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questionable plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by RBRONKEMA GHTFD, Feb 10, 2008.


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Okay so it windy here. I am talking gusting to 45 and a steady 30 I would dare say. With all the blowing snow it is making it really hard to see. My question is do you guys ever make the determination to not plow if it is like this? I am not saying I can't do the job or anything, but the realization of wrecking my truck is been a big factor on my mind today. Also in my area it makes it hard to see alot, what with all the open feilds when it is like this. I am a one man operation and if I wreck my truck I a screwed.
  2. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    i would hold off till later, or as close as you can till you have to start your route.
    the wind has been dying down here finally, for a while i could not even see the house across the street, heck at times the mailbox 20ft from my house would dissapear.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    thats kinda what I was thinking about doing. I went out last night too, and at times while plowing a few lost I couldn't see anything. Not even the plow. Anyone else have any input?
  4. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    yea i had my guys at the hospital and we have the same thing goign on. the gusts are so bad that the only way they can see is look for flashers. so i had them leave for the night. b/c we cannot risk hitting a pedestrian or a car or something. b/c we have 4 trucks down right now and if we loose another and we get a storm this week like they are saying we are screwed.

    so i would suggest leaving all your accounts untill it is safe for you. and if anyone has any complaints just say im sorry i didnt get it done on time but due to the blizzard like conditions i did not feel safe operating at that time.
  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    safety is job #1. There is no dollar amount worth killing yourself or wrecking your truck for. Hold off for the winds and only work when weather permits.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    we're getting the same wind here but the snow stopped and not a lot on the ground.I'll take a ride in the morning to check things out.
  7. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    It's really really windy here right now 40mph+ its crazy
    good thing we don't have enough snow on the ground to make this bad.....doh!
  8. gotsnow?

    gotsnow? Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD, You did the right thing! Yesterday morning when I was heading home from my 9-5 job (really 2200-0600 job....) the wind was so bad that with the snow we had on the ground already (and that which was falling as well) we had terrible white out conditions. Driving due west I could not see beyond my plow...... I decided it was best to hang around the house for a few hours and see if the winds would let up before going to plow. Any profits made plowing would be eaten up QUICK replacing your truck after a wreck....
  9. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    Bing that most plowers are out even when normal people wont go out, I would say its safe to hold off for a bit. If you dont want to go out in it, most people WONT go out in it....
  10. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    i would definately hold off until conditions improve, not only are you at more of a risk to get in an accident, but with all of the blowing snow your accounts will most likely blow back in again and just become a headache.
  11. McVey Landscaping

    McVey Landscaping Member
    Messages: 44


  12. bln

    bln Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    I also experienced and not being able to get salt right now due to the shortage I just let the winds blow everytihng of the concrete and went out later to clean up drifts.
  13. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    It gets windy here a lot and when the storms get really bad (blizzard), we just abondon the farther out ones and work in town, where everyone is close and can get help. Then as it dies down we go out and work the ones that require a drive or are out in the bad places.

    Won't help anyone if I send a truck out and it takes 2 hours to make a 15 minute drive or they get stuck.

    most of my further out ones are chruch's or residential roads (private roads) so I can justify that too.
  14. abbert55

    abbert55 Senior Member
    Messages: 170

    During the Blizzard of 78, our guys were out until conditions were so bad it was not safe anymore. The first clue was when we heard on the radio (cell phones were nonexsistant) they were closing the roads. We all beat it back to the shop and were snowed in for 3 days. When the snow and wind subsided and the roads were passable, we picked up where we left off. Now only a few 12' drifts and 4' level snow to contend with.I don't recommend anyone be out in conditions that render unsafe conditions.
  15. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    That is what we had the first 9 days of February. The last time out, you could not go any farther, turned around and went home leaving 4 drives for the next morning.
  16. Michael M

    Michael M Member
    Messages: 80

    Safety first!!!! Your life is worth more than plow money.