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How many driveways can i handle???

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by celticgreens, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. celticgreens

    celticgreens Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    this is my first year plowing, i have a '92 ford F-700, a little big for residential driveways but whatever, ill manage. my question is, since this is my first year and i dont have any commercial accounts, how many residential driveways can i handle per snow fall??? im hopefully handing out like 2000-3000 flyers and will assume ill be flagged down multiple times. if i set up accounts with clients for the season, how many do you think i should take on before it gets to be too many? i understand i have to take into account driveway size and how much snow, but just say average, like 20X 30 driveways and say 6 inches of snow. give me your best guess. thanks guys
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    It depends how far apart they are too. 20 to 30 is not unreasonable but not to be a party pooper you must consider the weight of that truck in people driveways and possible damage that you could do to them that will cost big bucks to fix. (stay off of cement driveways that can crack)
  3. Bryan C. King

    Bryan C. King Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Too big of a truck to do residential driveways.
  4. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    I agree with you. It's going to take so much time and expect damage to lawns and driveways. Sell the 700 and buy a used 1/2 truck.
  5. gmack616

    gmack616 Member
    Messages: 37

    it definetly depends on the distance between driveways. if they are all in the same neighborhood, you could do 6-10 an hour w/o problems.
  6. maurader

    maurader Member
    Messages: 37

    I think if you showed up in my driveway to plow with something that big I would have a heart attack. Sell it and buy a pickup truck. If you really had to 25-30 driveways would be possible as long as they are not spread too far apart.

  7. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    Holy Mackeral! Lord forbid if they have a car parked in the drive off to the side. I can see a whole lot of damage occuring with a truck this size...concrete, lawn, curbs, etc..
  8. Dnipro Max

    Dnipro Max Member
    Messages: 60

    Thats BIG for residental??? get 3/4 ton and thats plenty, about 20 min per driway if u have some driving to do
  9. Boutallnite

    Boutallnite Senior Member
    Messages: 197

    That is a big truck for drivways, I suggest getting a jeep if you are only doing driveways. Small and does the job,it is just so much easier in driveways.

    I will be a sub this winter and will be doing about 30 driveways. A few really big and the rest medium to small. All of them in the same town and not more than a 5 minute drive from each other. Some are even on the same block.
    I am running a Wrangler with a 6.8' snoway.How long do you think it would and should take me to do?
  10. daninline

    daninline Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Would it be safe to say a 100 foot drive with a garage to the side, just push the snow to the end of the drive with a 8 foot plow would take about 5 mins at the most for a normal 6" storm?
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2004
  11. smiti105

    smiti105 Member
    Messages: 90

    Throw a six footer on the 700 and go nuts! Imagine?
  12. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    I push into drive unless they say otherwise and push it of the side near garage and back drag what is left in front of garage and push it to side too.
  13. korelandscaping

    korelandscaping Member
    from CT
    Messages: 66

    Wow...I hope you don't start sliding! Like most others said, sell it and get a smaller truck or keep it and buy a beater. I plow some of my drives w/ a 9 footer and that's often hairy. Good luck
  14. JRSlawn

    JRSlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I have a 2004 f 350 with 8 ft plow and cant get it in some places Drives in tight places get a ranger
  15. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    I use a 1ton std cab SRW with a 8 footer and it will fit anywhere I need it too.
  16. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    A little big???

    I wouldn't even attempt it in that size of a truck. Sod ain't cheap and you will be replacing a bunch next spring. Get a nice load of dirt as well with a vibrator to pack it down as those tire ruts are gonna need to be filled in as well.
  17. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    Hey Celticgreens, give me a call at 201-336-6860 (Steve) when you get a chance. I have a Ford Ranger 4x4, maybe we can work something out with a trade if you are interested. I am in North Bergen 07047, not too far from you...
  18. drplow

    drplow Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    i hope your not plowing res. properties in the city with that.
  19. faughtj

    faughtj Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 46

    I plowed last year in my Chevy 1-ton DRW dump, and that is a tight fit in most driveways.. the rear end is just so much bigger than a standard pickup, plus if you have the west coast mirrors that stick out 3 feet on each side that makes it even worse. Many times I came within an inch of swiping a mailbox with those damn mirrors.

    Unless you're waaay out in the country where the driveways are 1 mile long or more, I can't imagine anyone hiring a truck that size, nor would I want to imagine being the one who has to drive it. Seems like a good candidate for sub work for a company looking for a large truck for roads, malls, etc.
  20. ptllandscapeIL

    ptllandscapeIL Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    can we say plowking homer simpson???????