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Walk-behind 2 stage snowblowers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by SDLandscapes VT, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 299

    Good evening all,

    We run a concierge residential snow removal service in northwestern VT. It is a small portion of our business and frankly I havent developed it much yet, but I see some potential and I am working towards better systems etc. We use 2 stage snowblowers as we can receive large amounts of wet snow frequently and I need to keep my route times pretty static. I have the skis set at one paint stick thickness off the asphalt so we leave the thinnest of snow layers on the asphalt. This isn't a problem if there is no packed snow on the drive, the drive is quality smooth asphalt, and the temperature stays above zero and the sun shines. I don't set the skis all the way down because we do sidewalks and we have uneven asphalt and I got tired of jarring my teeth with impacts every five feet. Has anyone perfected a rubber cutting edge that can clean the asphalt (non packed snow) and reduce impacts on the operator/machine. I dont want to reinvent the wheel here--does anyone have any suggestions??


  2. jjklongisland

    jjklongisland Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    If you run a two man crew have someone follow up with a single stage so it will get down to the surface...
  3. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    We go back and skim the walks with 30" shovels before we apply chemical. Little extra work, but it saves on chemical and leaves a dry surface.