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Fast Food Drive-Thru's

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MatthewG, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    I rarely go through the "Drive-Thru" whether it be the McDonalds, Burger King, etc. However after getting my BK double bacon stacker or whatever it was, I started to make the hard and I mean hard left turn to go around the building. Curbs on both side my rear wheel almost rode up with my reg cab 8' bed.

    How do you manage plowing such tight lanes? I can tell you it is 12' wide, since I measured it with my wheel. I cant see how you can hook a plow and make a clean pass without hitting a curb

    Just was thinking about this all afternoon, I never plowed a double curb drive thru, and I bid on this one a little while back.
  2. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    I used to do a Taco Bell which was like that. It was horrible. We have other ones that aren't bad, it just gets a little frustrating to sit in a line with your plow down behind 6 people who gotta have their burger at 3:30am. Thats why they're bid by the minute.
  3. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I did one a few years ago and had to use the skid and it's bucket.
  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    You may have to angle the plow one way or another or even reposition the plow as you are driving through. Sometimes though, it's just too tight and you have to suck it up and snowblow or shovel.
  5. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    I thought that when you had 600 lbs. ft., the curbs automatically widened themselves out for fear of all that powah. :p
  6. PGHplowguy

    PGHplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    I have bank drive-thrus to deal with. Most are straight. All are about 3 inches, literally, wider then my truck. For your curved 12' wide drive-thrus you will need to angle the plow the opposite way you want to so that you make the bend without crushing the side of the plow and running up over the curb with your rear inside wheel(s). You will miss the outside section in the bend though. Most likely just get out, grab a shovel and enjoy the cold dry air.
  7. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Skid steer or small pickup (ranger, etc) with a 6 1/2' blade would be best. I hate going through those drivethrus in my truck in the winter with my plow on and up, I'd hate to actually plow it. Oh, and you should prolly think about these kinds of things before bidding next time. :p
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Haha. 600? More like 1000 :cool: The curbs actually lower, as they bow with respect for the DODGE!!!! :D