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How Many Plow Vehicles In YOUR Fleet This Year?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by derekbroerse, Nov 16, 2005.

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How many PLOWING vehicles in YOUR fleet this year?

  1. I don't plow, I am just a poser here to look cool.

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  2. I only have a shovel. :(

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. One.

    33 vote(s)
    30.0%
  4. Two.

    24 vote(s)
    21.8%
  5. Three.

    10 vote(s)
    9.1%
  6. Four.

    11 vote(s)
    10.0%
  7. Five-to-Eight of the suckers.

    19 vote(s)
    17.3%
  8. Nine-to-twelve of 'em.

    4 vote(s)
    3.6%
  9. Thirteen or more... and I'm almost out of Parking Spaces!

    6 vote(s)
    5.5%
  10. I use snowblowers primarily.

    2 vote(s)
    1.8%
  1. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I'm just curious how many trucks/snowpushers you guys are using this year. I'm thinking, lets not include support vehicles, like loaders (unless primarily used for plowing), dump trucks, dedicated salter trucks etc. (though you could mention them below if you reply), I'm mainly curious about the actual snow movers.
     
  2. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    As you can see, I have three trucks in my collection.

    But I'm going to usually be using the International this winter, and have an employee drive my personal 86 Chevy (last winter this was not in use). The 73 I use on a couple small driveways and will again this winter. The rest are my family business's trucks and I don't operate them much except during summer. Last winter I did sanding with the 81 Chevy and plowed/sanded two developments with it. This winter it's operated by someone else as I am gonna enjoy driving my International. I might add a plow to it next winter, but just sanding with it this winter. payup payup I have a lot of sanding contracts with it.

    I figure, if the snow gets deep enough to plow, I can go and plow the couple of driveways I use my 73 with, and wait for the lots to be plowed and then go and sand after I finish plowing.
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2005
  3. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    This is my first year with a second truck. Should be interesting.

    My primary truck is my '82 GMC K35 that everyone has seen on here for years being steadily upgraded. It has a dumpbox and a 9'-2" Boss Power-V.

    The secondary truck is a '78 Chevy K30, with a dumping stake body, 9'-2" Boss Power-V, and an 8' Flink spreader on the back.

    My 'support' vehicles are my International B275 diesel loader tractor for stacking snow, loading salt, and running my 6' McKee snowblower or my backup three-point hitch Vicon spreader, an International single-axle dumptruck for hauling overloaded properties' snow away, and my '90 S15 4x4 which runs around with my mechanic (re: dad), tow chains and tools on board.

    I'm glad to say that this year is also my first having a building to work out of, a 60x30' pole barn on my neighbours property, bartered for cutting his grass and plowing his snow. I'm just finishing installing hydro in there... wish it was insulated but it sure beats working in the driveway!
     
  4. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    I love the '78 Chevy trucks. After this winter I might buy like a 77 or 78 truck and I'll be looking.. but it's hard to find one without the big rust holes in them.

    What year is your International truck?

    How do you like the Boss Power-V's? I've never used a Boss but enjoy looking at the brochures, lol. They look great.
     
  5. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    My '78 is a bit of a bondo-bucket but it looks good from 20 feet away at 20 mph. Runs like a champ too. I have a '79 GMC 1500 shorbox that I am building for residential work too, if I ever get back on the poor thing. Needs a full body job, but I aint scared!!! lol

    The International truck actually belongs to a friend who doesn't use it in the winter, so I kind of take over it. I believe it is an '85 or so, does S1900 sound like the right model? It has (unfortunately) the 9.0L V8 diesel dog motor but the nice heavy Allison automatic behind it. I don't think the axles are overly heavy (it used to be a flower delivery truck) but for snow use it is just fine--the only accounts I would need it for are very small properties--hence needing to truck it away.
     
  6. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Those of you with more than five should be standing up loud and proud!!! Who has the biggest fleet on here, anyways?

    :bluebounc
     
  7. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    3 loaders
    2 backhoes
    2 skidsteers
    10 plow trucks
    3 sidewalk trucks
    1 salt only truck
     
  8. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    1 truck
    2 blackhoes


    lol
     
  9. maxwell

    maxwell Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 59

    17 trucks
    2 bobcats
     
  10. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    14 of my own Pieces when everything is rolling. See signature for list.
     
  11. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    I have two trucks.
     
  12. BCLARK

    BCLARK Member
    Messages: 37

    Up to seven trucks plus an ATV with a blade this year. I really should edit my profile.
    We are still looking to do this as a full time gig. Close but not quite there yet.
    My partner and I still have full time day jobs and we do most of our own repairs and maintenance. Still looking for a couple of good reliable drivers and/or subs. That is the hardest part ( finding good people ).

    Bob
     
  13. TRUE TURF LAWN

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    i have 800 trucks.
     
  14. westwind

    westwind Member
    Messages: 79

    7 Trucks 3 JD skid-steers.
     
  15. MIAWPUKEK

    MIAWPUKEK Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    1 truck: '04 F150 with 7'6" Western Ultramount Pro and 1 quad: Honda Rincon 650 with 5' Kimpex Blade.
     
  16. SnowDozers

    SnowDozers Member
    Messages: 86

    50 trucks at hand 15 on reserve
     
  17. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I take it you have full-time mechanics and a large shop with a number that large? Probably estimators and a secretary too?

    Nicely done.
     
  18. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,964

    2 trucks.

    2 hours of sleep.
     
  19. ynvvbr

    ynvvbr Member
    Messages: 68

    7 plow trucks
    2 getting plows mounted
    2 skid steers w/ 10' Degelman Pushers
    2 Loaders (leased , go dit better snow)

    hopefully adding to back-up trucks next week, but who knows
     
  20. SnowDozers

    SnowDozers Member
    Messages: 86

    Used to. We strayed away from that and all of our drivers own their trucks now. All the company owns is a 2000 1/2ton dodge ram, 2070 Mustang Skid, 96 GMC 1ton with a brand new Fisher stainless spreader, and a 98 Sterling dump with a vibratory box and salt spreader and belly blade.

    This way, we don't have to worry about trucks breaking down in the middle of the night; it's the drivers’ responsibility. Most of their trucks are 96 or newer. Drivers take better care of stuff when it is their own.

    We do have 3 estimators though.