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Plowing on the Lake

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Lawn Enforcer, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    I got a couple calls this week to plow out to an ice house site, plow spaces for the a few houses, and then plow snow up to them. I had never gotten any calls for this before. I have my own house out there, and I don't even plow around my own. I told them no, because my truck is strictly for business use only, and I can't risk dropping the truck through the ice. Insurance is totally exempt on the lake, so it's a easy choice. Anyone else had calls for this before?
     
  2. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    i would do it with a shovel or snowblower and bid high
     
  3. AC2717

    AC2717 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    Not to throw a monkey wrench in this one, but unless it is specifically excluded from your insurance policy, it would be covered, but some policies, especially if you are in Northern States, there could be an exclusion.

    I know a lot of people do it and it is fine, I am with you I would not, but your insurance policy does cover stupidity, not saying you are, just saying doing it would be stupid
     
  4. Pennings Garden

    Pennings Garden Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 242

    just make sure you use some extra salt, you wouldn't want get a slip & fall lawsuit...:laughing:
     
  5. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Well I'm not gonna blow a path 2 miles long onto the lake wide enough for a truck in snow about a foot deep. They aren't gonna pay a massive amount of money to have this done.
     
  6. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,268

    No way I would do this.


    Someone did this on a few lakes in Northern Wisconsin last season, and then snowmobilers were hitting the berms from plowing and being ejected from their sleds. Numerous injuries to snowmobilers. Just hitting the plowed "road" on a snowmobile while going 40+ MPH can cause a very dangerous situation.

    I would NOT want to have the liability associated with that.
     
  7. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    My insurance guy even said to me that it is not covered, and if I would do something like that I would most likely be dropped. Unless someone showed me $10K in cash, I'm not gonna do it. Just wondering if it was common or not for people to be asked this.

    I also thought about the big windrows left behind and people on sleds and in trucks hitting them.
     
  8. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    tell them to get a sled.... too damn lazy to get out to thier fish shack.......

    good thing to stay away from
     
  9. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    if you have a small truck 10-16" thick is a must, mid size 16"+ and i would weld something very wide at least 12' to my hitch and something to the tow hooks or somdthing, so if you do take a spill you wont sink.


    just dont do it, or rent a skid steer and get the insurance
     
  10. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    I plow on the lake all the time. I dont get calls to do it or anything but plow to our ice house and some friens alot. No your insurance will not cover if you go through.
     
  11. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    what is an ice house.
     
  12. A small building located of a frozen lake with a hole on the floor erected to provide a location for drinking large quantities of beer without women bitching at you. tymusic




    Can also be used for Ice Fishing as well I suppose...
     
  13. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Haha! :laughing::laughing:
     
  14. Lightningllc

    Lightningllc 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,944

    Helicopters are expensive to fish out a truck, Divers are expensive.
    I had to do this on a lake I put a sled though the ice and dnr made me get it out and pay fine for pollution to the water. All said and done $4235 it cost me Helicopter was $2000 Divers were $1500 and Fines were $ 735.

    I DON'T RECOMMEND DRIVING ON ANY ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BY THE WAY HOUGHTON LAKE EAST SIDE DENTON CREEK 22 FOOT DOWN HAD TO SWIM TO SHORE IN FULL SLED OUT FIT.

    IT SUCKED GOT FROSTBITE AND RUINED MY SLED MACH Z CK3 CHASSIS BUILT TRIPLE PIPES, 244 STUDS, HEAD WORK, PORTED, POLISHED, FOX SHOCKS, LOUD I MEAN LOUD SLED YOU COULD HEAR IT FROM ONE SIDE OF THE LAKE TO THE OTHER TOP SPEED 129 ON RADAR.
     
  15. micklock

    micklock Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I use to plow the drag strip for the snowmobile races, the last time was probably more than 10 years ago. We would have cars lined up down each side and we always had a big fire with lots of beer. One year my friend and I raced our trucks (I won he had a 2wd) then everyone had their cars, mini vans or whatever they had racing down the strip. :laughing: Good times.
     
  16. micklock

    micklock Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    There is a snowmobile at the bottom of our lake, a guy that lives across the lake was riding it with his kid about 6 years ago when it fell through. I dont know why the DNR didnt make him get it out, I'll have to ask him. I scuba dive and tried to find it a couple times but it's in the deepest part of the lake (50') and it's zero vis below 40' so you would have to bump into it or catch it with a line it to find it.
     
  17. Lightningllc

    Lightningllc 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,944

    You must me on whitmore lake theres alot of sled down there. The races out there were awesome at one time. My banshee rocked out there.
     
  18. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    I wouldn't do it...
     
  19. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo Senior Member
    Messages: 144



    Note to self: Build Ice House.
     
  20. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178


    that has to be the best thing I have heard yet.