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Loader / Skid on the streets?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by drivewaydoctor, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Hey guys,

    I'm sure this answer may be different based on location but over the last few snow storms I have noticed an increased amount of small loaders and skid steers driving up the streets. No plates or anything on them and cops seem to just drive right past them. Are they allowed? I mean would it be legal for me to run a whole route with a loader/skid traveling the streets?
  2. jg244888

    jg244888 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    ive often woundered that to, i dont think that the cops really care when its a storm. in the summer when the landscapers drve skids from site to site is that ok. ive heard saturday mornings is the only time there allowed. ive also seen backhoes during friday rush hr traffic though. so i dont know
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    I've never seen skids driven more then a 1/4 mile down the street and that's rare. I see backhoes or wheel loader's all the time. The co. and private owners drive theirs around all over the place here.
  4. jg244888

    jg244888 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

  5. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    yes and no. loaders/backhoes are still supposed to be registered as special vehicles which gives you a plate but you don't have to get it inspected, at least in NY. now i also drive my skidsteer all around Batavia, usually well over a mile worth of road travel. put my four ways on and a strobe light and i never have a problem.
  6. Wow so we, in Toronto, can drive a loader/skid on the streets as long as we display the slow moving vehicle sign on the back of it... No plate required... This might just change my plan for what equipment I buy for next winter...
  7. fisher guy

    fisher guy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,068

    it all depends Florida u can drive any type of machine down the road just no interstates as long as u had an orange reflective triangle in the rear doesn't even need lights except maybe at night no special license or endorsement there were days in the middle of rush hour traffic i would drive a 623B model CAT scraper in down town Orlando never got bothered by cops didn't even have an escort one time we moved an komatsu WA 320 with no brakes 6 miles (that's what buckets are for) lol i could even ride along the main highway with a TRACKED skid steer (really not fun) so all it depends on ur local. Mass totally different everything needs to be registered insured u need a special hydraulic/hoist license. now these are fun to drive down the road hehe [​IMG] U feel like a GOD in rush hour traffic lol its amazing how fast people get out of ur way
  8. jg244888

    jg244888 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    i dont even think most of them go as far as to put a smv sign!!
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    All our stuff has SMV signs and we drive them everywhere.
  10. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    The guy I use has a Volvo BL70. He drives it everywhere. He doesn't have a SMV sign but this thing does 55 km/hr.
  11. Amazing...

    Well I just looked into rental of an S175 and man talk about expensive... $2760 per month on rental or $300 per day. Wow... Maybe I'll wait till summer and buy something used outright. Maybe a small deer with snow blower attachment or something like that for a residential route.
  12. Plowfast9957

    Plowfast9957 Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    In Massachusetts you dont have to register each piece. The Co. I work for has plates that say Owner/contractor on them with magnets on the back. They have about 10 of them and put them on whatever is being driven over the road.
  13. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    That's a stupid price for a skidsteer. Keep your eyes open this summer, there are going to be some deals out there.

    They just lowered interest rates yesterday. I'm sure you could finance one pretty cheap.

    I think I would find something faster from site to site to do driveways.
  14. Yeah the one reason I'm considering a loader of some kind is I have a commercial lot I do now and I have officially run out of places to put the snow... Its a small parking lot surrounded on all sides by a brick wall. Its easy to do and quick but the wall is causing issues with snow placement. I wouldn't mind a loader to actually move some of the snow around the wall to another part of their property.
  15. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    i'll tell you what, you get the right size skidsteer and they will out plow a pick-up anyday of the week. i know the rental on them are extremely expensive but if you have semi-large commercial lots, they are worth the money hands down.
  16. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I have a 325 JD. It is a 2 speed. One of the guys has used it to plow and it is quick. We only have the bucket to use and it was still quick. Your sites need to be close though.
  17. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    well ya definately. i have four large lots all within a half mile of each other, but i have a 10 foot blade, 6 foot pusher and the bucket, so we just bring the attachments and i let my guy do his thing.
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,236

    Even to the coffee shop?
  19. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    You can rent for $1600 a month no problem for a large skid.

    I have 3 right now. One is from a landscaper for $600 a month, 2 are from pool companies for a bit more.
  20. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    No silly that's what pickups are for.