Eric: Looks like we're in for more of the same. We've got a "colorado low" tracking straight for us. Our winter storm warning is predicting snow in excess of 25cm and winds gusting up to 70km. When you're home asleep after yours, we'll be out dealing with ours. Good luck.
I think I'll try to plow w/o the sling on my shoulder this time. I like to think I'm a quick healer, and it's too irritating to have zero use of my left arm. The doctor will be pissed, but hey, what are you gonna do?
I think most will tell you that there are much better margins in ice control than in snowplowing.... so, go get 'em with the salt/sand/magic/etc...!!!!!!
I'd much rather do ice control every day, than plowing day after day after day. Total dollars are higher with plowing, but I like better margins more. As I've been told by many that are much smarter than me.... "take the margins over the volume".
To go along with what John just said, this morning I ran through my commercial accounts with salt. 12 stops, less than 4 1/2 hrs, including the time it took me to pick up salt yesterday. Right around $200 in salt & magic. That run generated $675 in sales. So with material out that's still a little over $100 an hour for a 5 yd dump. Not too shabby when you consider that tri-axle dumps only get $45/hr around here. Granted, nobody runs their tri-ax on roads covered with freezing rain, but no big deal in that, I LOVE driving on ice!
The weather guessers were right.
We got 13" and had 40 MPH winds, so we had some drifts as deep as 3 feet on some driveways. We ended up plowing all 61 driveways twice and then we plowed out the drifts after the wind died down early this morning. I plowed from 10:30 AM yesterday until 5:30 this morning, so I got a work out. This staying up all night gets harder every year.
The temperatures could drop to -10 degrees tonight, so I think winter is here and we will definatly have a white Christmas, since 3" of snow could drop tomorrow and more Friday too.