Done for the season???

SlimJim Z71 Addict
Cary, IL
As much as I hate to say it... it's not looking like I'll be doing any more plowing this season. I know there's still a month or so left of winter, but it's looking pretty grim. Temps are staying fairly warm, and then dropping to VERY cold. But it seems as though whenever there's precipitation around, the temps go back up. It's driving me nuts! I think it's getting to be time to start focusing on what I'm going to do for summer work.


4 Saisons

Senior Member
you're right, better focussing on summertime. And if the snow come, i think you're more than ready to deal with it.


p.s. are you still planning on sweeping?
BTw if you did'nt got a lot of snow this winter, may be some bizz will go out of the games and this will bring you some new contract for next years!

plowjockey Sponsor
Dayton, Ohio USA
I agree with your statement about some operators going out of business. Myself I'm not going anywhere...not going skiing, not going out plowing, not going much of anywhere but back to storage with the surplus salt etc.
Oh yeah I guess I am still going to my day job. G.M. has this odd idea about me being there every day to get paid a full check. LOL
Tim unfortunately I think I agree with your assessment.


Somerville MA.
I know what you mean Slimjim, it looks like the oldman is taking an early exit this year. What really burns me is that I keep reading about how large parts of the country are above average with snowfall. Boston is at 22" for the season but our average is 41" :mad: ! To top it off it was 54 today .


Senior Member
It looks like it time to start early spring clean-ups.

I do want to take the time to say thank you to everyone. My first year plowing was a success in part to the great advise I received from this forum.



Senior Member
Albany NY
JD Plower

I'm in Albany same situation yearly avg about 64" got about 32-34". The farmers almanac predicts a lot of snow in April. It actualy says as much as fell in the rest of the winter will fall in April. I dont know if this is gonna play out or if the farmers had a littlt JD before they wrote it but I hope they're right. It was in the low 50's here today too. I finaly took the plow off my truck I think I only used it twice since the end of December.

John DiMartino Veteran
Gentlemen-store the salt,pack everything away-put the plow setup in the back corner of the shop,wash it all down.I guarantee you you'll get blasted the day after you pack it away,and will be scrambling to get it all back on the trucks.I hope we get 2 more events-but not huge ones.I think we are above our average for the season.My books show we had about 50"" this year total.


North-West IL
Good thing for the ( 2000) December too remember. I do not remember a January & February in the same year with no snow March should bring us in the mid west at least one plowable event. It allways snows one time in march ( yet it allways snow in jan & feb)


Senior Member
I don't know about you guys but around here we normally get quite a bit of snow in march. A lot of the forecasters in the area are saying above average snow fall the rest of the winter. We are already 20+ inches above our average in our area. Don't give up hope yet. A lot of winter left. Tim I'am going to try to get you a photo of my sweeping machine. It sounds like you need a good laugh and my machine will give it to you. I just don't have a clue how to send it yet. When I figure it out, I'll send it. Jeff
SlimJim Z71

SlimJim Z71 Addict
Cary, IL
Thanks Jeff. If you've got it saved on your computer, you can just e-mail it to me if you want.

I guess in a way I was kind of hoping by starting this thread that Mother Nature would turn the tables on me and drop some snow! I'm hearing now that we're supposed to get some wintery-mix of weather towards the weekend... maybe this cold front will hang around a little longer and turn that rain into white stuff...

I'm in the same boat, and maybe after this weekend I'll mean that literally. Supposed to be back in the forties, maybe fifty, and rain. No plowing for jJan or Feb, but I have gotten to salt quite a bit andeven hauling ag lime for ice and gravel for thawed drives. I think we're done. Even started looking at customers for spring cleanup work yesterday and we don't do much of that. If its not going to snow then let the frost be gone!

Alan Addict
March historically brings the heaviest snows to Vermont. So far we're just about at the season average, 72" or so against anormal season of 79.2 for the year. I may have jinxed it as I brought in a loader on a few sites this morning and moved banks back to have room for the next storm. If there is a next storm. Last year I moved banks back and the next day we went into a full blown thaw that kept up until the ground was BARE! I expect at least two more plowable events, possibly one of them a major storm. I'll tell you more in April.
I heard the maple sap is already running down in the mid latitudes.

Not quite so warm here as we have -22 degrees Celcius today, and 4" called for tomorrow.

We aren't quite done for the year - in fact, I signed up three more residentials (contracts-only) Monday for the balance of the season. We have had 288 cm of snow (=113 inches) so far and people are just getting fed up with the shovelling. In fact, I've heard of fights between neighbours about where all the snow is piled - water in basements in the spring - type of arguements.

With all the snow and no thaw this winter, cutting edge wear is not even measurable - we rarely touch the gravel or asphalt.

75 Addict
My $.02 worth:

I'm about 2-1/2 hours south of Deere John, I say the same thing he does: Referring to my earlier thread, "It's not over yet!"

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