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Snowblowing in a blizzard

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by spitfire3416, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm new to snow removal and have 19 driveways to do (2/3 of them we have to clear the walkways as well). We're looking at somewhere around 20" of snow to end by tonight. Should we go out now and get started or just wait till it's all down? there's already a foot out there
  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 701

    If it were me, I'd do a run now. With a blower, you're not building up banks as much that will drift back in like you'd gave with a plow
  3. KildonanSnowRem

    KildonanSnowRem Member
    Messages: 72

    Get out there now.

    What blowers and how many guys working?
  4. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,465

    I would rather do 2 10" snows then 1 20" for sure.
  5. 2005STX

    2005STX Member
    Messages: 38

    We had a storm like that in Chicago back in 2010 and all my customers know that once 6inches are down Im plowing it. I refuse to let it accumulate on my bigger lots. I got about 3 plows out of that storm. I have had all my customers for 10 years if you are reliable and exsplain to them that much snow kills trucks they will understand. If they don't then I would move on from that customer. GOOD LUCK out there
  6. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction Senior Member
    Messages: 782

    What kind of blower? Single stage, GET OUT NOW! two stage, depending on motor size you could probably wait, but why risk killing your equipment. I'd get out now clear your drives, then when the storm is over it won't take as long to clear, and your customers are happier.
  7. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    better to keep up with it

    when it's like that here for resi's anyway, we do "cheap and dirty" no clean up in front of garage door, etc. Just try to keep everything functional, if anyone would need EMS service or ??? Most of them aren't going to make it very far even if they do have a running start from a clear driveway.
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,395

    If ur asking now, its to late.
  9. 2005STX

    2005STX Member
    Messages: 38

    yea it is. Go easy lasts thing you want its something to brake
  10. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    24" snapper 9 hp 2 stage, 22" craftsman 5 hp 2 stage, and then two toro 20" single stages. I'm afraid the single stages won't even make a dent in this
  11. FredG

    FredG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,699

    You can't leave your clients with a foot or 20'' even in a storm. You need to take care of the foot and the sidewalks now, Should of been long done. This makes no difference if your on seasonal or per trip that's a lot of snow. Should of had at least two trips on a foot.
  12. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    Yeah once 6" is down it really should be done. We are around 4 inches now so ill give it another few hours. I also like to think about how long it takes me to do my route. It takes me 8 hours and I know ill hit it twice, and they say it will stop around midnight... It makes sense to go out at 4pm. Just be smart. But with a foot down already you shouldnt be on plowsite, you should be blowing
  13. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Yes, this!!! You have no business leaving a foot of snow in somebody's driveway. What about pregnant wives, guys that have to get out to go to work, ambulance visits in an emergency??? Get out there and service your customers. Don't mean to be rude, but this would be a big deal to me if I were the homeowner.
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    What about the 30mpg + wind?
    Clear the drive just so it can drift in...?

    Just do a quick messy job at best if you do at this time.
    Get the bulk out.

    There not going anywhere any way.
    Call your customers and see when they have to get out.
    Watch the weather.
    When it starts to wind down, go hit it hard.

    If EMS can get to them.
    They can get to the house.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2016
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,395

    Huh, didn't know they rated or care how many Miles Per Gallon a snowblower gets ;)
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    Well, now you know.
  17. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,465

    The drives should be cleared you guys are right but my guess is these are secondary roads and probably havent been plowed yet so even if you can get out of your drive where you gonna go.
  18. jonniesmooth

    jonniesmooth Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    un plowed roads

    I've gone into sub divisions at 2 a.m., 2 feet of snow, bigger drifts. Get 1/2 way down once there's 2 trucks stuck in the road. I plow around them, pull them both out. They aren't customers of mine. Then they want me to plow the rest of the road so they can get home. I told them no, asked them what happens when I get stuck? The closest neighbor came out from all the commotion. I plowed his driveway so the other guys had a place to park and they walked home.

    Other time, I drive in, there's one of my competitor's truck and trailer stuck in the middle of the road, they are unloading the tractor from the trailer to blow a path. I turned around and went home for a 2 hour nap, then went back and did my drives.
    Sometimes you have to draw a line.
    Good times!
  19. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction Senior Member
    Messages: 782

    The only thing you're going to have luck with is your snapper. The craftsman will move too really help much, engine is too small (I have one as a back up and it's way underpowered). Hope you went out earlier, and everything went alright. Be safe.
  20. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 617

    I used 2 stage blowers for 9 years doing residential drives. And, 2 small 3,500 SF commercial jobs that opened late, short hours, not open every day.

    None of my residential customers needed to have their drive open up to go to work.

    Combine that with blowers are too slow to do anything twice and all my customers had no problem with waiting for the storm to end before I started. So there was no advantage to doing them twice when there was a storm.

    Using a plow is a different animal. Because it makes sense push with a storm does not mean that's the way it should be done with a blower.

    When you go out twice with a blower to do 6" in the middle of the storm then go out at the end and do another 6" is not going to make you faster. Basically all you are going to do is make the job take twice as long then if you went out once and did 2"