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Stairwells

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by NeighbourL, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. NeighbourL

    NeighbourL Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 16

    Is there any equipment or techniques recommended for big stairwells? Right now we just hand shovel, which is difficult for bigger and heavier snow falls.
     
  2. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Put a roof over the well.
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,476

    use a small single stage snow blower for the bulk then hand shovel the remainder.
     
  4. NeighbourL

    NeighbourL Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 16

    Do we build the roof, or can you buy a pre fab roof?
     
  5. cat10

    cat10 Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    We just got our first one this year and a 2 inch storm I had to shovel it boy did that suck I can't image a 24inch storm
     
  6. NeighbourL

    NeighbourL Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 16

    Hopefully we don't get too many more like that. Our properties are all on contract
     
  7. grnstripes

    grnstripes Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    We use a big backpack blower for stairs on most storms
    Works real well
     
  8. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    We have 4 of these. Only by request because these are access to boilers, furnaces, ect. All are churches. We give upfront prices by the inch of snow. All are 20 steps or more. We have to shovel, 2 people, load on tarps and carry out, Can take a couple or 3 hours. Start at @100 and up. We get 6 to 8 calls a year. Even though good money, we dread it. As well as the customer!
     
  9. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Need a Snow Vacuum
     
  10. NeighbourL

    NeighbourL Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 16

    You got one?
     
  11. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    if it is access to boiler rooms, then you have it easy, hook up a hose to the boilers, start at the bottom and steam the steps off, takes one guy twenty minutes to do 30 steps. Fire escapes around a square mile building is a whole different animal.
     
  12. NeighbourL

    NeighbourL Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 16

    Appreciate all your feedback! Thank you!