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blowing a little snow 31jan10 Durango Colorado

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by rich414, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

  2. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

  3. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    heated, and enclosed, keep a bottle of windex with 50% rubbing alcohol to remove the ice on the windshield wipers, sometimes the door lock freezes up, but it gets the job done, just not quickly, just in January i have 84hrs blowing/plowing on this 4 mile road
  4. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Well at least you are warm in your cab during your laborious task of blowing the road. Is the road your own private road or is it a commercial service your are providing? I find 84hrs to be staggering, that is a real investment in time doing that job. Are you getting a lot snow right now?
  5. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    this is a private subdividion road. I stupidly said that I would plow the road, last snow season, I plowed for a total of 32hrs, there are 2 other residences that I plow, one is full time the other is a vacation home, and is from Houston..He is driving me nuts, with his telling me how he wants his road plowed. "down to the road base or find someone else" Just in January we have has 5-6feet of snow, and one evening the wind blew like crazy and drifter the snow and fill the road back up....There is a chance of snow in the 7 day forecast....gotta go dig into the houston vacation home..
  6. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    I can see how that job is not your favorite place to be now. Well perhaps you'll have to raise your rates...
  7. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

    Rich, you guys are getting the perfect part of just about every storm, there in the SW corner. Good for you. Nice work.
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    Seems like a snow bucket would cut that time in half. I don't know how good you are with the Bobcat but the blower is slow. The blower gets the snow farther off the road though. Try hitting the heavy stuff with the snow bucket and then clean-up with the blower? Then you could move faster with the blower. One more thought would be a v-plow for the first pass through the middle of the road. That's a sweet blower BTW.
  9. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,317

    Great spot. went to Fort Lewis for a couple years there. Tell me... Is Gazpachos still at the end of the main drag downtown? Loved their sopapillas.(sp?)
  10. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    1983 Fort Lewis graduate here. Attended 1978-1983..
  11. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    agree witht he snow bucket, but the road is 4 miles long times 2 for both sides, that is ALOT of twisting and turning, waer on the chains and your, mind and body...blowing, you still need to focus ont he road, but not as much, we have a v plow and a dozer blade..blowing only takes place when there is NO place to plow the snow to.

    The blower is awesome, and works great but slow, It better than a shovel!
  12. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    yes it still there tuesday night $1.00 taco and beer!!!
  13. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    move back here and you can have MY job plowing our subdivision road! I love it here!!
  14. Greenery

    Greenery 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,379

    Is that a high flow blower?
  15. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    YES the blowe is High FLow

    the machine produces 37gpm and 3300psi so it states, have not hooked up a flow meter for an actual reading

    Dont have the blower specs infront of me for the EXACT motor flow ratings....
  16. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 814

    Why is it a bad job? Are you not paid by the hour? I can see going so slow driving me nuts but not the fact you have work and a lot of it. Try a loader with a blade...more productive IMO.....of course not everyone has one...
  17. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    4 mile road, 2500ft elevation change, a neighor that bitches about everything. and I always forget to my bottle of whisky with me. Its been a long January. Yes I get paid by the hour at $100/hr, Going slow sucks! I know 2 different subdivisions where backhoe's with blades have rolled, they caught an edge and over. The same thing could happen with the loader, and it will roll harder...I am thing a DOT blower....
  18. ConnorExum

    ConnorExum Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    So is that uniform over the distance or is it all in one spot that elevation change? Because isn't that almost a 12% grade change if it is uniform over the 4 miles?
  19. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    some is flat some is more than 12% and there are a few places where there is a shear drop off, there are approx 15 hair-pin corners, basically this road is a pain, speed to plow is not really an option.....
  20. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    road work

    The video you posted is very informative with the snow depth etc.

    The Beilhack large snow blower would be a good option for you with the power and speed to do the job using a very large farm tractor rather than a grader with a Costan snow blower up front on the grader.

    The HS 240 Z would handle the snow quickly using a high horse power tractor as the snow caster has twin fans that dig an blow the snow in one revolution and throw it quite a ways away with the directional spout.

    One of the newer tractors with the larger horse power with the front mount three point hitch and the operator being able to look over the front of the tractor would be something to consider.

    You could save the Bobcat for the smaller areas with no issues

    You would not need a unimog with a secondary engine either.

    leasing/renting a large tractor for the winter season and buying the

    HS 240 Z snow blower would save capital.