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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by K&N Snow, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. K&N Snow

    K&N Snow Member
    Messages: 45

    I am looking in to buying a GPS system for my fleet and I was wondering if any of you run one? Has it saved you money and how much? What did the system cost, and how much is the monthly fee for tracking?(per unit) Any other input will help.
  2. Stripe This

    Stripe This Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 31

    I have a friend that spent $30k on outfitting all of his vehicles and equipment in his fleet...I'm guessing 10-15 units. Think he said in the neighborhood of $35k. He loves it and swears by it.

    I went a more economical route...GPS tracking through the cell phone. It's worked for us and cost us an additional $25 per cell phone.
  3. I think this is the one I am going to go with. Its cheap (I think about $150 but dont quote me) and no monthly fees. Grant it you can't track live with it but it tells you everything the truck did when the truck gets back to the yard.

    Check out the "Vehicle Tracking Reports" on this page:


    Andre' is my sales rep.
  4. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

    Hey K&N, let me know when you would like to do that online demo
  5. Mustang

    Mustang Member
    from NY
    Messages: 63

    Driveway Doctor, I believe I had the previous version of the unit you're talking about; the shadow tracker jr. I don't know how your planning on using it but if it works the same way that unit needs to be disconnected from the vehicle and attached to your computer to download the info. The unit works fine but there was too much play involved with it. All drivers knew where it was and how to diconnect it since it had to be brought to the office at the end of the day. There were times when the power had mysteriously gone out and data was missing. Also, the units were dropped and they did not hold up well after a while. I was ordered the p2 unit.This unit can be installed covertly and downloads automatically when it comes within range of the base unit so one needs to know where it is installed or how it is wired. This unit, as the j2, does not give you real time tracking either. Just something to think about.
  6. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I'm considering the daily/weekly downloadable versions also. I like the idea of it beaming to the base unit when close. But if it didn't and my guys shut it off or data was missing, that would only happen once. Then the guy would be gone. If they are dis-honest enough to shut it off, then they are dis-honest enough to steal from you.
  7. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Here's a funny GPS story.

    I bought a box of 35 old used Blackberry's at an auction. I taped one to each of the zero turn lawn mowers under the seat. After a day I pulled my guys over and showed it to them. I told them I had been down loading all the information for the last week. I asked if there was anything they wanted to tell me before I told them about the information I had. You should have seen their faces. They were thinking back about what had happened during the week. I said, "now that you know its there." I will give you one more week to make it right."

    It only took about 2 days before I ever time I saw them I would start laughing so I had to tell them. I still have 30 or so left if anyone else want to try it.
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    There is a article about GPS systems in this month's Snow Magazine
  9. NeroGPS

    NeroGPS Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 34

  10. pdmissle

    pdmissle Member
    Messages: 33

    Is anyone else using a smart phone GPS tracking company? I'm still trying to find a good one. I just got off the phone with crew tracker but they're out of their mind they want $12,500 for the first year, and $400 each year after that!
  11. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    I have it on 5 trucks... $250 a month

    Its great, guys tow the line knowing its there... Shows idle time, speed, turning to hard, live... it sweet.
    It still saves us money with guys lunchs.., Everyone says a 30 min lunch, its more like 45 -60 min..

    Helps with customers saying we didnt mow, guys saying we did..
    On our guys time sheet we have a box to write which truck number your in each day..
    Found guys stopping by there house... $200 fine or fired they choose

    Love it, makes all the difference, can't trust help in this industry
  12. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    What company do you use?

    Im really hoping I can find someone that does it via iphone and ipad. I use them for my crews so no route lists and it would be awesome.
  13. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543