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plowing parking lot

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by katchley, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. katchley

    katchley Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    when you are plowing a long distance, ( automatic transmission) what gear do you push the snow in to be easiest on truck? And what is a good speed to push snow?
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    welcome to the site
    I usually hust run in DRIVE...no O/D
    any speed under 70 is safe.....lol
  3. Xforce 1

    Xforce 1 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    Put it in drive and go! If you have a trailer/tow mode use it. How fast depends on activity in a lot. In an apartment complex, you don't want to go fast because of people coming outa nowhere. If your in a shipping yard in the middle of the night, "let er' eat". Just have to see what's productive. I have a few places I'll hit 45 mph (no windrows :laughing:)or so on a lighter snow and then I have a few that 10 is to fast.

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    I would not even attempt to go 45 mph with my blade down. :dizzy:
  5. Xforce 1

    Xforce 1 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    With no curbs, pot holes and nothing but wide open flat ground, why not?:confused:
  6. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    20 mph at most, automatic tranny in 2nd gear or first depending on the snow load and the differential gear ratio.
  7. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    honestly 15 to 20 mph is plenty in a wide open lot. Much faster than that you start getting blow over, and can't see where in the hell your going anyhow. I also just use drive in my trucks, also turning on the haul/tow mode. It changes the shift points in the tranny, and give you more power to push.
  8. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    i can't remember for sure but when i installed a new boss plow somewhere in the instructions it said do not exceed 14 mph...i thought because of the airbags going off if you were to hit something
  9. Xforce 1

    Xforce 1 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    I didn't say it was the thing to do, It's just that in the middle of the night it's boring. It just helps keep me awake for a while and as far as blow over, I agree but I have a large rubber flap on my plow that I run. I take that back, I had one on there but cut it up for some of my other plows to use.
  10. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    some people just should answer things
  11. TRKling

    TRKling Member
    Messages: 64

    Oh, I don't know.. maybe because I doubt you have Bonnell, Wausau-Everest or equivalent plow on the front of that truck.

    Unless you got DOT truck/specs, I can't fathom why you'd want to risk tearing your equipment up... but it's your money and equipment.

  12. shifting into the highest gear will reduce trans temp

    how much snow and how wet is important consideration

  13. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    Not always true. Finding a gear that allows you torque converter to lock while maintaining enough speed and RPM's to keep the snow moving will help to reduce trans temps.
  14. yardsmith

    yardsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    stay in the RPM sweet spot-I use 1st because my tranny guy put extra clutches/bands in 1st gear for takeoff, then usually 2nd is good up to 35 mph, so I hardly ever get out of 2nd in hi range. Keep an eye on your gauges, & if you plow alot it'd be wise to put a tranny temp gauge in.
    Lugging it in too high of a gear can burn up your bands & torque converter
  15. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I plow in D and tow/haul mode. As long as you know there aren't any suprise manhold covers or anything like that sticking up, getting some speed souldn't be too much of an issue.

    For the record, I highly doubt anyone will be plowing fast enough in a parking lot for their TC to lock up, but more power to you if you can lol.
  16. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    I think if you need to ask this question you shouldnt be plowing.
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    How big are these lots that you plow at 45 mph?
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I think it's an excellent question. One of the best asked lately.

    I go up to 20 sometimes. That's only in places I know I are in good shape, and the snow is heavy enough to not blow everywhere.
  19. Xforce 1

    Xforce 1 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    It's around 12 acres with approx. 3/4 mile long road coming into it. Not even a light pole in the middle of it, they are all on the outside in the grass or on the building. Very nice break from the rest of the accounts!xysport And 45 mph is what I HAVE done but is not what I do all the time. I just "play" around a little once in a while. I've only done it a couple of times just seeing how far I could "throw it". Looks cool! I didn't mean to start a bashing conversation with some of the comments. All well, it's all good. Just wish it would snow.
  20. jzeller4

    jzeller4 Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 80

    i run 4 low 2nd or drive, depends on how deep the snow is. as far as speed, i don't go any faster than
    10 to 15 mph, plowing is not nascar let the truck do the work. my boss plow manual states,
    do not exceed 40 mph transporting plow and do not exceed 14 mph when plowing.