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Best HOA set up

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Guch710, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Guch710

    Guch710 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Hi guys, I'm new to plow site. Been a member over on lawnsite for some time and just finally made it over here. A little background about my business... We are a full service landscape/hardscape installation company. We also provide maintenance to HOAs and small commercial businesses.

    Until this past year we haven't done too much plowing (not that 15/16 season had a lot of snow but in terms of accounts). We've mainly plowed small commercials under 1.5 acre. And we have subbed out the plowing at our HOAs. I am looking to do the snow at the HOAs next season because quite frankly the guy we have used is getting complacent and the customer service towards the association has gone down hill and is now causing me more stress than it's worth in dealing with a sub.

    What is the best set up for an HOA complex? One complex has 60 drives the other has 85. I have skidsteers and compact tractors so my thought was dedicating one machine per site. I was thinking of equipping the compact tractor with a back blade and a front plow. Essentially back up the drive, pull away from the door and then place/stack with the front plow. We would then need to go around the a truck and salt. Does anyone have any suggestions on a more efficient way of going about this? Really don't want to backdrag all the driveways with a truck. Looking forward to other suggestions

    Thanks for the help and sorry for the long post
     
  2. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    My tractor has a 8.5' wide back box and a DXT on the front and kills it. Fast as can be.
     
  3. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    What are the driveways like? Length? Width? As someone who USED to plow driveways, i am going to suggest a tractor with an inverted blower.
     
  4. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    I'd have some sort of setup with a plow and another with a blower if possible. I am not much into anything more than pickup truck plowing but if you plowed the road with a truck and then took care of all the drivers with your tractor and a blower that could be a good setup.
     
  5. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    We don't even know what state the guy is in or the size of drive ways but we are all ready telling him to drink the blower kool aid.

    Just say no to blowers.
     
  6. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    tractors with cabs and heat, plow on front, blower on back...helps to keep piles manageable
     
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

    Yup, all those guys in Quebec that are doing thousands upon thousands of driveways are all morons.

    :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:

    I've been plowing for 30 years, there is no faster way of doing drives than with a tractor\blower combo. Whether there's 2" or 10".
     
  8. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,597

    Not to mention its a HOA and there is nothing cleaner looking then a driveway done with a blower. No sod tore up, sprinkler heads hit and so on.
     
  9. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,990

    Isn't Michican part of Canada?
     
  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    Yes, but not the French part of Kannada. Thumbs Up:drinkup::laughing:
     
  11. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,164

    ...So like the whale eating desolate part.???
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    Is there any other part other than that and the French part?
     
  13. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,597

    I thought Canada was part of Michigan, you know like the U.P.
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    Lmao.......
     
  15. Freshwater

    Freshwater Senior Member
    Messages: 893


    Even as somebody who has all trucks. Just watching videos, tractors/blowers are the clear winner. My reasons for not having one, funds, not enough work for one. If given the choice it would be a no brainer, EH!
     
  16. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    I have the funds and the work. I bought one, used it and sold it because it wasn't fast enough. Box and blade are faster.

    If we regularly got snow storms over 12" I would consider it to aviod massive piles.
     
  17. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    To each his own....

    But i wonder how many guys have made the switch to tractor/blowers and feel that the plow is still faster on residential, HOA and condo drives?

    @newhere.... did you sell the blower yet? It wasn't a 92-280 Normand, was it?
     
  18. Guch710

    Guch710 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    The driveways are roughly 16'W by 30'L. Now there are a few longer ones but not any shorter. My concern with the snow blower is where do I put the snow? These units are very tight, some only have 3' between driveways.

    The residential road in front of the units is actually maintained by the township but I guess my plan would be to clear the drives onto the street then tidy up the street and stack the snow where possible
     
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,857

    Where are you going to put it if you use a plow?
     
  20. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    Couldn't you put the snow on the front lawn of each house? One house you blow to the right and the adjacent house you blow to the left.