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Brand new parking deck issue

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ImpressPlowing, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. ImpressPlowing

    ImpressPlowing Member
    from NYC
    Messages: 58

    Hey guys i have a account that is a 3 level 800 square feetmulti tier parking deck, we currently use rubber blades. The owner is starting a 6.5 million dollar renovation of the decks and said he doesnt want any blades at all on the deck. Anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking constant spraying of liquid de-icer and mini payloaders or skid-steers with brooms, any suggestions?
     
  2. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    Is it a good enough property/ pay enough to justify a $60K + investment just for that property?
     
  3. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    If the ROI is beneficial, brooms and deicer are the way to go. Thats a kinda small deck though, unless you did not put in the right amount of 0's
     
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,517

    I would shovel the 800 square feet
     
  5. ImpressPlowing

    ImpressPlowing Member
    from NYC
    Messages: 58

    I can certainly justify $60,000 in equipment and yes I forgot 3 0's lol it's a 800,000 sqf deck
     
  6. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I would go with a rubber tire skid steer and a broom, as well as deicer.
     
  7. ImpressPlowing

    ImpressPlowing Member
    from NYC
    Messages: 58

    It was 800,000 not 800 my mistake lol
     
  8. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Hire 1,000 shovelers. Problem solved. :laughing:
     
  9. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    What is your haul requirements? That's gonna take up some valuable parking spots if ya don't haul it off obviously.
     
  10. ImpressPlowing

    ImpressPlowing Member
    from NYC
    Messages: 58

    Storage is no issue plenty of room to keep all equipment
     
  11. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    SNOW storage.

    You can't stack it all in one corner unless it is engineered to hold a crapload of weight in one spot.

    I know NYC doesn't always receive a lot of snow, but you can get some big dumps. How do you propose moving 8"+ of snow?

    Brooms won't cut it.

    Tell him he's nuts. Rubber\urethane\UHMW will be no problem on a deck.
     
  12. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Install wheels on the plow where gravel shoes normally go.
     
  13. scottydosnntkno

    scottydosnntkno Member
    Messages: 87

    tell hiim hes crazy.

    whats going to hurt the deck more.

    rubber blade being worn away by the deck?

    or a spinning steel brush constantly wearing away microscopic pieces of concrete?
     
  14. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134


    Constant spraying could cause more damage than rubber or poly edges may.
     
  15. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    There's that too. Thumbs Up
     
  16. ImpressPlowing

    ImpressPlowing Member
    from NYC
    Messages: 58

    In regards to the blades he is worried about expansion joints more than the decking, oh and unfortunately I cant tell him he's nuts or crazy
     
  17. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Yeah..i wouldn't tell my customers that either.:eek:
     
  18. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    As long as the customer is paying and happy, I would do whatever they want. End of the day, they are paying for your equipment.
     
  19. ImpressPlowing

    ImpressPlowing Member
    from NYC
    Messages: 58

    Exactly he will pay whatever to not use blades
     
  20. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,489

    This all just seems unrealistic. I just don't see how you can not use some type of blade. Sometimes these guys with all the money loose touch with reality. Maybe sit down and explore some options with him. If he chooses the method based on your advise, maybe you can both win.