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Should I Plow If Only 1.3" of Snow?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by lindenwood, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. lindenwood

    lindenwood Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I was thinking about just clearing the walkways by hand and using a little salt? They like to have their sidewalk clear for customers.

    I've heard that anything under 2" is not worth plowing. I have a couple of dental offices to plow so any input would be helpful. I use a Boss V Plow

  2. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    If you have to ask... you probably already know the answer. Plow it.
  3. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Honestly, it depends on what your contracts say you will do. I will plow as little as 1" in an effort to reduce salt usage if that's what I agree on with my customers. Some customers are willing to pay for both plowing and salting at those low accumulations because they don't want their parking lots to be white salt sheets after a storm. So that's what I'll do, using enough salt to just melt off the residual layer of snow after plowing.

    This should have been discussed with them before the snow fell. I would probably play it safe and plow it. Better safe than sorry. It will make you look more professional, and "thorough" as well.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    did you ask your customers when they want plowed?
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    What does the contract say your trigger is?
  6. deereequipment

    deereequipment Member
    Messages: 90

    only you can answer that.
    It depends on what you have set up with your client.
  7. sk187

    sk187 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    We are seasonal and the trigger is 1.5" but that basically means anytime there is snow.

    If you are per time then.............yeah ............ its whatever you think.
  8. AbbottSnow

    AbbottSnow Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    we are on seasonal contracts so its on my call because i hold the liability. I would say depends more on the type of snow. if its a light cold snow salt treatments will probably burn in up and save on labor. if its a wet heavy snow you probably need to put the blades down
  9. redskinsfan34

    redskinsfan34 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Exactly! These things have to be afreed upon in the Fall so you don't ever have to ask when to go.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    itll make your company look better if it is cleared after every snow. it all depends on what you agreed on in your cotract though
  11. herb1001

    herb1001 Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I would plow a half a inch just to get out there this year!!!
  12. bristolturf

    bristolturf Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    1 inch trigger, on all sites, but some places are zero tolerance so we are scraping them clean at 1/4 inch or 1/2 before salting. Really all just depends. Some seasonals are set up that under 1 inch just get billed hourly for the work per approval. I know it is all based on area and stuff. But to me a 2" trigger just seems almost useless. At one inch, you need a really heavy salting to melt that snow off and be able to keep the lot wet and black. I would rather just scrap it clean and salt it. Save on the amount of salt you use. I know that it all depends on the contract and stuff
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2010
  13. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Some salt anything under an inch....Others plow and salt depends on client, If you leave it be it will be traveled on then become ice..

    It's better to be safe, then sorry when some elderly breaks a leg because you weren't sure what to do..
  14. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    I would just salt it. I hate plowing small amounts of snow, it looks like you just pack it down and appears glazed over. I use the same amount of salt, with the same results
  15. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Yes it needs to be plowed. It will be a sloppy mess or a sheet of ice if you don't.
  16. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    It really depends on the customer. For all of mine they all say 2 inch trigger unless otherwise stated. If they say plow it, then plow it but otherwise I wouldn't bother.
  17. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    salt the lots, broom or shovel the sidewalks, then lightly salt!
  18. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 852

    season=salt it, per time=plow and salt it. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  19. Lsanzerr

    Lsanzerr Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I'm going to agree with John, if you have to think twice about it you probably should do it!! Remember your contract and Insurance Liability
  20. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I can't see having a 2" trigger on sidewalks! They'd be a mess. Quite frankly, I can't see having anything more than a 1" trigger on plowing lots either, but I have several customers that don't seem to care all that much.