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Marking Sicks...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PremierLand, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    Where do you guys get your marking sticks for entrences? most places around here are like $3 a stick (ouch).

    Thanks guys
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 480

    I go to the local saw mill and buy some rough cut lumber and cut my own.

    Gene
     
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Are you looking for a reflector type or something to mark the driveway? Some guys use 1x2 or 2x2 and paint the top orange or something bright. You can pick these up at the hardware store cheap. Just remember to put them 12" to 18" back from the driveway so you don't knock them over.
     
  4. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    im looking for something plastic, that is easy to push into the ground, stable, and reflective.
     
  5. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 675


    Cheap as dirt here...

    http://www.angelos-supplies.com/plowparts/catresults.pg?cat='Driveway%20Stakes'
     
  6. Mebes

    Mebes Senior Member
    Messages: 388

  7. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    i used to buy 3/8" dowels, 36" long... then i would do a quick spray paint (red), and wrap a strip of reflective tape around the top. lot cheaper than the premade ones.
     
  8. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    thanks for the link guys. I just bought 150
     
  9. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    We buy pre cut 2"x2"x4' stakes last year we paid .39cents per stake (wood). I bought plastic reflective ones at Lowe's for .89cents.
     
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    Just curious but didn't you say you wanted them to be reflective?
    I buy mine from Jeff for under $1.50 with FREE FREIGHT, metal tip to help in driving into the ground, 48" and a 6" reflective strip.
    http://www.fiberglassinnovations.com/ultraflector.html

    By the way, I also made a tool for driving 48" fiberglass poles into the ground, always the same depth and can push it through the crusher run you find at the edges of the driveways. I put in a couple hundred poles and the tool makes quick work of it, if you are interested pm me.

    The place you bought yours from says their pricing is not always what it is listed and they charge shipping, did you incounter a price increase when you bought yours?

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    Last edited: Sep 18, 2005
  11. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101


    hey big, thanks for the info, just orderd 200, you should contact the guy and tell him you want some payup for all the orders you turned on to him LOL
     
  12. Cheap Cheap Cheap

    Go to Menards and buy 1/2" PVC pipe in 10 ft sections (last winter they were $.67) And then cut them into 3 pieces each. ($.67/3 = $.22) They are strong, and plastic so they wont hurt your truck should you hit one. I paint the top with "construction orange" spray paint.
     
  13. CLM LANDSCAPE

    CLM LANDSCAPE Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Last season i bought 500 marking sticks from Fiberglass Innovation. Not trying to sell them but we found they take a lot of abuse and reflect well. Used them on all our commercial properties.
     
  14. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 675

    Yeah I haven't even ordered mine yet.. better get some freebies :gunsfiring:
     
  15. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    Pretty nice guys, they called and said they are only 15 min from my house, said stop by and pick up my order and they'll refund shipping. I'll grab you commission free-bee's :nod: :p :nod:

    Pretty Cool
     
  16. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    taking abuse well

    Same here, pushing piles back I would run right over the suckers and only after too many times of doing that would they break. The cheep ones that were on my subbed lot snapped almost right away. My commercial properties like the reflective strips, the old plower used wood that was painted --they hated that.
     
  17. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    where are they located?
     
  18. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Thank you for hating on my stakes Roald! I'll keep those "broken stakes" in mind next time I send you a check.. Just kidding!

    I buy all of mine from Angelos.. If you run over them, they are usually ok.. Push snow on them, they will probably break.. Cheap and have worked well so far for us..
     
  19. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    They are on 8 mile, 1 block west of Middlebelt
     
  20. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I have been useing the fiberglass from ones from Home Depot- buy in large enough volume and they will discount. I seem to buy about 10 new ones per season to replace destroyed ones- but even snapping them at groud level I reuse them for a couple more seasons. Customers seem to like them over the "home made" solutions others in the area used.