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Faster way to clear sidewalks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Joel B., Sep 12, 2005.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 233

    I currently use a 26" snowblower which works ok but I'm looking for a faster system. Here are some options I was thinking about:

    Lawn tractor with single stage snowblower

    Lawn tractor with two-stage snowblower

    Lawn tractor with plow

    ATV with plow

    Bigger snowblower

    The options with a plow would be faster but I don't think they could dig out the foot (or more) of snow the city plow dumps on the walks.

    Oh, it also has to fit in the back of a full size short box pick-up.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Joel B.
     
  2. killed300ex

    killed300ex Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    Bigger snowblower


    Oh, it also has to fit in the back of a full size short box pick-up.


    sounds like thats your only option i highly doupt that any of the other options will fit into the bed of a short box full size. I remember my old sport quad barly fit into my truck (1500 chevy short box) with the tailgate up had maybe a foot in the back. I think once you add a plow to a quad or tractor it will be to long and the plow might be to wide to fit into a bed over the wheel well.
    Just my opinion, but before you go and buy something i would bust out a trusty tape measure and take some measurements.
     
  3. Mowerpan

    Mowerpan Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    If you get a tractor with a blower definetly get the 2 stage. We have a john deere 316 with single stage and if there snot enough snow it barely throws it and if its too hevay or high it will clog up all the time. But I think a tractor with a blower and a cab( without a cab will suck big time) would work good.
     
  4. Kramer

    Kramer Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    for really light snow, I was wondering if you could use a backpack blower--like in lawncare. It wouldn't work for heavy stuff but for most storms it might be an option.
     
  5. Scottish Lscape

    Scottish Lscape Member
    Messages: 52

    Each truck travels with a snowblower and power broom.
    ATV w/plow is used @ 2 condo's
     
  6. PLM-1

    PLM-1 Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    A front mount Grasshopper Mower with a V or straight blade!? They can really push some snow! :cool:
     
  7. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    small tractor with 2 stage blower
     
  8. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,904

    I hope in a few years ill have a 46" 2 stage on a garden tractor to accompany my 2 walk behind snowthrowers but thats in the future with an eclosed trailer.

    Id recommend www.simplicitymfg.com commercial built snowthrowers, their models have the frame and handles all in one welded piece. They get great traction. eat through ice and snow and can get pretty large, not like large like home depot crap ones.

    They make them upto 38" but id say something like what i have moves pretty fast. the 2006 13hp/32" fits in the full size pickup easily with a taller cap even and will eat up snow with ease. The Briggs intek snow engine is quiet and fuel efficient too. I go basically a whole day 9ish hours on and off with about 2 tank fillups, so 2gallons give or take. Theyre around $2k or a little more
     
  9. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    WE use back pack blowers when its a dry light snow. We also have a ATV w/ plow this works good in most places, then snow blowers work in tigher places. If your doing wide side walks, I just run down them w/ the truck plow.
     
  10. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    Just curious, what are power brooms? Are power brooms the attachment that you put onto your trimmer, or are they something completely different. Thanks.
     
  11. Scottish Lscape

    Scottish Lscape Member
    Messages: 52

    Yes, That is what they are, right on the trimmers. Works great in snow up to 6" wet, 8" dry.
     
  12. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,302

    We use atvs with plows. They are faster than the tractors.
     
  13. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    go for the atvs they work awesome.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :drinkup:
     
  14. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    ATV's with 60" plows are very effective until the snow gets about 6" deep, then they become time eaters. We have run up to 4 ATV's each time it snows for the last 8 years. They are actoully faster than a pickup on some small lots even. Thats how I started out and now I'm the only one left on our home town.