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Getting Gravel off lawns and side of road

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TerrForms, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. TerrForms

    TerrForms Member
    Messages: 78

    Have a 1/2 mile gravel road we plow and have a lot of gravel on the side of it. The people are upset. I have to get it cleaned off! Know of any way besides raking it off??? This is going to take forever at this rate. Power rotary broom? :cry:
     
  2. HitchC&L

    HitchC&L Member
    Messages: 57

    Yup, power broom.

    You really cant avoid it though, you are always going to get gravel on the lawn from plowing.
     
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    Power rotary will work the best...I also have a broomer that goes on a front mount mower for pulling it up steep inclines to the road. It's a popular service in our area.
     
  4. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,157

    Not always straight forward...[​IMG]
     
  5. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    We use a broom on a toolcat for those larger areas
     
  6. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Power broom on a skid works great. Have rented one for the last couple of springs and use it on my track machine. Works awesome. It has the power to broom a huge pile of stone but at the same time its delicate on the grass.
     
  7. 2ExploreSnow

    2ExploreSnow Member
    Messages: 64

    What they said... get a rental

    Another option -- If you already have a decent size trimmer, they make a couple of different broom attachments for them. One being a bristle brush and the other a rubber paddle. I'm told the paddle one is effective for cleaning gravel off sod with minimal turf damage. On the other hand, the brush type is often used as a de-thatcher.
     
  8. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Yeah....what 2exploresnow said.....the rubber paddles work great but the skid power brooms are much faster if that works for you
     
  9. oneoldsap

    oneoldsap Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    If plowing is the only property maintainence that you do for this account , putting the gravel back into the road shouldn't be your responsibility .
     
  10. wewille

    wewille Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    It is if it says so in your contract...
     
  11. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,770

    X2 We just did a large clean-up of gravel last week, and we don't even plow the place. Very good money tho payup
     
  12. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,714

    I use a John Deere 2305 with the Heavy Duty 60" Broom. Works awesome :)
     
  13. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    Heavy machinery is going to leave marks in the turf that you will then have to repair if the area still has any moisture in it. The rubber paddle attachment on a big trimmer works great but it is not what I would use for something of this size. Go rent a walk behind Gravely or BCS sweeper. Light enough to not leave marks, 40" or more in width and enough power to push the gravel all the way to the roadline. We have lots of spring cleanups that require this type of equipment and as much as I hate our Gravely, it does the job with ease for this size of job.