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Learned a new trick today

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jason2, Dec 16, 2000.

  1. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    I'm a rookie and I learned a new trick today. I was plowing an apartment complex with 4 other trucks today. Only 1 truck had a v-plow, the rest of us had straight blades.

    On long narrow runs, we'd put two trucks together and angle blades inwards towards each other and make a V. We could than make full runs and move a lot more snow. Kind of like a cheap man's V-plow.

    I'm sure that's probably common knowledge to most people here. But I sure thought it was neat. And it worked well to boot.

    Just got home from 10 hours of plowing, and it started to snow again. So probably will be back out again later.
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    We have been going blade to blade for years,I have found that,automatics are tough to keep the same speed as the pile builds up,watch those mirrors,and the lighter truck always gets pushed off at the end of the pass.
  3. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    Well Jason, I don't really consider my self a rookie or an expert but I've never seen or thought of that idea. We've always taken 2 or 3 trucks in tandem to windrow the snow to one side in the big lots. I can't wait to try the V idea though, since I already have a bunch of straight blades that don't need replacin' at the moment.
  4. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Only works in tight places. If you have a wide open area, much faster to winrow. You really have to go slow, and you have to be mindfull of where the trucks are in relation to one another.
  5. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    Before vee plows, we did it all the time - large and small lots. One guy hung out the window with his hand on the other guys mirror. Near the end we moved away from each other so we didn't slide into each other at the pile.

    Worked quite well. Took some talent to do it regular without any damage. Great feeling to move that much snow with straight blades.
  6. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    On large lots we windrow. Just in tight long stretches we were V'ing up. You guys are right it's awful tight. Maybe 6 inches tops between the blades at the start of the push, once you get a big enough pile going you really got to watch for the lighter truck moving around. At the end of the push we might be a foot apart.

    Only tapped mirrors once. :)
  7. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    I had never really thought of doing that. Maybe we'll give it a try tomorrow... if we get the 2-4 inches they're saying we're gonna get.

  8. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Sounds good for older trucks. Not sure I'd recommend two $30,000 trucks running that close together! It is a more productive method for some areas it seems. Considering a mirror alone on some new trucks is $250+<img src="http://www.lawnsite.com/images/icons/icon11.gif">

  9. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    I would hate to see what would happen if two good friends did this with two new trucks. And truck A happen to hit the side of truck B, I bet some words would be exchanged.

    I have thought of this before and the risk just is too great even for a new or old truck IMO. However we have run trucks in tandem before.

  10. Deere John

    Deere John Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I saw this at a dealership several years ago. It looked pretty funny. It made sense to me though, because they have their own body and paint shop!
  11. yardsmith

    yardsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Good idea; never thought of that. Wasn't until this yr. that I had 2 trucks to use, & 1 already has a V plow.
    Just be sure the drivers are good & can react quickly if need be.
  12. diggerman

    diggerman Senior Member
    from Ames
    Messages: 700

    We do this with 10ftrs between the hangers at the airport and you can really generate a pile of snow.