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How to figure the efficiency of snow equipment

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by massman, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. massman

    massman Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I am looking for some standard equations to figure out how long it will take snow equipment to plow a lot. Also how much salt to spread.
    Truck w/ 7' 6" plow (How much area it can plow in an hour at 2" of snow)
    Bobcat with a 10' pusher
    How much salt per 1000 sq ft.

    I work for a large landscape company and i am looking to have some standard pricing across the board. I know some lots have a higher level of difficulty than others but i need some equations to get me close. I appreciate any help you could give.
  2. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    salt is 10-15lbs per 1,000 sq ft
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I'm going with an acre an hour or maybe a hair less for the pickup and between 1.5 and 2 acres for the skid. It really depends on your lots and operators. We have some wide open 8 and 12 acre lots and you can really do alot in a 2" storm. To be honest I'm more familiar with tractors and I like to book about 10-15 acres/tractor/event, sometimes 20 if the back lots aren't high priority. I'd like to see other people's response's on this too.
  4. massman

    massman Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I have a large commercial site that has 20 acres of asphalt to plow. There are 4 acres of road ways, and 4, 4 acre parking lots that are mostly wide open, and im trying to get the lot done in 5 hours. So far Im going to have: 2 F450 with 9' 2" boss V blades, and 4 S250 bobcats with 10' pushers. But im still looking for equations to help me figure a very close estimate on how much area each peice of equipment will push an hour.
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    You have more then enough equipment there, the roadways won't take very long, if you can wing it to the side. With that equipment on a 2" storm you should be able to do it, in not much more then 2 hours easy. If it's like you say. I have a 40 acre site similar to it, with a skid and two 14 ft pushers and 2" takes a little over 4 hours, but I generally melt the roadways to get it done in 4 hours and there is generally quite a few trailers there that take up alot of pavement, that I don't have to plow.