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How much can it snow hourly?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,885

    Say in the northeast in NJ areas? I cant remember it snowing ever more than say 2" an hour and that was maybe for an hour or two before it tapered off a little.

    We have some contracts for full routes for sub contracting work where the company gave us two full truck routes. The businesses are supposed to be plowed or can be at every 2".

    Now all businesses on each route are close together but there are only 4 total.

    This requires us to dedicate TWO trucks to only 8 total sites that are not close to any of our other work in NJ. Each truck has 4 sites...they can all be done in an hour or less

    Each trucks route would take about 4-5 hours to do and thats probably during a normal snow storm. The problem is, if were only salting or plowing a 4" snow storm, we plow 2x and were done fairly quickly. Would it be fair to say we could handle more properties per truck if they were close enough? Or is this mainly to keep in favor of the sub contractor so that they get get as many 2" snow pushes as possible. Seems to me, theyd rather make a killing per fast heavy storm than for us to have more places and maybe have to push 3-4" if it got real bad out.. Of course theyre not looking out for our best interests.. have you ever dealt with a similar scenario? If these places all were close to us, i wouldnt mind.
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    3 years ago we had 3 inches per hour once...for only 2 out of 28 hours of snow...
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    In this area Ive never seen it more than 2-3" / HR and that is really coming down. Your not driving in that around here anyways. You need to be where your going at that point. Out on the west coast Ive seen it come down at 8+" / Hr, but that is not something youd see here.

    I think the situation is that the trucks are tapped out cause you wouldnt be able to keep up at big storms with more accounts. Average good storm is 1/2" or so an hour so 4 hours is about where your at. A NJ blizzard of 1" / HR would leave you at more than 4 hours so there you go.Could always have a few on call Subs ready to go in the area. Use them for one pass in between your passes on the heavy days. Since its not real common fees would be minimal.
  4. Mysticlandscape

    Mysticlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    I have seen and plowed in 5 inchs/hr. Couldn't see what I was doing except for when the lighting lite up the sky lol
  5. ford550

    ford550 Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I have seen 4"/hr very hard to see at that point. Yeah, the lightening is always fun.