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Sidewalk machine hauler....

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Ajlawn1, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    Picked up a lil Duramax box van for sidewalk rig hauler.... Should fit two Zsprays or one and skid of salt plus... Building a dovetail with ramps just finished the dovetail up.... Should be able to haul mowers etc in Summer too to be year round handy piece....

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  2. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,211

    Yes Sir, I think that will help you out. Nice piece.
     
  3. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    Yea cannot wait, to be able to shed a trailer is going to be great.... Almost finished her up today so far very happy how it's turning out... Finish up with a little Earl Shive paint work and find a guinea pig to drive something up it tomorrow...:laugh:

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  4. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,211

    Looks good! I like the dove tail idea. Don't have to leave the blowers running between sites. Should stay toasty in the van.
     
  5. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    Open to the driver cab or not???
     
  6. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    No it's a solid wall, which I think I prefer carrying fuel etc back there....
     
  7. S-205

    S-205 Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 357

    Cool! Duramax vans aren't all too easy to come by.
     
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  8. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    No its actually what turned me on to this one...gassers are everywhere....
     
  9. TerraScapesMT

    TerraScapesMT Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Cool rig. You mentioned ZSprays... Are you plowing snow with them?
     
  10. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136


    Yes we are, have a couple and looking to possibly add more....

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  11. TerraScapesMT

    TerraScapesMT Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Nice! Do they really work as well as it looks on Eric's video on youtube? We don't do fertilizing so I would be buying one for snow removal only. Can you spread deicer on a 5' sidewalk without putting half of it in the grass?
     
  12. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136


    Yes as I have told folks in the area they are by far the best snow removal investment in a piece of machinery that I have made. The spinner control motor is hydraulic so it has infinite speed control. 5' walk to 1' walk to 30' walk.... Only complaint would be with the blade on the pattern is not even or the best but not a deal breaker at all....
     
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  13. TerraScapesMT

    TerraScapesMT Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for the info, I appreciate it! I think i'm going to bite the bullet and try one out this winter.
     
  14. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    I think you will be pretty happy with the D max on the van. I have been tickled with the 2 that I have. One with 208,000 and one with 180,000. Have not really done anything to them except oil, tires, and brakes... lot of brakes. Oh, and blower fan resistors...

    Do yourself a favor now and take a look at the resistor on the fan motor. For some reason, both of the d max vans that I have have melted the harness to the resistor. Just pull the harness and take a look so you don't loose fan speeds in the middle of a snow storm.

    They pull trailers great for a van, get better mileage than the 6.0's, the 4.8's are close on the mileage as they have a few more gears to work with.

    Either way... nice setup!
     
  15. TerraScapesMT

    TerraScapesMT Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    A couple more questions for you... What are your thoughts on this not having a trip mechanism on the plow and using a rubber edge vs. steel? Do you have any problem with the rubber edge not scraping well? I don't envision a problem on our commercial route because everything gets deiced pretty heavily but i'm a little concerned about hard packed snow on residential drives or sidewalks.

    I appreciate any thoughts you might have.
     
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,855

    With the downpressure it has not been an issue, for us at least.

    Only issue is they only replace 5 shovelers while a Ventrac at 3-4x the cost replace 10.

    PS For the walks we do, the ZPlow is a no-brainer.
     
  17. Oxmow

    Oxmow Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    Did you custom make the blades, or buy them?

    Have you looked at the Snowrator?
     
  18. Ajlawn1

    Ajlawn1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136



    Gentlemen up in Grand Rapids Michigan makes the blade setups for them. I have not used the snowrator personally. I had the Zsprays and can use them year round so was a no brainer instead of another 10k for another machine etc... Love it and don't know what I would do with out it.... Have 5 guys shovel again I guess...
     
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  19. Mike NY

    Mike NY Senior Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 103

    Can you run salt brine through the sprayer? That would be cool for stairs and walkways!
     
  20. Oxmow

    Oxmow Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    I'm interested in any info you might be able to send me on the guys who do the blades. I also run a Z spray.
    It appears that there is a hydraulic lift to the blade?