Sidewalk snow removal

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ryan.gick, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. ryan.gick

    ryan.gick Junior Member
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    Hi everyone!
    I work for an educational facility in north-eastern Wisconsin that has a ton of long sidewalks. We are looking for something that would help us keep the sidewalks clear for the students while being easily operated by newer operators. I am open to walk-behind snowblowers but I also don't want to completely wear out my guys. Any thoughts? What do you guys use for long stretches of sidewalks?

    Thanks for any advice you may have!
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Something ride on would be my best guess
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Width? Straight shots? Lots of curves and corners? Do you need deicing capabilities? Steps?
     
  4. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
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    Ventrac…..


















    @Defcon 5
     
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  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Well duh...
     
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  6. OP
    OP
    ryan.gick

    ryan.gick Junior Member
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    There are no steps and they are mostly straight shots with a few random curves. In years past we rented a JD1445 with a snowblower and plow but because of some issues, we were not able to obtain it this year. The sidewalks are too narrow in most spots for the skid steer we have and would rip up the grass for the first few snows and the last few in the spring. Has anyone run a gravely pro-qxt with a snowblower?
     
  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
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    What is the total length of walks and how wide are they? You said there was "a ton"
     
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  8. m_ice

    m_ice PlowSite.com Addict
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    That probably means a few thousand
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Miles???

    Meters???

    Millimeters?
     
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  10. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
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    Students...?! A shovel!
     
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  11. m_ice

    m_ice PlowSite.com Addict
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    Yes
     
  12. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
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    In this day and age..….:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  13. SchertzServicesLLC

    SchertzServicesLLC Senior Member
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    I worked for western Illinois university and I can tell you the ventrack with heated cab is the way to go. I was the facility safety officer so I never ran it. But they guys all loved it. And it’s a much better machine for mowing hillsides in the summer.

    Get the ventrack with a blade and a snow blower. Was the problem with the JD a budgeting problem?
     
  14. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Ventracs RULE!!!!!!!
     
  15. OP
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    ryan.gick

    ryan.gick Junior Member
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    There are right around 2.5 miles of sidewalk varying from 4-foot to 6-foot width sidewalks.
    The main issue with the JD was more of an administration waiting too long to make decisions kind of problem. I would love to get a ventrac and have been pushing for one since I was acquainted with them, but the initial investment is getting pushback from above.
     
  16. BUFF

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    That amount of sidewalks walk behind anything wouldn't be advisable due to time to go that distance in two passes. Average person walks 3mph most walk behind snow blowers don't go 3mph when blowing snow.
    Employee retention would also be and issue with a walk behind.
     
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  17. cjames808

    cjames808 Senior Member
    from SE WI
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    Some type of heated tractor or Ventrac with a V plow and blower and salter option.


    Your looking at $30-40k for a setup like mentioned above.

    A used tractor maybe an option.
     
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    A 1, 2, or 3 Series Deere will work. The 3 Series is going to be about the same as a Ventrac.

    Don't buy Deere attachments, they're crap for commercial use. MB makes a broom that will go on any of those tractors.

    60" broom will clear the 4' walks and then some. MB doesn't make a smaller one and Deere's 52" is a bigger POS than the 60".

    Can mount a drop spreader on the 3 point.
     
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Kubotas will work well too. I just don't have any experience with them
     
  20. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
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    OP what's your budget?
    That would be a good place to start....
     
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