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Driveway Rig?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jbell36, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    out of these options, what would you choose for most efficient driveway rig...

    1.) skid w/ large bucket
    2.) skid w/ Kage
    3.) truck with hiniker C plow
    4.) truck with Pull Plow
    5.) tractor with back blade and/or bucket

    our main goal with this rig would be HOA driveways, and getting to and from multiple HOA's in a timely manner...

    we have 4 plow trucks, possible a 5th this year and looking to figure out the quickest way to do driveways
  2. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    oh...and a big tractor with a blower is not an option
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    out of the options you gave - #2 (2spd skid I assume?)
  4. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    yes, that's an important option that was left out...2 speed for sure
  5. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    I would go with the skid/kage combo out of the choices you have given. Don't try using a bucket to clear snow from a driveway. You'll end up causing too much damage and possibly losing customers. Also I think a truck is a bad idea only because the transmission won't get adequate cooling and you'll be out not only the repair $ but also the money you could have made. Out of curiosity, why no tractor with a blower?
  6. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    we do have a tractor...but, it's a john deere HST 4400 with a 430 loader on it...if i remember correctly it's only 28 HP...we put a erskine blower on it last year and it was a disaster...given, it was a wet snow but it was just way too slow and didn't throw snow worth a ****...maybe i'm not educated enough with what my options are for the tractor that i do have...it was connected via rear PTO, backing up to clear snow, not inverted

    to be honest, when we bought it i felt like we had finally found a great driveway machine, but i was wrong...maybe it was the blower...if i can make a blower work with the tractor that i have then i would be all for it, but it seems like i have too small of a tractor and we wouldn't use a tractor enough to justify buying a bigger one
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
  7. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    now you've got me thinking tractor with a blower...

    is this the best set up, hands down? what would i need to accomplish this? does my tractor even have a chance?
  8. R75419

    R75419 Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    With the hydro trans you should be able to rig up a 8' wide rear blade with a rubber cutting edge to pull the snow to the street where the truck that pulls the tractor job to job can stack it after the driver is done with the sidewalks. When it gets real deep the loader will work to push the piles back with minimal damage if you have a good operator. A friend of mine does a few condo assoc. this way and seems to be very efficient.
  9. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    this is exactly what we do...the blade just ended up being much faster than a blower (for this tractor) even though we had to have a truck come through every so often...we might just stick with this setup...is there a rear blade with a full trip or trip edge?

    does this mean my tractor won't handle a blower?
  10. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    The problem with your tractor IMO is its to small to be efficient. We run a JD 5101 with a sHoule blower incredibly efficient combo.....if you can find guys to run it (that's been our issue is lack of operators).