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Farmers Hauling Snow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JD Dave, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    We rented a Komatsu 500 for $1500 for the week but on the second load the hydraulics failed so we did it ourselves. We hauled around 600 loads in 31 hours over 2 nights, I ran the one loader for a while but two of my guys James and Craig did the bulk of the loading. We loaded for 19 hours straight and then another 12 the next night.

  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Did you put all of it in your front yard?
  4. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I love those John Deere telehandlers. I don't know why they stopped making them. Do you like yours? A company near me uses one, and they stack their piles way higher than anyone else in the area can. Looks like a lot of fun to use.

    thats a nice chunk of snow the guy gets in the end of the second video
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2008
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    It's great for snow and that's pretty much all we use it for.
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Every kid in the neighbour hood is in my front yard now.:D
  7. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    When I load my boat in the summer out of the water onto the trailer, it never quite goes far enough on the trailer. I pull it out, hook up the chains, then get going a few MPH and slam on the brakes. Slides right in place, every time. People watching think I'm crazy tho
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Whatever works. LOL
  9. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Let me know when you want to retire that JD telehandler!

    Would love to have it.
  10. MB3

    MB3 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Looks like fun

    That looks like some fun. And a good chunck of money. Glad you had a place to so with it.
  11. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    Nice videos JD. :drinkup:
  12. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    Nice videos, that is pretty neat how he unloaded the truck
  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,258

    Dang, that was a butt load of snow in that pile.

    Cool vids.
  14. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    cant all be like me ha ha ha:p
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2008
  15. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Here's the 500, broke down in the pile. LOL

    Thanks for the comments and I'm not sure why Deere stopped making telehandlers.


    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    I hesitated before this reply so not to start anything bad here but boy loading that way seems awfully slow considering the hourly rates of the trucks waiting but in your situation, the loader goes down and you got all your trucks lined up and ready I would have done the same thing. We usually use end dump semis and load with a min of a 6yd bucket. Which it sounds like you started out doing. As far as unloading that Kenworth without a hoist near the end of last winter we were hauling wet snow and one of the end dumps had liners on the floor and both walls he could literally raise the box about 18inches and the whole load would slide right out kinda looked like godzilla taking a crap! Again I hope this didnt come out wrong no harm intended.
  17. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    nice videos....those arent your dumps are they?
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2008
  18. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    There has to be an easier way to get the snow out of the dump truck. You must be charging by the hour. The snow should be over now, I just got another 45 tonnes of salt today.
  19. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    my jd dealer told me is a patant issue...I still want one of the ones jd dave has...
  20. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    You didn't come off wrong, we had 6 trucks lined up because the dump site was pretty close, we sent one truck home immediatly and then another one 8 hours later so, 4 trucks were perfect for the our 2 loaders and we had another one pushing up plus another one that I was driving to help out.. I didn't think 8 buckets/triaxle were that bad, we averaged about 20 loads/ hour and I gave the customer an approximate price and we came in well under that. It was only costing them a litlle over $800/hour so they were pretty happy. LOL Nobody has small end dumps around here like in the US. they are all 3 and 4 leggers and the dump site we have is not suitable for trucks that big. To tell you the truth if we ever have to haul snow again, we will do it the exact same way, I'm not even going to bother trying to find another big loader.