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Average length of your route

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Kodiakguy, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I was just wondering how other people are with their routes.

    We try to keep ours at about 5 or 6 hours. We make good money and I know we have room for more. But I like to leave room for error, anything from a truck going down to a nasty storm with traffic nightmares. It lets us get everyone done on time.
  2. Herm Witte

    Herm Witte Senior Member
    Messages: 595

    We try to keep them around six as well.
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Considerably shorter this year so far....Friggen dumb a@@ lowballers. Same as you guys, 5-6hrs more towards the 5hr side.
  4. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    same here 5-6 hours.
  5. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    8-10 deepending on the snowfall. Equipement routes are also different, we run 24hrs a day, 12hr shifts, but there is lots of clean up and hauling after a snowfall is done sometimes
  6. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    We are around 4 hrs for our resi and commercial. The larger sites with dedicated equipment go to 6 hours. Hauling snow is always done 48 hrs after a storm, and continues till its all done.
  7. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I keep mine to around 6 for employees, my route is usually 10 or so, but I try to keep up with superman most snow days. I am servicing a zero tolerance lot this year that is 14 acres, so I would guess I will be out for 20 or so hours each storm.
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    with 2 Jeeps
    a 2" storm about 4 hours
    4 inch ~6 -7
    20 inch ~22 hours

    21 miles to drive past each of my 110 customers

    ~220 miles to plow a 6" storm (odos now track reverse mileage)
  9. Tubby's Snow Plowing

    Tubby's Snow Plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    Yup, 5 to 6 hours. 5 hours is nice, but I try to allow 8 hours for really big storms.
  10. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 323

    Lol, usually takes 7-8 hrs for the route but I'm typically out for atleast 30 hrs at a clip before everythings done.
  11. Landcare - Mont

    Landcare - Mont Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    This depends a lot on the timing of the snowfall. If it starts to snow during the day, we send out 4 or 5 machines to keep the entrances, loading docks and laneways in the parking lots usable. Then, we usually send out the entire crew about 9 p.m. and they should all be back at the shop by 7 or 8 a.m. We tell our customers that they'll be open for 7 a.m. If the snow has stopped, everyone gets to go home and comes back in for 9 p.m. that night to do everything again. Second pass usually takes about 5 or 6 hours, depending on what time the snow stops.

    Our municipal stuff starts at 5 centimetres and keeps going all the roads are clean after the snow stops. Each wingtruck usually does a minimum of 5 hours per snowfall.
  12. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    A few years ago, I only had 2 trucks. I loaded them full with 10hrs of plowing each. Luckily we didn't have any breakdowns. Big storms weren't fun, as we ended up being out way to long. Now I schedule trucks around 6-8hrs max. I mostly do driveways, although commercial jobs are starting to come my way.
  13. Chris112lee

    Chris112lee Member
    Messages: 64

    I run 8hrs for commercial route, then another 5 for daytime residential.
  14. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    We are at 8-10 hrs for 2-4" of snow.
  15. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    5-7. If we are showing up more then 7 hours later that is completely unexeptable imo.