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Extreme cold, what do you do....

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by White Gardens, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Alaska guys probably would laugh, but I'd thought I would ask.

    So, this weekend we are probably going to see some records for low temps (-20*F) Sunday night after our 3"-8" storm passes through with 25-35mph wind gusts.


    I'm nervous as to how well the equipment will hold up with the extreme temps. My central hydraulics acts up a 10* and lower.

    And, I'm thinking about telling my customers that no sidewalks will be shoveled until the temps reach an acceptable level.

    What I'm getting at, is this weekend is going to be dangerous. Has anyone dealt with this type of extreme conditions and what did you do?

    Please discuss.

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2014
  2. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    I will probably just take it slow and easy. My first year with a tractor/blower, I am not sure what to expect. Might even run the tractor to the shop where it's 65, and let it sleep there for the weekend. The F350 stays in the shop for my partner. -6 and the Boss V-XT starts to get sloooow. The Ebling has never seen temps that low. I will still shovel the condo units that need it.
  3. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    Im glad it didn't get too cold while there was still snow to be moved here. I would just take it easy and I would not be getting out of the truck to shovel at -20*F, ill let everyone know I will do them once it warms up to about 0 atleast if not more
  4. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    -6 here tonight should i let the truck idle for a few hours during the cold?
  5. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Take it easy and equipment warm up, you'll be fine.
  6. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Has not been over 0 degrees out in 2 weeks here, just let everything warm up good.
  7. Dlongerman

    Dlongerman Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 299

    Hey guys not to jack the tread. But at what point do you need to leave your diesel truck running over night? I am worried that with these temperatures that i will not be able to start my truck. I have been running attitive so i am not worried about jelling. But any advice would be helpful.
  8. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    About the same here, it warmed up to 18 today, high of -16 and a low of -25 on Monday.
  9. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,831

    Like everyone else said, take it easy, try not to slam everything around, don't be afraid to let equipment run to warm up, or even just to keep it warm/running, dress appropriately, and bring multiples of easy layer.
  10. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    There talking 50 to 60 below by me Sunday afternoon thru Monday. No snow for me but in our cold storage area should I plug skids in or just leave them sit. I think it will be office work for me....not taking diesel out of garage at those temps. That's just brutal. We're in wind chill warning starting tomorrow through Tuesday night.
  11. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    With the wind last night it was a balmy -29f. Did a quick scrape of the slushy crap and a re salt that the traffic and sun light cleared up everything during the day today.
  12. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well I have a cover on the front of my 7.3 but I have started it being -27 plugged in no problem.
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Just plug it in. It ain't gunna be that bad this weekend
  14. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I just had a nice 2 week cold snap(now it's barely freezing) it was around -35c, we just bundle up & stay moving, equipment, just let it warm up, & don't go extra hard with it, it will be fine, you & shovelers though, keep your hats & gloves on & the truck running with the heat on :)
  15. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    If you can plug it in you should be ok.

    What truck/motor as well? If it's a newer Common Rail style diesel motor it would probably start on it's own but plugging it in won't hurt anything.

    I'll probably run a little more fuel additive then I normally do, maybe grab a bottle or two of 911 treatment in case something does gel up. I also keep fuel filters in my cab in the event something gels up I have warm fuel filters to put on it. Also my pickup will stay running the whole time unless it's at home in the heated shop. I'm not afraid to shut it off for an hour or two when it's that cold, it's just that when the truck shuts off so does my heater :eek:
  16. zlssefi

    zlssefi Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    Any equipment with block heaters get plugged in. No need to leave diesels running provided there is a block heater. Gas engines are fine, we have 6 gas trucks and 4 diesels they all started yesterday morning at 0 degrees.
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    What's your reason/justification for not shoveling the walks?
  18. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    Who needs to be outside when its -20 or more? Not to mention its just flat out dangerous for both your workers and clients
  19. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    Just a thought-if its in your service agreement that you do walks, I would certainly do them. Just think, you decide its too cold to get out and do walks, customer falls and hits their head, dies of cold. But judge, it was too cold for me to shovel!
  20. jbsplow

    jbsplow Senior Member
    from -
    Messages: 125

    Lol if u cant handle -20 degree weather maybe you shouldnt be in snow removal. All part of the process... I wouldnt tell anyone i couldnt remove snow for them cause its to cold. Theyll find some one else