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What are you changing for next year V2.0

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Mark13, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    Let's try this again.

    Since most are having a pretty good winter, what are you looking to change or add to your operation before next winter?

    For me, I plan to replace my truck and add different tracks to my ctl.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 1, 2014
  2. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    Going to have more "per-push" accounts and hopefully a nice western wide out for my truck
  3. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Maybe a new plow over the summer
  4. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I'm going to change up some accounts looking to hopefully get out of HOA work especially ones with walks. We had some nasty storms with extreme cold/wind this year, IMO there is to much risk with them due no good way mechaniclly to remove the 18"+ of drifted snow.
  5. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    Currently looking for a used truck. Wanna redo the suspension in the Chevy. More or less looking to get out of the apartment complexes I plow and pick up more straight forward lots.
  6. EPM

    EPM Member
    Messages: 92

    Some type of paperless system for driver service logs. My office manager had almost 60 hours into January invoicing.
    New truck, salter and push box for the loader.
  7. indplstim

    indplstim Senior Member
    Messages: 195

    you should look into some of the phone apps for keeping track.of.time and.location. I.use an app.called.timepunch light, pretty slick for what I.use it.for
  8. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Add a second tractor/blower.... maybe 2 more...
  9. forwhlr989

    forwhlr989 Member
    Messages: 34

    looking to add a new primary truck/plow and maybe add another truck
  10. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,806

    Drop some residential and add more commercials.
  11. PlowMan03

    PlowMan03 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 471

    Going to swap my 8' Fisher straight blade for a 8'6" xtreme v
  12. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Looking to add a bigger Gehl Skidsteer or 908 cat loader if I can find one that has the road gear.

    Add a 10' pusher Thinking Boss B10 if I go with a Loader If I go the skid steer then may buy the Sno blade 9ft model from Pro-Tech

    Build a bigger salt bin

    Add a pre wet system to my V box

    Thinking about updating my 9.6 V plow to a new model its getting 5 years old

    Its time to raise my prices I do this every 5 years
  13. Snow Business 1

    Snow Business 1 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I used to use ATV's to plow sidewalks and got sick of them braking down every storm. Switched to 2 stage Toro 26" snowblowers and have not regretted it one second. They are amazing will easily go through 18" drifts. I watched one of my guys mow through a 4' pile of snow from a City truck. Best decision I made this year and I do quite a few large HOA's.
  14. yardguy28

    yardguy28 Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    my plan is to only do snow for those that I cut grass for. no more 1 time pushes or people who only use me for snow. also if needed I'm either gonna add a 2 stage snow blower or an employee.
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,394

    Maybe plow

    Maybe new truck

    Maybe new lights

    Maybe another fuel tank

    Maybe another dog

    Maybe another wife/GF

    So many possible combos.
  16. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    One of my large properties has been mostly unoccupied, so the service there was low priority and minimal sidewalk work... the loading docks didn't need to be done etc. Now the local Ambulance Dispatch is moving into that building, taking over all the remaining space in the building, so it is becoming a top priority job (since ambulances are a little bit important). Need to add another truck and driver. Deciding between a shortbox or a Jimmy/Blazer to keep it easy for them to drive with a winged Boss 8.2 V plow on the front and Arctic 8' pull plow on the rear.

    For the extra sidewalks, I need more reliable and self sustaining sidewalk people. Looking at an small aluminum bodied Grumman van for them, roll up door and add a ramp on the rear. Room inside to carry blowers, ice melters, liquid sidewalk sprayer, etc. inside nice and dry AND lockable, so they don't all need to be unloaded after every shift. The one I'm looking at is an ex-postal unit with low kms... probably lots of hours tho, gotta go look this week. Its a diesel, which is good and bad... Its a shorty, so hopefully Joe Blow can back it up without destroying it.

    Want to get liquids premixed and ready for pretreating sidewalks and prewetting on the spreader when the temps drop.

    Maintenance and Repairs!!! Seems to be an endless list of little things that need to be done every year, this year is no different... BUT better to do it in the good weather than have it fail in the snow storms...

    Endless paperwork needs to be caught up, too!! Record keeping, tax forms, etc. etc. I would like to have some office help this year too, even if its only a few days a month.

    OH and I desperately need a vacation away from here, haven't had one in many many years... :/
  17. rjm06590

    rjm06590 Member
    from de
    Messages: 56

    Nice v box and maybe a skid steer if I find one for the right price.
  18. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    I want a 8.5 extreme v.
  19. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,417

    Might make a set of wings for my blade. Depends Im still debating on it. :D
  20. Tj4CX

    Tj4CX Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I'm looking for a 18'x 18" steel blade that angles with a JRB coupler. The distribution center we plow constantly has trucks packing the snow down like concrete.