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How do you like this driveway!?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by cjasonbr, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    Western MA. The road at the base of the driveway is Route 9, which is a heavily traveled road. There is a curve when you go out the driveway and take a left, so people coming from the left would have minimal time to slow down. The grade at the base of the driveway is 35-40 degrees. There is a river running under the base of the driveway - which is why there is an unusually steep grade. (Wouldn't the cold air/water running underneath the DW cause more icing than usual??) What do you think of this one!? :cry:
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  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I must be missing something. :confused: That would be a really easy one. I had to use the "This Link".
     
  3. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    thats why we have plows
     
  4. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Get a good start and takes a few bites off at the bottom first to make a run way would be my plan. I am very familiar with Rte 9, but at the Wellesley end.
     
  5. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    LOL, what's so easy about it mick? I was looking at some post in the non-commercial section and someone was saying that his 20 degree grade was bad so i figured i'd throw this one out there. Actually it's my driveway and it sucks! A couple times i slid out onto the road, thank god no one was coming!
     
  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    It's just that you asked for opinions and I didn't see anything particularly outstanding. Really, it's all in what everyone's used to (perception). No offense intended.
     
  7. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    That looks exactly like a driveway i used to plow around here. Same situation, degree, everything. I would never do it again for even $500. Pain in the ass! When a driveway ices up, or packs hard with snow...even with the plow down there is nothing stopping you from sliding into the road. I know from first hand experience. Driveway was snow packed, iced up and had sand on it...i lost my traction and slid into the main road and got T-boned by another plow truck. Luckily there was no other traffic at the time. Ill never take another account that risky again.
     
  8. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    No Mick, no offense taken, you just didn't say why you thought the way you did, and i saw your post (few months old) about the 15-20 degree grade (non-commercial forum) being a PITA, so i figured you'd appreciate this one. No offense taken at all.

    HD: Yup, thank god i didn't get the 'T'... The name of the game is just salt the hell out of it! Before.. during... after. Once i started to slide back and dropped the SD blade, it didn't even slow me down.... I like the setup by the way. GM and Boss.... i'm a believer!
     
  9. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    LOL, what does the green light next to my name mean? Does it mean that I suck? xysport
     
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Na that would be a red light. Green lights signify signed on at the current time.:waving:
     
  11. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I said that mainly because of it being straight. While it's steep at the beginning (coming in from the road), like Banksy said, I'd take a couple swipes at the bottom to open it and get a short run up. Then there's a short run till you're on level road. Then coming down, I'd keep the blade straight with a load of snow in front of it, then push that off when I got to the bottom. Also being ready to shift to Neutral if the truck started sliding. But it being straight and a finished surface with a short uphill push was mainly where I was coming from. The other thing is we don't always get the whole impact from pictures.

    I searched, but didn't find, the particular post you were talking about. But I've posted about one driveway I've got that I think is a pain. It curves uphill the whole distance with a sharp curve about half way. There was a thread back in June by DSqared about a driveway that I suggested pretreating and using a snowblower, but that was based on not wanting to scratch the surface and the curving.
     
  12. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    Does shifting to neutral really help if you start to slide?
     
  13. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    This helps many times. When I drive the salt truck I shift it to neutral when I am coming to a red light. I learned to do this on our 87 Dually that we most likely overloaded and the brakes were WAY to small.
     
  14. hillndale

    hillndale Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 60

    I'm not sure. Hey sorry to get off topic, but tell me which of your 2 3/4 ton trucks is more rugged, supports plow better etc. What's the pro's & cons of each? Maybe I shoulda PM'ed you. I'm trying to decide on a truck for this winter. Many thanks

    hillndale:)
     
  15. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Read his post about the Fisher mounting system and I bet you can figure it out. LOL
     
  16. hillndale

    hillndale Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 60

    Was it in the "WTF" thread? All I know is he hates the Fischer MM system but like's the Chevy, but the Boss plow is on the Ford. I'm :confused:

    thanks
    hillndale
     
  17. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Later in the post he calls the Ford the black POS. I thought there was going to be a good war then.
     
  18. hillndale

    hillndale Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 60

    Yeh, I got that. LOL... guess that says it all. Still not sure of the Chevy suspension (for plowing).

    hillndale tymusic
     
  19. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I have run a Dodge for the last 7 years. I am looking forward to using my 2004 Chev this year. Best truck I have ever owned was my 1994 3500 SRW, maybe I was just lucky but that thing was extremely reliable.
     
  20. hillndale

    hillndale Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 60

    Well you definitely got the right rigs for the job. I'm wrestling with getting outta my Chevy '04 1500 (6 cyl) 4x4 to get into something with a bit more umph. My truck is my main vehicle for everything, at the moment. I'd love to have a "beast" for work and another for cruisin' :D

    thanks CET

    hillndale

    Sorry cjasonbr. I guess this is the meaning of "hijacking the thread". Wasn't my intention. That is a nice driveway though!
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2006