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anyone use one of these?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ajslands, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    does anyone use one of theese maybe for a runnway or road? [​IMG]
     
  2. chevyman51

    chevyman51 Senior Member
    Messages: 537

    its a tow plow there is like three threads on here about them they are pretty cool
     
  3. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    Only on the larger residential drives...........:D
     
  4. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    :laughing::laughing::eek:
     
  5. 2005_Sierra

    2005_Sierra Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    HOLY BIG PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    next time can you resize them please?
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    i know what it is, i just dont know how it works??
     
  7. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    I only use mine on the drive thru at the bank, it really lets me pick up some extra cash when I do the ATM lanes.:laughing:payuppayuppayup
     
  8. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    It's very simple, really, and just a matter of extensive hydraulics. You need at least four auxiliary circuits to operate it, maybe five (if the blade does more than up/down only).
    --crab steering right/center (assuming it goes right only & single action/spring return))
    --blade up/down
    --spreader feed/spinner

    It is a neat idea, and very productive. But, it takes the risks of wing plow operators to a whole new (and expensive if they screw up) level.

    I would love to see that here--it would be the cause of multi-car pileups and IDOT grievances for years. "It's too productive, we need more money." (BS, they're actually earning their money now...LOL)

    :D
     
  9. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    I'd also like to point out they should be cited for not using their tarps.

    :laughing:
     
  10. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Its just a matter of time before we see them around here. I am kind of surprised we haven't seen one yet around here. The sad part is that as soon as the DOT gets one you know some large landscape company will find one and then there will be some bottom dollar operator behind it, then look out.

    Can you imagine looking in your rear view mirror and from behind you you see the trailer from behind the DOT truck come careening around the back end and going sideways down the road. People would definitely be filling their pants until they got used to them. It would look like the DOT had lost control. Even if you saw it right in front of you, you would think something was wrong.
     
  11. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

  12. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    OK dumb question. Can it spread salt as its plowing? Or does it need to keep the weight to plow correctly?
     
  13. Schuley

    Schuley Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    I read an article that wisconsin is "testing" some of these up in northern wisconsin. $100,000 for one! Now maybe someone with more knowledge on this than me can answer this.....how is that any better than the trucks with wings on both sides? 1 county over from me they do the 4 lane roads with quad axles with the usual plow out front, then they have a big wing on the driver and pass. sides, I'd think that would be cheaper then a tow plow....
     
  14. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    Well I was kind of thinking the same thing? Our Illinois DOT has spent big $$$ on all the liquid setups, but I guess they didn't need to use them this year? I wonder if they will have a big garage sale for them this spring. States have no problems spending big bucks, it isn't their money they are spending. TIME FOR A CHANGE IN POLICY.
     
  15. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Much agreed. I was thinking the same thing with the quads and a wing on each side. Also if you have watched any of the videos you'll notice there is an escort behind these things. I have personally been behind a quad with both wings down and no escort so there is more money saved. The government doesn't care how much things cost, they just spend it, say they ran over budget, and tax us more.
     
  16. Westhardt Corp.

    Westhardt Corp. Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    FWIW, the article on the Tow Plow stated it carried a $60K price tag, versus $250K for a turn key plow truck. All I wanna know is where the f@&k are you spending $250K on a plow truck?!

    Your tax dollars hard at work.

    AND IT ANYONE EVER GOING TO RE-SIZE THE OP'S PICTURE?? (it's cool to have five mile long sentence and all, but hard to read...)
     
  17. Kubota 8540

    Kubota 8540 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,952

    Well I bought an old county single axle years ago that had a 3208 cat non turbo and the county maintenance records shows they paid over $7,000 to overhaul it.? So spending 250k on a plow truck ? probably.
     
  18. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Thats well and fine, but you still need that turn key plow truck to pull that thing, I think putting a plow on the front and a wing on both sides is less that 60k, they already have the trucks anyways, now if it were 1000 bucks and a wing was 2,000 (just numbers) then the argument would be valid. Their not comparing apples to apples. You gotta have the truck anyways to pull the trailer, mind as well put the plows on the damn truck, its cheaper and safer.
     
  19. tony_n_MN

    tony_n_MN Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    i work for a university as a student helper, have for about 4 years now and honestly i wouldn't be surprised if they did buy this just because it costs more. we had a buildings maintenance guy two years ago who lost his hammer, so the supervisor told him to order a new one. that fantastic hammer of his better make smoothies too cause it cost the state 200 bucks, i was pissed when i found out how he was wasting not only the tax payers money, but then i finally realized why it is so expensive to go to college. needless to say when i asked the supervisor about it the worker ended up getting a 20 dollar hammer from home depot :)