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Equipment Suggestions

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by lazyweekends1, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. lazyweekends1

    lazyweekends1 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I have a landscape maintenance company in NE North Carolina. Normally we do not get a lot of snow here, but the last couple of years we have had several storms that drop enough ice and snow to cause enough problems that I get a bunch of calls from my commercial clients looking for help. When I know a storm is coming I will spread salt/de-icing material in parking areas and on sidewalks. Then, depending on how much snow we get, I will shovel sidewalks and when we get several inches I will get my tractor with a bucket to clear parking lots.
    I realize this may not be the best way to do things but given the infrequency of snow in my area, I am not sure I want to spend a bunch of money on equipment dedicated to snow removal. So my question is, what do you all think about getting a couple of walk behind snow blowers to help speed up the removal process? Would these make a difference and if not, are there any other suggestions? Assuming the snow blowers is a good idea, what type/brand would you recommend? Appreciate any help and suggestions you can give an ignorant guy from the "tropics"
  2. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    Snowblowers are good for wet heavy snow usually over 3 or more inches. Any less than that and i feel it is not worn the time and effort to lug the thing around and load and unload it from a truck or trailer. If i were you I would look into an ATV or UTV with a snow plow or even a lawn tractor or zero turn mower plow if you mow grass. A ATV or UTV with a blade on it can make quick work of sidewalks and can also spread de icing materials.
  3. Chineau

    Chineau Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    Does your tractor have a three point hitch, if you are only doing a small number of properties a rear blower might do it for you.
  4. CurbKilla

    CurbKilla Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    a blade for a mower or 2 and chains for the tires. as long as the snow isn't deep that will be as inexpensive as it gets.