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Most useful peice of "non typical" snow equipment

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dstifel, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. dstifel

    dstifel Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 188

    What is your most useful peice of equipment other then a truck skid loader etc.
    Obviously snow blowers are great but does anyone have anything that not everyone uses? Not looking for anything special just decided might be fun to see what people say.
     
  2. Silverstreak

    Silverstreak Senior Member
    Messages: 168

    backpack blowers for the right storm

    salter died used paddlewheel blower in the back of the pickup

    5 gallon bucket with a seatbelt popriveted to it so you can wear it across your shoulder) and a specially cut antifreeze jug works better than a spreader


    all i can think of right now
     
  3. PLOWTRUCK

    PLOWTRUCK Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    power sweeper on a 420 backhoe. great for driveways. I own a 72 unit apartment complex all units have driveways . We can do all 72 in about 45 minutes.
     
  4. Masssnowfighter

    Masssnowfighter Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 201

    I have a secret weapon attachment that goes on my lull forklift for cleaning snow off the tops of tractor trailers. It makes really good money days after the storm is over.
     
  5. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Lets see picture
    When you say 420 you mean what
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,855

    Kegerator.
     
  7. dstifel

    dstifel Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 188

    What's your keg of choice?
     
  8. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 735

    Had a Bully Pro Grade Floor Scraper in my shed last year that works great for scraping up compressed snow and ice. It's good for moving dense or wet snow too - better than a shovel. I don't remember when or why I bought it, but I googled it and it was evidently from Home Depot.
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,855

    Partially empty......
     
  10. dstifel

    dstifel Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 188

    Haha knew an answer like that was coming I was think "a cold one" would probably be your answer
     
  11. Yardlines guy

    Yardlines guy Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Stihl BR600. Way better than a shovel for 1-2 inches
     
  12. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Try the better version redmax 8500
     
  13. Yardlines guy

    Yardlines guy Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I've always been a dedicated Stihl person but I heard that blower was better??
     
  14. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Won't say better stronger yes but they only last 2 years before they need a new piston and ring
     
  15. Yardlines guy

    Yardlines guy Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Good to know. What's the cost compared to the Stihl?
     
  16. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I pay $479 from my local dealer most places are $509-$550
    I run redmax and use their oil and use 92 octane gas and they just run so hard 2 year and it's time to freshen them up kinda like 2 stroke dirt bikes
     
  17. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I saw a contractor using a beer cooler with wheels to carry salt not calcium on walks at an apartment complex
     
  18. EPM

    EPM Member
    Messages: 94

    Feed pail (like you would feed chickens with) for smaller walkways that it isn't worth getting the walk behind spreader out for. Wrap one arm around it at your chest and spread with the backs your finger tips with the opposite hand like your feeding chickens.
    Get a lot of funny looks but it saves a lot of time.
     
  19. MSsnowplowing

    MSsnowplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 711

    My secret weapon for clearing sidewalks.

    And he takes his pay in Prune juice.

    Grandpas snowplow.jpg
     
  20. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    I am continuously saving 59 oz and bigger orange juice / milk containers. I rinse them out with water and let them dry. I then fill these containers up with salt / snow melt. When I am out snow plowing, I have several crates in the back of my pick up truck filled with these containers. This is better than using a coffee can because the snow melt stays dry. This saves time because I am not always reloading the coffee can to spread salt.