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Switching to blowing service

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by PTSolutions, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Geez Nick, a 27 sec video??:clapping: C'mon man...let's see some action!
     
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  2. RSG

    RSG Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Hey guys, I'm about to take the plunge with the tractor/blower model for '17/'18. I have a question concerning the cutting edges and shoes.
    What is the recommended blade for asphalt, concrete, and/or pavers. What would be the best "combo" blade, meaning a blade for all types of drives. I see choices such as stainless, hardened steel, tivar, poly, etc?
    Thanks.
     
  3. GW_

    GW_ Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    what are the legal rules for driving a tractor on the road?

    Has any tried registering an off road tractor?

    I understand the farm laws but these snowblowing tractors don't legally fit the criteria for that (in NY) so is it legal to drive them on the road? Local Law Enforcement says - YES. Local Zoning Code Enforcer says - YES. NY DMV - not sure yet

    I want to know for insurance reasons, what would happen in an accident on the road between your tractor and another car.

    Does everyone just slap a SMV sign on and have commercial liability insurance?

    I would want to have my bases covered for worse case scenario, curious as to how everyone handles this
     
  4. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    We switched over to AR450 cutting edges that we had made slightly deeper from front to back. Find a good metal cutting shop and they should be able to do it pretty reasonably. I believe we were paying around $260 each. We had custom hydraulic back blades made for our Normands, so when the blower cutting edge was warn out, it could be used on the back drag edge until it was totally shot.
    We ran mostly concrete drives and asphalt roads. Some drives had pavers, but we never had any complaints.
     
  5. RSG

    RSG Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Most of my drives are asphalt. What do you recommend?
     
  6. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    I'd go with AR450. Have the new cutting edge made the same thickness as the factory edge, but make it 1" deeper from front to back. That gives a bit better wear, and you can't pull the top-link on the 3 point hitch in a bit more, to make the edge cut/scrape better if you want to and the side plates won't make contact with the driveway. :)
     
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    Depends............
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    Again, it depends..........on the state. There is no one answer for every state.
     
  9. Maclawnco

    Maclawnco Senior Member
    from OH
    Messages: 690

    In that case, what is your recommendation for say Florida or Alabama?
     
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  10. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    Yes.......or no.

    Definitely a maybe. I think. Possibly
     
  11. RSG

    RSG Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    what does your diaper have to do with it?
     
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    It's full.
     
  13. RSG

    RSG Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Does that make the shoes obsolete? Any problems with rust on concrete and/or pavers? I've read this thread from beginning to end and it seems that opinions differ on this matter. I don't mean to beat a dead horse, just trying to get the pros and cons on each blade so I can educate my customers on the differences.
     
  14. RSG

    RSG Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Sorry to hear, that explains the crabbiness.
     
  15. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    Why? It gives me a nice, warm feeling.
     
  16. ktfbgb

    ktfbgb 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,437

    :puke:
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    Crabby because I told the truth?

    Crabby because I didn't answer the way you wanted me to which is impossible because there isn't one best answer?

    Crabby because no one can give a set answer for each individual state's requirements for licensing or not licensing ag equipment?

    If being truthful and blunt is crabby, then I guess I am.
     
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  18. RSG

    RSG Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    You have me confused with MACLAWNCO. I believe my questions were legitimate.
     
  19. GW_

    GW_ Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Sorry I assumed everyone knew that laws vary per state and there's no cookie cutter approach. I meant to ask what your personal experience has been in your own state, if you're in MI what hurdles did you have to deal with legally?
     
  20. NJKCM883

    NJKCM883 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Great Thread everyone!!

    I am looking on some input from all of you knowledgeable individuals. I have been doing the snow removal gig for a long time using a walk behind blower. This year I ponied up for the honda hss 1132atd and i have 15 clients. I am able to charge these clients anywhere from $60 to $125 depending on driveway size. The rates also increase after 7". I am looking to grow my business and am torn between going two different routes.

    Route 1 - use my jeep jk with a front v plow and daniels pull plow. This combined with other mods to the jeep (beefed up axles, and suspension) i am expecting an investment of approx $15K.

    Route 2 - is to enter the niche market in which you individuals have all cornered, using a snow blower on a tractor (would be the first to market this in my area). Few things i am unsure of is 1) do i need it, avg. snow fall in essex county NJ is 26" and i think thats on the high side, i think each year we get about 5/6 3"+ events. 2) i am very unsure of how i can get the tractor registered and road legal in the state but i have reached out to local law enforcement for details. 3) for my initial year of operations, would it be prudent to purchase the blower outright ($10k) and then lease a capable tractor for 6 months (any ideas on what the going rates would be)

    Gents, you all have me super inspired to penetrate my market for '17/'18 but i would really like some advice on which approach you would take and why.

    Thanks much,

    Kyle