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residential snowblower night use

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by adam5557, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    Hey guys i will be starting out this year with a 20in toro snowblower. I realize it is some what louder then just using a plow to do someones driveway. I am sure i will have to plow at night sometimes to have them clear for the morning, but do you think it will disturb the people to much. I dont want to start trouble with all the noise as some of my residential accounts may be picky. what do you guys think?thanks
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    First thing is to check laws regarding noise in the area you intend to operate. Many communities restrict noise levels during certain time frames.
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    If I was the customer I might be happy knowing that you were there. If I was the next door neighbour that doesn't have your service.......who knows.
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    I agree the people nextdoor might not be to happy, but how know their are guys out there that plow with dual exhaust on their trucks...So you never know.
  5. adam5557

    adam5557 Member
    Messages: 88

    any more suggestions to this guys cause i really dont have the money to pay for a plow and the only thing all be using is 2 snwoblowers.thanks
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    I would say just do it, I dont know how many times Ive seen people out snow blowing their own driveways at 2 in the morning.
  7. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    If they complain just blow all your customers snow into their drive and then offer to remove it for pay..just kidding. Go for it dude and just see what happens..maybe you can put a quieter muffler on them, I think that would be cheap complaint insurance.
  8. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    Make lots of noise, yes LOTS of noise. Make noise unloading the blower, make noise with the ramps, and make noise while using the machine! When the neighbors come out and complain that you are noisy, tell them that you are sorry and since you are already there you will give them a discount on their property! payup
  9. mmacsek

    mmacsek Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I snowblow residential driveways also. I never had a problem with the neighbors. Usually if it is your job there isn't a problem with noise. Go for it and charge enough. Good luck Matt
  10. Scottish Lscape

    Scottish Lscape Member
    Messages: 52

    We do 12 small beach driveways with a snowblower. No problems, just talk to your customers and make it clear that you could & will be in their driveway during the very early hours of the morning. Good Luck & stay warm!
  11. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    When I started out I had two 28" snowblowers in the bed of my truck and 30 clients. My friend and I would do some drives around 3-6 AM and I never got any complaints!
  12. All_Clear

    All_Clear Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    The way i look at it is... your not going to be there forever maybe 10 - 20 mins tops for most drives. Just clear the drive no matter what time it is, be efficient and move on to the next job. Don't make excessive noise thats not needed. If your still worried about noise or the city has an ordnance then buy a quieter muffler.

  13. Seamus

    Seamus Member
    Messages: 43

    Where I live there is an ordinance about noise after a certain hour. However, when there are excess amounts of snow after all the plowing is done, there are DPW trucks and loaders in front of my house at all hours of the night. If they can make all that noise, why can't you?
    Seamus :drinkup:
  14. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Here there is a noise code or whatever you want to call it but in the winter, no one goes by it, there are people in my neighborhood that leave at all times of the day so there is always at least one running most of the time durring a storm. Just do it. If someone complains, then you'll know not to start with that one the next storm!!
  15. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Years ago I did like fifteen driveways with a CCR2000 type deal and theres nothing as funny as showing up in a nice neighborhood with four inches of fresh powder at 4 or 5 AM......ya just gotta stand there for a second and its dead silent because the snow has muffled any noise at all.....

    Ya roll your eyes and pull the cord.


    I never had any complaints but Im sure I pissed some people off......