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Scraping ability of ProTech at 1" trigger?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by SnoJob67, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. SnoJob67

    SnoJob67 Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I was wondering if there are concerns with the scraping ability using a ProTech when you are only plowing 1" of snow. If you leave 1/2" behind, you are only plowing half of what is on the lot. It would get salted away, but I just thought I would raise the topic for discussion.

    Does anyone out there that uses pusher boxes have 1" triggers?Are you happy with the results when you only have 1" of snow to plow?

  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Personally, I would use de-icer to melt 1" of snow. I can say last year the Pro Techs I had scraped very well, but they all had urethane edges on them. The sites had a 2" trigger, so de-icer was applied at the first flakes. What was left after plowing melted off. If not, it melted off with an additional application of salt.

    Overall I would say the Pro Techs scraped well, be it 1" or 3". Much of the time they were pushing "mealy" snow and slush. We never allowed hardpack to form, so they were more of a squeegee than a scraper. If your pusher boxes are leaving 1/2" on the surface, than you need to adjust the edges on them.

  3. SnoJob67

    SnoJob67 Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    Chuck I understand where you are coming from, but all my accounts are per push. If I plow I beat the equipment up a bit more than necessary when I could just salt it away, but create almost twice the revenue when I can perform both services.

    I may not get to salt if the temps are rising, but many times I find cold northwest air is what follows most of our storms in the midwest.

    That being said, I appreciate your post. I don't have pusher number one yet, but I am going to be buying at least one this season unless something goes terribly wrong.

    I know there are trip edge boxes available, but they are more costly from what I have heard. I wanted to make sure that I wasn't making a mistake by opting for a ProTech or Similar non trip edge because everything we do is 1" trigger for plowing.
  4. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Is there no way you can sell them on seasonal contracts? Get them set up that way and you open the door to using more efficient equipment and methods and put the savings in your pocket.
  5. SnoJob67

    SnoJob67 Senior Member
    Messages: 384


    I charge per push (not hourly), so adding efficient equipment puts the savings in my pocket. Nobody in my market is open to seasonal contracts. That is fine, I will catch a windfall when we get hit hard because they get charged for every push.

    In the mean time, the lean winters are enough to get me through and make a decent profit. There is no sense in doing this, otherwise.
  6. Pro-Tech

    Pro-Tech Junior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 6

    Rubber Adjustment

    If you are leaving 1" of snow behind you definitely have to adjust your edge. A 1/4" below the shoes is perfect and should do a great job of getting down to the ground.