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only 1 truck

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ABES, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    how do you guys with only 1 plow truck do it?? i havent made it one storm yet without a breakdown. even some of our brand new trucks and plows have been having issues. i am just amazed at the fact that some people are able to cover all there accounts with 1 truck and plow and how do you cover them when you have a major breakdown.
  2. GreenKingL&L

    GreenKingL&L Member
    Messages: 36

    its called networking, I have four trucks and experience the same breakdowns you are talking about. The second major event we had this year 3 of the four went down within hours. I made a call, and within 30 minutes had two guys that I didn't even know sent by someone from a nearby town (he does my sub work over there) and they finished out the event for me.
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I plowed for 1 yr solo covering aprox. 20 accounts (not too many compared to others) but I have a full time job as well 7am-3pm and time was tight. As far as breakdowns, I networked with a few friends for the "just in cases" and I will say, my 94 F150 ran and looked like brand new. If something needed fixed or was looking like it might need fixed soon I replaced it. Now that we landed some bigger accounts I have since sold the 94 and bought a new 06 (last year). But preventative maintenance and newtworking is how I did it.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You must not be making donations to the snow Gods.payup

    2nd don't hit the piles so fast,that helps a lot.:angry:

    3rd make lots of friends!:salute:
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Slow and steady wins the race!! I see guys drive their trucks like animals and then they wonder why they break down.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Just like a Canadian when they here 2 for 1 at the local Ballet!:drinkup:tymusic
  7. stcroixjoe

    stcroixjoe Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    we drive fords!!!!
  8. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    it just so happens that so far this year we have had 3 fords breakdown whereas the older chevys with twice the miles havent had a single problem:D
  9. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    I really think the name of the game is quality equipment. That coupled with preventative maintenance will keep you up and running.

    Just simple things like changing fluids regularly and using plenty of grease will help out a lot. I was a one man show for many years and only a couple of times did I experience a break down that took me out for more than a couple hours.
  10. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    This and lack of maintance are going to kill you. There are always some things that break without notice and there is nothing you can do so a good network of guys to help out will save you.
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    That's your problem!!:D
  12. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    LOL. Where do you come up with all this S#$%.:drinkup:
  13. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    there was a company here in town that 3 years ago he had 10 out of 12 trucks in the shop at one time.:eek: but they were mostly older equipment and i was fortunate enough to have most of mine up and running so i was able to get alot of his contractspayup and kept them :D

    so although i can't answer the original q' directly i can tell you that do anything you can not to disrupt service to your customer's
  14. TNT Lawncare

    TNT Lawncare Member
    Messages: 96

    Don't beat the crap out of what ever your using. Slow and steady can be good.
  15. cincy snowdog

    cincy snowdog Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    oh man then that means no big thirty ft rooster tails,your no fun:pHappy Holidays from the Snowdog
  16. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    or do-nuts? :cry: LOL
  17. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    After 18 years of doing this, I have learned, slow and steady. Fix obvious problems.

    Have buddies, the only time I was down and out, (parked my truck in 35' of water) that day a friend phoned me and offered me his truck. 3 years later I watched a friend get into an accident (not his fault) I called him and offered my truck. After I was done.

    Networking, with friends, they will help you through.
  18. karol

    karol Senior Member
    Messages: 128



    Ask JD that's his dream truck.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2007
  19. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i usually have 2 trucks and a loader sitting, plus one exta plow and two pumps on top of that. i think it would be IMPOSSIBLE to be a sucesfull commercial plower and only have one truck.
  20. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    I have one truck. The truck its self-Chevy is fine. I take care of my truck, because it puts the food on my table:nod: My plow on the other hand.......my grandpa could have a Meyer oriented garage sale, LOL:D I have had many a time fixing stupid crap at 3-4 am. I get it fixed and Git R Done!!!