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Rookies and how many lawsuits?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Denver Needs 'A Few Good' Snow Plow Drivers
    By cbs4denver.com
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    DENVER ¯ A group of 300 city workers will be trained to operate residential snow plows this winter.

    "It pretty much changes your whole dynamic of driving," said David Huntsinger, Supervisor with Denver Public Works.

    Residential snow plows are simply four-wheel drive pick-ups with a plow mounted on the front.

    There are 108 of the white, diesel-powered Chevy trucks that will be deployed for duty in neighborhoods of Denver during major snow events.

    "We don't want people to have the expectation that these light plows will come down their streets with 10 inches of snow," said Ann Williams, Spokeswoman for Denver Public Works.

    A major snowstorm is defined by Denver as at least 12 inches of snow, according to Williams.

    The drivers are being recruited from Public Works as well as the Department of Parks and Recreation.

    There is a learning curve, explained Huntsinger.

    The 4-foot long, 800-pound plow makes the truck wider and more difficult to negotiate on narrow side streets. The larger turning radius makes it trickier to avoid obstacles like parked cars.

    "Capitol Hill is our toughest neighborhood," said Huntsinger because of its hills.

    The four-hour training session was being taught at a Public Works facility near 53rd and Roslyn.

    The residential plows are only available for duty between Nov. 15 and March 15.

    But throughout the entire winter the City of Denver operates a large fleet of heavy plows, graders and front-end loaders for snow removal on main roads and arteries.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
  2. JBMiller616

    JBMiller616 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    4 foot long plow??????
  3. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Find out where they buy replacement mailboxes from, I want to buy stock in that place.
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    All my plows are about 4' long

    and 8' to 9' wide
  5. purpleranger519

    purpleranger519 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 536

    and 800 lbs......wth that has to be a misprint.
  6. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    yeah it must be 4ft from the center. there is no way a 4" plow weighs 800lbs?!

    heck an 8" straight doesnt weigh 800lbs.
  7. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Must be nice to go grab 108 white, diesel-powered Chevy trucks just like that
  8. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    Four feet from the front of the plow to the truck. that's 'length' isn't it?
  9. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Taxpayers dollars hard at work.
    Crisis? what crisis?
  10. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617


    AAAA so the city is going to compeat with private Co. to plow driveways? How aboutthe minimart? is the city going to charge for this service or is it free?
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    they are for doing side streets
  12. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    But an 8" is a big plow:jester:
  13. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    whoops must of hit the shift key. i meant ' not ".
  14. VBR

    VBR Member
    Messages: 67

    yes sir. i think the point they are trying to make is the truck is 4 feet longer than without the plow on.
  15. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    . . . but most of us measure plows by their width not their length:p
  16. VBR

    VBR Member
    Messages: 67

    true, but most of us dont need our Department of Recreation doing our plowing either :eek:
  17. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    the economy is the sh*tter so the city is trying to raise money....


    my question is, is like most of the town/state construction workers, is it going to take three or four guys to operate each truck? Maybe one guy can drive, one can operate the plow, one can operate the flasher lights and one person can direct the plow truck where to push snow...
  18. VBR

    VBR Member
    Messages: 67

    You forgot they guy that just sits around watching.
  19. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    That's okay as long as he's the one leaning on his snow shovel:rolleyes:
  20. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I hope they were club cabs!