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Snow To Freezing Rain When To Plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TurfSolutionsMN, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    This is my first year doing commercial snow plowing, I have been doing resi's for 10 years. Anyway tonight we are suppose to get 2" of snow then it will turn over to freezing rain then possibly rain. We received an 1.5" the other day so it wasn't enough to hit the trigger and now this tonight. Would it be a good idea to plow right when it gets done snowing or wait til its all over. Thanks
  2. unimogr

    unimogr Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    In this case I'd wait. This way you're removing as much slush/water as possible with the snow.
  3. Snowplowkid

    Snowplowkid Member
    Messages: 76

    Plow when its all done snowing, salt for frezzing rain, and when its all over salt, wait a bit, and plow the slush. Charge for 2 snow and 2 saltings. Thats just my opinion.
  4. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    The bad part is that two of my biggest accounts are schools with minimal budgets so they really don't want to pay for salt.
  5. danknight60

    danknight60 Member
    Messages: 46

    yea i had that happen this year and guess what someone fell in the parking lot because they did not want to pay for salt now they want salt every time it snows lol they got to pay the ladie 34000
  6. snowandgo

    snowandgo Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I waited till the rain stopped on our last FRZ event, and it froze so fast, a lot of my lots and walks had two inches of ice/snow that I couldn't push. It took a lot of salt and time to break that stuff up, and then it was snowing again.

    I didn't want to push the snow because freesing rain on a clean lot is a skating rink, but I wish I would have and charged for the extra salt.

    I didn't get any complaints as most lots and roads were the same, but I think it looked bad for me and I know it created extra work for me without the extra income.
  7. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    We deal with this alot in jersey, when we get are 2 inch trigger or it stops snowing we drop the blades! After we scrape the lot we hit it with salt depending on what its doing outside! If your going from snow-ice-rain, temps will be rising. So i will plow after it stops snowing, then hit it with salt! By morning those lots we be all wet pavement!:waving: