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# of plows for seasonal contract

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by wints761, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. wints761

    wints761 Junior Member
    Messages: 6


    I am in the Minneapolis area and am wondering if anyone has advice for figuring # of plows for montly contract. The trigger would be at 1/2". Any info helpful.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    At a half inch you'd be better off salting then plowing. Very hard plowing that little.
  3. wints761

    wints761 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Sorry I should have specified that it is mostly sidewalks. There is 1 main drive in the back but the majority are the sidewalks.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Even a 1/2 trigger on sidewalks is low. I do all my accounts on a per push basis.
  5. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    1/2 i would say about 30 visits.
  6. JTK324

    JTK324 Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    The goal is to sand/salt the hell out of them before you even think about dropping plow in the lot or a shovel on the sidewalks it is alot less money and the profit margin is a lot higher
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    So I should start applying salt at say, a half inch thick or so and melt all the snow that falls?

    How does sand melt snow or ice?

    For the OP, call the NWS office, or check their website, get some info from them and start crunching numbers.
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    What an environmentalist! We all should use as little salt as possible. I'm no tree hugger but I see the way some people salt, and it is overkill.