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Asking the experts

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Kaptinklink, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. Kaptinklink

    Kaptinklink Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Good evening fellas, hopefully some of you can answer a few questions for me. I have been plowing for a couple of years now, all residential properties, for realtors and my summer lawn mowing clients. Last winter was handling around 50 properties. This year I was approached to handle a large high end community. Money is right, less travel, but I'm worried about what equipment I don't have that I need.

    I currently run:
    dodge 1500 with a 8 ft fisher
    dodge 2500 with a XV2 V plow
    2 husqvarna snow blowers
    1 2000 fisher tailgate salter
    2 saltdogg walk behind salters

    Now, my issue is that this property requires no metal on the driveways and only calcium chloride on driveways and sidewalks.

    Is there a good poly cutting edge I can use to backdrag with 1500, then move to area with 2500?

    Should I invest in a pull plow? Problem with that is what the heck do I salt with?

    Have been looking in to Ventracs for sidewalk clearing, power broom, blower, etc.....

    Really didn't want to go with Kobota or other compact tractor due to fact I can use Ventrac in summer months

    I'll take all suggestions since this is my 1st commercial account.

    Thanks
     
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,061

    Why not put a pull plow on one truck and salter on the other? I'm sure can find a good poly edge, but I can't personally recommend one. I'm sure someone else will chime in with other/more helpful answers. Good luck!
     
  3. Kaptinklink

    Kaptinklink Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    yeah that's kinda what I thought, or have been looking in to, a pull plow on the 1500, then move the snow with the 2500, problem I thought that I would run in to is I would also need to be clearing the main drive in the development and I would have to constantly switch over the rock salt to calcium.
     
  4. PALS Landscapin

    PALS Landscapin Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Should be using calcium anyway on that.And why not get a pull plow.
     
  5. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

  6. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    They make pull plows that are compatible to use with a spreader on.
     
  7. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    We have a rubber edge on one plow. One season so far and no issues
     
  8. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Wiffy - how thick is your rubber edge? We need to at least put a poly edge on one blade for stamped driveways......
     
  9. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,178

  10. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Little over an inch. You flip a steel edge upside down and run the bolts through it to keep the rubber one on.

    We use it for a lot that has a stupid amount of manhole covers. Boss man got tired of his tripping and snapping blade bolts. It scraps fine as long as you're salting after
     
  11. bliz&hinikerDLR

    bliz&hinikerDLR Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    Could always go with a Hiniker C-plow for the driveways. That is what it is made for.
     
  12. Kaptinklink

    Kaptinklink Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Great stuff fellas, didn't want to add another plow was wondering how the poly vrs rubber holds up
     
  13. Kaptinklink

    Kaptinklink Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Also, is anyone using a ventrac, grasshopper, or walker for sidewalks
    If so, opinions .........
     
  14. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    We use 3 different Walker machines with both the plows and blowers. They are awesome. We also just puchased a Ventrac. Cannot wait to use that!
    Positives of Walkers
    -Maneuverability
    -Cost (Compared to Ventrac)
    -Reliable
    -Easy to get parts
    -Can use the 36" model for very narrow walks
    Cons:
    -Can only plow up to 4"
    -Cannot put a salter on the back like the Ventrac
    -Switching attachments is more difficult then the Ventrac
    -Plow needs to be manually angled
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014
  15. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    We use 3 different Walker machines with both the plows and blowers. They are awesome. We also just puchased a Ventrac. Cannot wait to use that!
    Positives of Walkers
    -Maneuverability
    -Cost (Compared to Ventrac)
    -Reliable
    -Easy to get parts
    -Can use the 36" model for very narrow walks
    Cons:
    -Can only plow up to 4"
    -Cannot put a salter on the back like the Ventrac
    -Switching attachments is more difficult then the Ventrac
    -Plow needs to be manually angled
     
  16. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Sorry for the double post. Cannot delete one of them.
     
  17. Kaptinklink

    Kaptinklink Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thanks Brian, just ordered a ventrac, pricey but believe it will be a very useful tool to have all year round
     
  18. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Let me know how you like it. What model did you get?
     
  19. Kaptinklink

    Kaptinklink Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Picked up the 3400 gas model with power broom, just need some snow