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Sidewalk crews

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lakesidesnow, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. lakesidesnow

    lakesidesnow Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    We are looking to change up our operations by running a truck that consists of guys just doing walks. In the past shovelers/blowers have ridden shotgun too accounts and did walks while the driver did the pushing.We would be doing this in one area that we service about 20 commercial accounts and 4 different condo complexes. Does anybody run operations with a sidewalk only crew or have had any experience with it? Any input is apperciated.
     
  2. 4700dan

    4700dan Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 329

    Around here we send out walk crews on their own found out we save money this way
     
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Been doing it that way from day 1. You will be much more efficient operating that way....and versatile.
     
  4. lakesidesnow

    lakesidesnow Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the replys. Any other opinions?
     
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I just want one or two just to show up let alone a truck full,lol. We've only had to run a crew of 2-3 sidewalk guys. I liked it when we ran 2 guys in a truck. IMO, it's safer and they seemed to get the job done a little quicker. BUT....you need the right guys to start with, I'm sure 2 guys can also B.S. a lot more and drag things out too. But if you have a large area where these guys will be for awhile then I think it makes sense to have them all together.
     
  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Account sizes/locations can make the difference on how your setup. I have never ran more than 2 guys in 1 vehicle. Most of them drive their own vehicle...and like it that way.
     
  7. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    I do a little bit of each. Last year I had a truck that plowed 50% of the time, and pulled a trailer hauling around the sidewalk crew for the other part of the day. This year, I will probably have a truck mostly dedicated to sidewalks or smaller driveways with a 2 or 3 man crew.
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I assume they are employees who drive their own car,but you might want to check with lawyer,even if they use their own car and get in an accident you are still responsible.
     
  9. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Depends...cant remember specifics right now (been a while since I first talked to my lawyer & ins agent about doing it this way)......but its not that cut and dry.

    All but 1 of the guys driving their own vehicle, are driving to 1 area (2 HOA's down the street from each other) and working. And yes, these guys are employees...but they arent driving around from job to job. All my other walk work is handle by a 2 man crew in 1 of my trucks(employees), and a guy running solo in his own truck(sub).
     
  10. HTI

    HTI Member
    Messages: 38

    We rent a cargo van from local rental company each time a storm is predicted and 2 guys go out with blowers and salt in the van. Worked out well last year. Didn't have to take up a plow truck for walks and the workers had a nice van to drive around in all night.