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Granite SW removal of all snow off site. NO LOADER ALLOWED

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by NW Snow Removal, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    the site has about 600 granite blocks used as sidewalk. each block is worth roughly $4k. We need a way to remove the snow without a loader going on the SW. Last year the contractor broke some stones with their loader and they never want another loader on site. Im telling them that we have to have a loader, but we wont take it on the SW, just use it on the street to load snow into dump truck. the sidewalk is about 11k sq ft. We will use snowblowers and shovels to clear the sidewalk off the curb to the street then load from there. I figure 1 semi load under 3 inches, and 2-3 loads for up to 6 inches.

    2nd question As far as ice-melter I am wondering what you would use. They have used calcium in the past so I am considering doing the same. But these are beautiful pieces of granite and she doesn't like the residue left behind by calcium.

    It sounds like they should have installed heaters under the rocks to get this job done the way they want. Im at a loss for how to do this without it costing them an arm and a leg, which they can obviously afford, but I hate charging sky high if I don't have to so I figure I'll ask you guys. thanks for any help.
  2. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    pay yourself handsomely. and do whatever neccesary. they can afford it. thats the american way!
  3. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

  4. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,736

    UHMW cutting edges on the snowblowers might not be a bad idea. Or an atv with a UHMW cutting edge? The broom is a great idea also.
  5. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    What kind of property is this?
  6. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    x3 on the broom, the best way to clear snow with causing no damage to the property IMO and I believe that protech is coming out with a broom attachement designed for snow removal specifically
  7. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    power broom would be my 1st choice... onto pavement and then snowblower into dump trucks.. no loaders needed...
  8. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,129

    I ran a broom all winter 2 years ago on our skid. It would work great in your situation if they let you drive the skid on it as long as not touching metal down. We did run brushes with metal bristles mixed in and they worked better but would scratch the he ll out of te granite so I would make sure its only poly bristles.
  9. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,338

    lots of bare ground liquid....or smiliar product
  10. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,419

    It seems as tho they are spending some serious cash in snow removal and replacing stones every year. Why wouldn't they just bite the bullet and install underground heating. Not to expensive and simple to do. Seems like their most logical step.

    If not, I wouldn't touch the stones with any machine. If the base under any stone is off a bit, even a small track machine will break them in the winter. To risky. Just single stage blowers then. Time consuming and tedious but money is money. I know guys that would work in poop all day for the right money!