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25 Acres - 2 Trucks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BOSS LAWN, Sep 3, 2012.


    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    I recently got a 25 acre apartment building, right now I have 2 trucks ready to go. If it snowed tomorrow, Im thinking it would take us about 5 hours to plow.

    about 9 seperate parking lots, speed bumps every 50-75 feet on the main entry ways and constant traffic. 5 hours seem right with 2 trucks?
  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    What type of plows are you running? That will have a big impact. A skid with a pusher would help out a lot,but I have not seen the property so I can't really tell you production times. Speed bumps are not fun to deal with. Late at night and you forget one there and bam. Something is broke and it may be your face hitting the windshield!
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    If your taking 25 acres of asphalt parking surface your waaaay low on time. I find a lot of people say a "25 acre site", then dont bother to take out the lawn, building, or 15 acre wooded area. Generally the accepted production number for a pickup with 8' straight blade is about an acre an hour, then adjust for difficulty.
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Yeah, no way you're plowing 25 acres of cut up parking area in 5 hours with two pickups. Is it actually 25 acres of hottop?
  5. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Lets see some pics of the property.....
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    We could care less how big the property is. How much ashphalt is there?
  7. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    I have a 20 acre site - 20 acres of pavement - we use two 3 yard wheel loaders, 2 trucks wont cut it
  8. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    if it truly is 25 acres of apartment parking lot.... 2 truck is never going to cut it what about area for piling snow.?? you would be better off with a couple of skips with pushes so you dont bury cars parked... but i really would find it hard to believe 25 acres of paved surface for an apartment complex.... heck some malls don't eaven have that
  9. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Uhhh, no, not if it's 25 acres of pavement.

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

  11. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 851

    OK, lets get something straight here.... its all the driveway and parking areas around the buildings with the triangles on the roofs?

    If so I measured approx 6 acres of plow-able area. Some may say more but I didn't account for all the parking spaces since the majority of the time they will be filled with cars. So in this case yes 2 guys 5 hours would be fine if you have experience plow drivers and something other then a straight blade.

    How do you get referring to this as a 25 acre site? If you measured the entire property that is useless info. If I have the wrong property then sorry.
  12. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    ^ x2.......
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Maybe 5 trucks in 4 hrs ,not a straight push anywhere.What does this place look like after midnight?
  14. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Assuming the scale on Google is correct, I measure from 65th to Zane and Douglas Rd to County Rd 14 and I come up with about 6.5 acres.

    Then again, I would never try to give an estimate without looking at a lot--especially an apartment complex--a couple times at different times of the day.

    There's a lot of unproductive time in those lots, I would guesstimate more than half your time will be backing up, turning around, lining up to pull out areas, etc.

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Thanks for the responses, I measured & walked the entire property.
  16. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    And what was your measurement ?
  17. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475


    What he said.
  18. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Well, not real sure from the pics but all those apartment spots in the picture with only two trucks sounds unlikely in 5 hours. Maybe its only part of the picture?

    Not sure what all is included, but a tractor with blade and blower, skid steer and a truck for salt, maybe more. That is if it pays.

    Could you be more specific? What did you actually measure it up as?
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012
  19. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475


  20. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    With 2 trucks, the account probably will not be worth it, IMO, you could pick up alot of other less hassle accounts in the time you'd spend there, and with a lot less "dead time".