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What do you wear plowing???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by HandyHaver, Dec 9, 2000.

  1. HandyHaver

    HandyHaver Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I was just wondering if there are certain brands of clothes,
    gloves, boots hats ect. that may be prefered. I am going to be plowing mostly res. drives & clearing walks. I'll have help with me running the snow blower to do the walks, but I'm sure that I'll be done before they are ( on some) and I'll get the shovel. I can see me being in & out of the truck ALOT!!! I hunt all winter long and know how to dress in layers, have decent boots, gloves ect. Are there any preferences or just common sense.
     
  2. jaclawn

    jaclawn Member
    Messages: 92

    NO jackets with collars or hoods. My head spins around too many times, and I end up with severe irritation on my neck from the collar rubbing.
     
  3. RB

    RB Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    Clothing

    I wear carhartt coveralls some waterproof boots ($24.00 from KMart), a headband that covers ears and most importantly a good pair of gloves; the type w/fingers exposed. I put them on when I leave the house and leave them on until I get home.

    I think the key is to be comfortable. Don't worry too much about dressing for artic weather. You'll be working hard and generating some heat.
     
  4. iowastorm

    iowastorm Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    Birthday suit with coat and tie. I like to make a good impression on our clients.
     
  5. HandyHaver

    HandyHaver Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I would think the cold would tend to shrink the impressionable aspects of your appearance................
     
  6. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

  7. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    What... his ears ??
     
  8. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    All my guys have Carhartt cloats and lined pants for plowing, the Shovelers get coveralls.

    Geoff
     
  9. Lazer

    Lazer Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    All our trucks have heaters.

    Our guys are required to wear collared shirts (polo) and be clean shaven in case they come into contact with a customer.

    I myself prefer a short sleeve polo with dockers. I keep the gloves, carhart jacket (for repairs) and leather coat (for style) in the back seat, but I don't wear that while plowing.

    Turn up the heat, keeps the windows clear!
     
  10. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    I plow in t-shirt and jeans. A quilted flannel shirt and watch cap on the seat go on when I need to clear walks, the leather coat hanging on the hook behind the drivers seat goes on when I need to deal with a customer. Oh yeah several pairs of insulated work gloves lined up on the floor to dry (courtesy of a friend at the local electric utility).
     
  11. landscaper3

    landscaper3 Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    In truck sweatshirt and jeans with rubber boots, outside Carhartt jacket & pants almost indstructable and real warm!!!!!
     
  12. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    Long johns, comfortable jeans, T-shirt, Oh... take the wallet out of the back pocket, makes for a sore back after a few hours.

    -Tim
     
  13. CCLC

    CCLC Member
    Messages: 91

    Comfortable clothes. If you will be sitting for a while wear comfortable clothes. If you have to get out windproof coat, hat, gloves, and warm sorel boots. Keep the feet warm and dry.
     
  14. iowastorm

    iowastorm Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    In all seriousness from my last post, it's supposed to get to around -15 overnight on Mon/Tues with windchills around -40. 'Style' and looks aren't going to be a concern for us, but rather keeping our staff warm and safe. I'd rather focus on quality of work, rather than how we look; especially at 3a.m.
     
  15. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    I wear comfortable jeans,a t-shirt,then a long sleeve hooded sweater,and a pair of sorel boots,on the seat i have a polar king coverall in case i have to get out for long time or get stranded,you could sleep in this thing outside at zero and not get cold.I also keep 2 pr of work gloves in the truck,ans a a box of rubber disposable food service gloves,a throw them on when i have to reload the v-box,get dirty under the hood,or adjusting the chain or shovel-they keep my hands clean and are very cheap.I hate dirty hands,Ive got a complex about having clean hands,And i wont even touch my steering wheel with dirty hands,let alone plow for hrs like that.
     
  16. cowboy

    cowboy Member
    Messages: 75

    hehe not bashing you lazer but I would love to see you sloshing around in the snow in your dockers hehe

    I'd say if you want good cold weather, durable, American made (except for a few carhartt products), clothes go with Carhartt, Key or Walls, I own all three and they are awesome very durable and warm.

    cowboy
     
  17. Lazer

    Lazer Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    Why would I be out in the snow?

    I stay in my truck or in the office.
     
  18. cowboy

    cowboy Member
    Messages: 75

    I was just kidding