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Side load vs front load garages

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Mikeyd, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd Junior Member
    from 46032
    Messages: 18

    I'm on year 3 of plowing residential. I have never quite mastered those properties where the garage is on the side of the home. This of course means an "L" shape driveway. I often find my self having to jump out to shovel what my plow cant get.

    Just curious about techniques and what others do.

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  3. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd Junior Member
    from 46032
    Messages: 18

  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Back drag far enough to back the truck in and push it closer to street or an open spot.
  5. sota

    sota Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    I don't have much trouble, seeing as how I back into the garage and just push straight out when I have to plow. :D

    seriously though, I back drag what I can from the door, push straight past the door what I can (open to the back yard) and just deal with it. I don't shovel but maybe for a minute at the end of the storm.
  6. Mikeyd

    Mikeyd Junior Member
    from 46032
    Messages: 18

    I forgot to mention, I have a 2013' 2500 Chevy with Blizzard Power Plow, so size isn't on my side.

  7. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Do what I do...
    Hire your wife as your shovel monkey, and let her shovel the front of the garages out into your swipe path.

    Problem solved
  8. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

  9. NJ-Snowman

    NJ-Snowman Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    My approach is plow what you can but if possible shovel or snow blow most of area by garage door. That solves your issue and you reduce risk of hitting house or garage with truck. Just charge accordingly and you have piece of mind that nothing is messed up. prsport
  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    Some designs are just a PITA for a plow truck. New developer out here built a rural subdivision, with million dollar homes and everyone of them thinks you'll do the drive for $10. 3 car garages + garden garage ,round about driveway with 50 ft of walkway to the front door, don't put snow on my gardens...

  11. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Ha, I know some of those wealthier people are pretty unrealistic on what they are willing to pay for service work. Cars, homes, vacation homes, vacations, private schools and jewelry on the other hand...sky's the limit.:dizzy:

    Side garages are tough, even with a pull plow it's hard to get everything. We always shoveled or used a snow blower to get the rest. I always tried to have my helper(many years I was my helper:)) hit the garage door areas before I began to plow them out, so I could pull everything out at once.
  12. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Here are 2 of the resi accounts I had for over 20 yrs...side garages. First pic I could push in towards small grass area for 1-2 events and from then on everything had to get pulled to the street and up on the lawn. Second pic everything was pulled to the street and onto the median because the entire drive was surrounded by obstacles. Side nearest neighbors drive( RED LINES )had 6" curbing running to the sidewalk and street which is not shown but towards the top of the pic. Drive went uphill sharply and plateaued where garages were. Also had the walk on the bottom of the pic which was about a city block long and on a different street! Good accounts and people to work for.

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