general plowing


Junior Member
i'm pretty much new to plowing. my dad owns a chevy silverado and a western plow, which he said i can use whenever i want to go do any random jobs that might come up or to plow a friend or twos driveway. i was wondering how exactly you are supposed to plow a driveway or a parking lot. I have a general idea i think, but i could be wrong in my assumptions, so how do i go about driveways and parking lots? thanx in advance for any info!:confused:

Mick Veteran
sp33zero - first, Welcome to PlowSite. The winter's pretty much over, so you've got plenty of time to get ready for next winter. For the basics, go to the top of this page and click on "Snowplowing Contractor's Network". Then scroll down to the section titled "Diagrams...". This will give you an idea of two general residential layouts. Planning is the key - you have to know what's under what you're plowing or you're liable to break something, destroy the lawn or flowerbeds etc. Up here, we have to be careful of running over wellheads Also plan where you're going to stack the snow. Trying to push too much will get you stuck and then you're in a real bind. Push the first few snows back far enough to allow for more the rest of the winter - too many don't and get closed in. This was one of the best pieces of advise I got here. I'd suggest spending the first winter plowing your own driveway and maybe one or two of your good friends'. If you haven't already, learn about backdragging (do a "search"). If you're going to be doing parking lots or other peoples' drives, check into insurance (Commercial Vehicle and General Liability).

And stick around PlowSite. You'll be surprised how much you learn over the next 6-7 months.
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While you are there ( Snowplow contractors) you should look into buying chuck's snowplow handbook as well.

75 Addict
sp33zero - welcome to our "home"! In addition to the advice already posted, it can be helpful to have photos of the properties you will be plowing so you know what/where the obstacles are - it is easy to forget at 3:00 am...................

Parking lots - each one is generally unique, depending on how they are laid out some may be best handled by having different areas to pile the snow. Especially on a l-o-n-g lot, this is more efficient than trying to push it all to the back. This is something you need to determine for each lot.

Plowing for hire? Definitely look into the insurance situation. Both for the slip-and-fall lawsuit factor, and working around things like:

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Southwestern Pa.
75 is right about the insurance--do not assume that because "this truck's insured, here's the insurance card right here in the glove box", that you're insured for any damage you do while plowing snow, particularly if somebody's paying you to do it. Insurance companies want paid for the risks they're insuring, and they think (rightly) that plowing is riskier than driving to the grocery store.