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Anyone ever have this problem?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Doom & Gloom, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Doom & Gloom

    Doom & Gloom Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    First time in ten years I have had this question asked to me. "What are the brown lines in my driveway and can you not put them there and will they come off?" I said it is rust from the steel residue from the plow and I'm not sure it will come off. Am I right? She asked if I could use a rubber blade or just not plow to the concrete. I said I'm not used to these questions, but I will try to meet your requests. Is it still worth doing?:dizzy::confused:
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    say you can snowblow it for 4x the amount of the push...

    You'll be scraping that concrete with your chit again in no time.
     
  3. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    its not worth doing it
     
  4. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    u leave brown lines? my cutting egde is nice and shiney it rusts over the summer but first push all clean again
     
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Stop dragging your azz and use your blade,:D
     
  6. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    R O F L M A O !!!!! :dizzy: Sorry,,,that was funny
     
  7. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    take the feet off the plow......
     
  8. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Ya Ive seen that on concrete, it eventually will disappear.
     
  9. Lencodude

    Lencodude Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    If her driveway is all or part concrete it wil streak from the blade, I would use a blower and do her driveway last or not do her driveway at all. She will always be complaining!
     
  10. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    i had someone complain that i was scratching up her driveway, and asked if i could use a rubber edge. and then proceeded to tell me that i was using to big of a truck for her house.
     
  11. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    it's not rust off the plow, it's a small amount of metal left over from the plow rubbing on the abrasive concrete. the metal then rusts, and leaves a brown stain
     
  12. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    sounds like a pickey client....
     
  13. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Never heard that one?? Geez. All my blades leave rust spots on the shop floor in between events, but after one drop of the blade I would assume all rust to be gone? I would explain to her that is a complaint you've never heard, which you did, than also explain there is nothing you could do to prevent that. Its normal.

    Then shrug your shoulders, shake your head, roll your eyes and make some kind of a sighing sound. She what she does? JK
     
  14. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    you could take the feet off the plow, i know the feet cause that streak sometimes.

    but there is a way just lifting the plow 1/2" or so off the pavement. I used do that with gravel drives.
     
  15. metallihockey88

    metallihockey88 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    i do commerical stuff but do a few driveways in my neighborhood...i leave little marks on all the driveways from the plow but the only one that complains is my dad, so i asked him to grab his gas can so i can go fill it up for him so he can just use his snowblower from now on, last time i heard anything about the rust marks :D im sure if its that big of a deal you could drop by her house in the spring and a pressure washer should take the marks right off
     
  16. stonewellmark

    stonewellmark Member
    Messages: 41

    Tell her that her driveway is takin' all the brown color (rust or whatever it is) off your plow, but its OK you won't charge her for it. Besides its probably frozen dirt or gravel from an onsurfaced driveway or lot.
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  17. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    My plow does it but nobody says anything.
     
  18. wildbro 1

    wildbro 1 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    sounds like she's trying to hint she wants you to change your cutting edge or pay to clean her whole drive in the spring with power washing or do whatever she wants you to do id tell her shes crazy
     
  19. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    man, you all are gonna lose your clients with that attitude..

    she has a legitimate complaint, why are you all so quick to dismiss it?

    offer to provide her with a free powerwash in the spring, and explain how it's doing that as said above. Not worth swapping edges over, but i'd say it's worth explaining it to the customer so she at least understands and doesn't think your an azz hat.

    what happened to customer is always right, and every complaint is valid?..geesh...
     
  20. wildbro 1

    wildbro 1 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    i know man but usually there is always one person that just cant stop complaining if she was one of my good customers i would power wash it for free to keep her happy i dont know the circumstances of the woman