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Best Equip for sidewalks snow removal

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Lawn Care Plus, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Lawn Care Plus

    Lawn Care Plus Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    This year I have new contracts for snow removal. These include HOA, residentials, and apartment comlexes.

    SIDEWALKS: I am thinking that an ATV with blade and an electric salt hopper on the back would be the best way to clear the walks of the apartment complexes.

    A friend mentioned a snow blower due to the fact that they are far cheaper, but I think that they would take to long to use and then go back over for salt.

    I do have a New Holland TC25DA with a loader but to me that is overkill for sidewalks and most likely too wide.

    What do you all recommend??

  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    An atv will definetly be the way to go due to their speed vs. a snow blower, thats a big investment though. New atv w/plow around 5-6k, used atv w/plow around 3500-5500.
  3. Lawn Care Plus

    Lawn Care Plus Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    Big investment, yes I know.

    Thank you for your reply.

  4. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    atv lots of money but quick as shyt

    snowblower would work good but not be as quick
  5. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    It would all depend on how many sidewalks you have and how "tight" the turns are (and cars parked over the edge). If there are a bunch of "short" runs, a snowblower may be the way to go. But if you have enough long runs, you may want to look into one of these. It's a bit overkill, but I can push alot of snow with no problem (and fast, too). You can certainly cut down on manpower and increase productivity, IMO.

    Depending on your circumstances, you also will need to determine how you will move it from job to job, whereas a snowblower will fit in the back of your truck. Good luck.

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  6. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    you could do a 2 stage snowblower 900-1200 or find a garden tractor and throw a plow on that
  7. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,866

    Quad wold be the ****. Tax write off and a sweet toy in the summer,spring,fall,winter. There are alot of options and implements for ATV's now a days.
  8. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    ATV if it is in your control and /or budget.
  9. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    ATV but make sure the plow isnt more than 48 inches otherwise your gonna be tearing up some grass
  10. Dano50

    Dano50 PlowSite.com Addict
    from CA
    Messages: 1,270

    Just don't forget to use Fluid Film! :bluebounc
  11. Stuffdeer

    Stuffdeer Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    Acually, all the sidewalks here are 60" wide.
  12. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    How about a John deere gator with 60" plow and bed snader/salter. The gator is 4x4 or even 6x6 and is enclosed with sum heater. I tihkn it would be a good investment. My school uses it for the walks and does great. Never any problems with power as fas as they told me. IMO. LawnInOrder
  13. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    Atvs are nice for smooth walks, dry snow not too deep. Hit a raised walk doing 5 mph and look out. Also I found out that some insurance co will not insure an atv for comm use..
  14. Andy N.

    Andy N. Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    We have used an ATV in the past, my insurance company insures it as a commercial entity. One problem we ran into before was that the cars parked over the edge of the walk making the pass too narrow for the quad. This may not be an issue at your property, but take a long look at the scope of work before buying. If it will work, it is also a great excuse for you to buy one under the business, write it off, and have a great toy for nine months of the year to use.