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Loader or bigger truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by KenM, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. KenM

    KenM Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I'm looking for some advise. I have been doing the snow and ice removal at my place of employment for 12 years. I would like to greatly reduce my overall time in removing the snow. I am a full time maintenance eng. and part of my responsibilities is snow removal so contracting out is not an option for me however I can occasionally call for weekend help. My property has 120,000 sq ft of parking and I have 1300 ft of sidewalk. I do all of the work myself including salting. I am employed at a church and our doors are open for about 14 hours 7 days a week. The church owns a 1 ton Dodge with plow and a 3 year old Cub Cadet (no cab) 8454SS (45hp) with loader and rear mount grader/plow blade. I have a separate machine for the sidewalks that is adequate for me. I would really like to reduce my time in the lot. I have curb around most of the lot and the snow must go over the curb as to not lose spaces . I have alot of space to stack but I would have to move the snow to those areas. Windrowing works on light snow falls. I have some short pushes and some long pushes. I have looked into purchasing a JD544 or CAT920 and pusher. I know these machines are big. I also thought of maybe a bigger truck but don't know what to look for. I would appreciate your input. Ken
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    LOADER better yet JOHN DEERE loader!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    what about a nice set of simple plow wings for the old dodge? would save you alittle time I have seen plow blades put on quick connects like a loader bucket for tractors. But who wants to be on a tractor with no heat.
  4. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    good size skid steer and a box blade.

    IDOCTORTREES Senior Member
    from MONTANA
    Messages: 789

    I bought my fist loader 4 yrs ago. now we have 3 volvo l70s its they way to go.:drinkup:
  6. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I plow a church parking lot of similar size. I use a 1 ton dump truck with a blizzard 8611lp. Depending on snowfall amount, it will take 1 to 2 hours to fully plow and salt. If I was a straight blade, it would probably take 3x longer to do.
  7. KenM

    KenM Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    What size skid steer (weight/hp) and box blade. The dealer I bought my tractor from told me a 8 foot box blade would be too big. My tractor weights 4800 lbs.
  8. KenM

    KenM Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I do have a straight blade on my truck. What size V do you have? If I could plow my site in 1 to 2 hours with a V blade I would be happy! I have had contractors help me out and they would show up with 2 trucks both bigger than mine and they couldn't even plow the lot that fast. Now I'm not talking about 2 inches of light snow here either. My lot is broken up into sections with multiple drives. I have alot of curb and side walks next to curb. A V blade would be helpful in those areas but I would have to push the snow a couple hundred feet away. Thanks for your input. Ken
  9. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I vote v plow with wings or 8611lp that would be a huge increase in efficiency without another 30-40k for a skid steer and box. Fast travel speed, doesn't take up too much space when not in use, and won't cost you any extra to insure. Just my .02