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Mapping out resi route

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BillA, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. BillA

    BillA Member
    from IL
    Messages: 60

    Wondering how you guys go about mapping out your routes? We currently use google earth in combiniation with our GPS units. Wondering how you other resi guys go about putting your routes together?
  2. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    I've used myrouteonline.com with good results. We use it mostly for summer maintenance routes but it applies to anything. The ability to input service times at each location is nice.
  3. Rich Graz

    Rich Graz Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    Seems like a good tool, I will try it out. Also very reasonably priced
  4. MikeRi24

    MikeRi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 563

    get a rough idea together of how you want to do it, and then drive it in your head as you're mapping it out to see if it makes sense. And then after you plow a couple times, you'll find little stupid things that make you change the way you do things because you can avoid having to turn around or go around the block, or whatever. And sometimes saying "well, I'm gonna do all the driveways on Sesame St now" doesnt work because I have 4 driveways on one street, and the whole street is maybe only a mile and a half long, but I do all 4 driveways at different points in my route because I'm all over the neighborhood and I do them as in in the areas of that section of the street, if that makes sense.

    To answer your original question, I guess, the best way to plan it out is don't micro-mange it, look at the big picture, and then set it up in a way that allows you to make some changes like I mentioned above. Gotta go with the way that makes the most sense, not the shortest distance, or the quickest time (normal driving conditions) and you may end up doubling back somewhere but as long as you're smooth and efficient thats all that matters.
  5. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    I have over 50 rezis I used map quest route planner. After inputing each address you can zoom out and see where they are located and number your stops. Its free and easy to use. Then I input the addresses in order on my gps
  6. BillA

    BillA Member
    from IL
    Messages: 60

    Thanks guys, some good thought there! Trying to increase efficiency this year so every minute counts, I agree though MIKE, efficiency isn't always the "fastest" route on paper. It is what makes most sense when your actually out there doing it. Thanks guys
  7. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    I have about 6 different neighborhoods. Depending if I start plowing at 1am or 3am I'll do them in different orders. This way I can work with the street plows and have certain places cleaned up at certain times. You figure 5 extra miles 40 times a season is 200 miles (these are 10 miles per gallon miles) so 20 gallons or $80 bucks. Nice savings but not to impact service.
  8. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    I basically use the same plow route as I do in the summer. Except I change a few properties around in order to clear them earlier as these clients pay extra...
  9. BillA

    BillA Member
    from IL
    Messages: 60

    Used this today....worked out pretty good thanks!
  10. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    No problem. It is a good site.
  11. markogreg

    markogreg Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    garmin has one .for 109.0
  12. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I use a map and look at it.
  13. ND-Blackhawk

    ND-Blackhawk Junior Member
    from 58642
    Messages: 4

    GPS for planning routes.

    Nick T or Anyone else.....What kind of and what brand of GPS do you use for marking out your routes? Thank you.....Francisco
  14. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    I use a Tom Tom gps. Most of my work is subbed out to me. I have basically the same route as last year with a couple of add on's. But the gps is good for keeping the route tight,because its usually starts with a different location on every storm. Commercial lots get done first and then the driveways depending on what time it is and how much snow I start at different points on the route hope this helps