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Need Help in Finding the Right Equipment

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by oatc, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. oatc

    oatc Junior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1

    Hi,

    I'm new to snow removal and need some help in picking out the right equipment for my crew. I work for a property management company that has decided to do their all their own snow removal. Last year one of our smaller properties did a trial and the workers complanied that they had a hard time with our 3500 Dually and a 9 foot blade and spreader. Now we will be doing two much larger shopping center parking lots. We're located in the Chicago Suburbs. Our guys do not have CDL's so

    Any info on recommended trucks, plows, and spreaders would be greatly appreciated.

    - Would it be good to get one large truck for moving mass and one smaller one to clean around cars?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Wow . . . . . . I dont see this going well :rolleyes:
     
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Without knowing the sites (sizes, layouts, service expectations, etc) it is IMPOSSIBLE to give you a equipment list, etc. This is why you pay contractors for there PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE in doing this, if the place you work for is set on doing this I would advise the to bring in a consultant to help. If they had thought ahead the could've watched what the contractors the had before were using & it would've helped. SIMA has lots of training programs, prodution numbers, etc avaliable for members, it would probably be $ 170 well spent.
     
  4. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

    Thats one big question. You came to the right place, but you will have to do some homework before we can help.
    The first question on most of our minds will be WHY? Now that I got that of my chest this is what we need.
    How many sq feet surface to be cleared? Broken down by property
    What is the average snow per year?
    What is the average events per year?
    Do you get ice events? If you do, how many?
    Are there sidewalks? How many sq. ft. Are there loading docks?
    What equipment do you have now? List all.
    Is there room to push snow? Will you have to stack the snow? Will you have to transport the snow?
    Are there allot of obstacles on the lots?
    How close are the properties from each other?
    Are your guys experienced in clearing snow?
    I am sure there are more, but its a start.
    The SIMA tip was great advice
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2008
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    First year plowing and you jump in head first. You need to do some research on this site and by talking to contractors in your rea. Good Luck this year.
     
  6. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

    It happens so often, someone new comes on and asks the million dollar question. We ask some simple questions, and they disappear:confused:
     
  7. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    With all your equipment and experience, you actually have disapointed me as you forgot to ask the single most important question of them all...

    What direction are all the parking stalls facing?
     
  8. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    I'm subscibing to this one for the entertainment value.
     
  9. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Where's iceyman??? He certainly knows all the formulas..........I bet he knows stuff about trucks too. xysport
     
  10. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    im gonna listen in... im trying to learn about how to plow snow too.... lol
     
  11. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,538

    lmao......i say just get a couple a 4X4 quads with 48" blades and 150lb salt spreaders.....should do the job fine:jester:

    i would like to talk to the guys who plowed with a 3500 dually.... what problems did he have.... to plow snow push the down button on the controller and make sure the truck is in drive,,, then go full throttle:nod:






    :rolleyes:

    EDIT: i am now an addict..... i dont know if its a good or bad thing
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  12. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Genius!!! You are the man!! :cool:
     
  13. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    let me try to break down your questions

    - your welcome

    my biggest advise, hire a snow professional , one that has lots of experience... in all types of equiptment.... even if it is a contractor, that you make a deal with ...to "run " your snow operation , and get you set up properly with the tools, equptment, knowlege, and PLOW DRIVERS, not just joe worker bee , driving a truck

    i would think a small fee of around $10,000 might get a few heads turned as a part time, job, getting you set up, then next year you could take over... i can tell by the questions you asked your experiance is almost ZERO, ... just remember, if a slip occurs, its on your company, and y wasnt the job done properly.... i know who will be the first to get fired:help:
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  14. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    I know me and most the other guys on the form read this book when we first started, really covers the basics.

    wiggily-snowplow-718071.jpg
     
  15. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    hahahahahha, OMG i needed that- thanks...hahaha
     
  16. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    well i guess he didnt need the help after all?
     
  17. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

    I just looked him up, he never logged on again to check. What a waste of time.:mad:
     
  18. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Maybe he's still measuring his lots.
     
  19. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    is he using a yar stick? or a tape measure?
     
  20. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Probabily a wooden ruler he got from his mommy........lol