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Gravel Lot ?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by clncut, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. clncut

    clncut PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,121

    I was asked to bid a gravel parking lot. This customer had a few concerns from previous contractors and I thought Id pick your brain. As mentioned before the lot is all gravel with plenty of areas to move snow. Common sense here would say to raise the plow a bit until the ground freezes and leave a small amount of snow to help prevent piles of stone come spring time. The customer is concerned because of the icy conditions resulting from leaving a small amount of snow having this happen with previous contractors. My thought is to plow down to the gravel, worry about the piles of gravel in the spring and salt as needed. The problem is drainage, she stated the water tends to sit and not run off. Im meeting with her Friday, anyone have any suggestions. Thanks
  2. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    Don't salt it! Your gonna want to use sand, if you use salt you will have a muddy mess. Also the piles of gravel aren't a big deal, we just use a paddle broom on a stihl kombi come spring time. Works like a charm!
  3. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,692

    Listen to Bossman. You don't want to salt it.
  4. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Recommend they pave it.
  5. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Ditto on the don't salt. Use sand for sure. There's no way to keep a gravel lot perfectly clean down to gravel. You need to have a base. If not, it will be a nightmare. I normally do a fair amount of back dragging early in the winter to get a nice base going. From there on out its cake until it thaws.
    Make sure you add the labor, for gravel clean up in the spring, to your bid amount if you don't normally do a spring clean up for them.
  6. clncut

    clncut PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,121

    Thanks for all the comments. Sand it is!
  7. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    Now sand is cheap, but charge enough to make some money. When I started doing sand I didnt charge enough. After a couple years I bumped my rates up and now charge almost the same for sand as we do salt. We only do a little sand, but it is a pain and people will pay for it.