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It should snow like this every day! Freakin' Awesome!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lawnboy11, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    We got about 1" of super light fluffy snow today. I used a backpack blower today and in 3 hours blew off 20+ houses. I could do that again, I barely broke a sweat!

    With the recent ice storm here people worry even 1/2" will freeze to ice so if the temps will stay low I'll go out and do the route, like I did today. Awesome. I love it. Paid for my new amplifier. Coooooool.
     
  2. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Hey what ever works, What kind of blower? Redmax:rolleyes: :nod:
     
  3. 90plow

    90plow Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    Wouldnt it be quicker to plow...?
     
  4. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    1. Yes, Redmax ebz8001, good call!

    2. No, it wouldn't be easier to plow. You can't even plow what we had today, not enough. But enough to be dangerous for old people (anyone really) to walk on. also you can't plow sidewalks and steps. It took about 5-10 min a house with the blower. Cake walk.
     
  5. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 676

    I wanted to try that this year but didn't have the chance! I've heard "blowing snow" is so fast and easy for an inch of light fluffy stuff
     
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    yes it is! i didn't do it this year, but the only time it sucks is when snow melts off hot parts of the motor, trickles onto the throttle adjustment and freezes it in wide open throttle.

    redmax eb7001 here :)
     
  7. DaveOhio

    DaveOhio Member
    Messages: 68

    I can't picture using a backpack. Amateur hour. If I paid fees to an association I'd have a problem with the noise, especially early in the morning.

    Dave
     
  8. prizeprop

    prizeprop Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    I too used a Stihl br420 and blew off all walk and steps. No effort and quick.It cleans it dry.
     
  9. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    It's far from amateur hour, but I agree that I would not use it at night or early am. I used it between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm so noise was no issue. It's only suitable on ceratain occasions in ceratin conditions. The result was not a flake of snow on any paved surface or step. Quite professional if you ask me. Sorry your feeble mind can't "picture it." Consider that the polite respone.
     
  10. JPMAKO

    JPMAKO Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    I among many others in my area use this method for sidewalks if the snow is very light.
    It is soooo much faster than shoveling or the snow blowers.
    REDMAX 8001's and 7000's for my company :nod:
     
  11. DaveOhio

    DaveOhio Member
    Messages: 68

    OK, around lunchtime it may be appropriate... I guess. Not that much loader than a single stage snow blower. Interesting to see the renewal rates for the short-cutter, though. Thanks, newbie, for being polite.

    Dave
     
  12. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    I blew my driveway off wed morning before I headed out to see if it would work. Did the 500' driveway in 5 mins. Can't even do it that fast with the truck.
     
  13. AlwaysGreener

    AlwaysGreener Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    The guys use backpack blowers when it's a light snow.. It's a a lot easier.
     
  14. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    You're welcome oldie. FYI, I've had a snow removal route for over 20 years (first snowblower bought in 1987). My retention rates are near 100% with death and moving being the two main reasons I don't get renewals.
    How is it shortcutting? Working faster and more efficiently is shortcutting? Should I use a broom instead or mow lawns with scissors. You are a genius.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2007
  15. prizeprop

    prizeprop Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    You go ahead and use a snow blower on one inch of powder. I'll use a blower first and a shovel second.
     
  16. JPMAKO

    JPMAKO Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    I was tempted to take out my 18hp Fradan Blower and try that but I thought it would be overkill LOL.

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  17. prizeprop

    prizeprop Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    I always wondered how a rolling blower would work on powder?Especially for driveways. up the center one way and down the center the other way. The only problem is we dont do residentials until 2" usually and then it might be to deep?
     
  18. SkykingHD

    SkykingHD Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    blower in labor truck

    We have a blower in the labor truck. What ever does the job! A light snow is blown off very fast with a blower. We have some sidewalk work that the customer wants it clear from EVERYTHING. This does a good job and is fast.

    We have used a squeegee to clear decks and sidewalks at my house. This is not a standard snow removal tool but it works great. A buddy of mine told me he made a "snow pusher" out of a piece of plywood and broom handle. He can clear his drive in a light snow is short time.

    I have used a broom to clean up around the hanger as ice melting products are not allowed at an airport. The broom cleans up better than a shovel in some instances.

    Dave