload but never take on more than you can handle.
     
  4. Andy96XLT

    Andy96XLT Senior Member
    Messages: 323

    i have an older ford explorer as a backup plow truck. I only have a small snowsport plow on the truck but its still insurance. I plowed a real tough year here in NJ with my explorer and it actually did very well. This is a 1996 explorer v6 that had 160,000 miles at the time
     
  5. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    When I was starting out, I tried to keep each trucks schedule to around 6 hours of plowing in case of breakdowns. That way, people wouldn't be too mad if you are a little late. But now that I have a lot more vehicles out plowing, I take on at least 8 hours per truck and then some. I use 4" storms as my guidlines for time, seeing as we get a lot of those.