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Tight Quarters

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by rpwilliams, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. rpwilliams

    rpwilliams Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    We're a commercial snowplowing company that seems to get all the contracts that no one else wants. We have many apartment and condo complexes that require lots of back-dragging and tight turns. Our 3/4 and 1-ton pickups just don't do as great a job as we'd like. If we utilize our shovel crew, we're beating the guys to death. My question is to those who have found themselves in similar situations. What has proven to be the best method for efficiently clearing driveways and walks? Skidsteers, UTV's, snowblowers, mid-size pickups/suv's...?

  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Well,1st I hope then your charging above average prices then.What type of plow you using? those places suck,by the time you get there,the snow is already packed down so its hard to get the snow up.You could try and pick up a jeep with a back blade on it.
  3. rpwilliams

    rpwilliams Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    We have three company blades: 1) Boss Power-V 2) Blizzard 810PP 3) SnowDogg Straight 8'. None have back-drag edges. Our owner has been contemplating a skid steer or UTV, but I've been leaning more towards a compact pickup with a back-drag blade. Something we don't have to haul around.
  4. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    My vote is for a Ranger with a less than 7' blade and a backdrag edge on the plow. Would make things easier for sure and it could help on the bigger stuff unlike a utv
  5. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    Back blade not back drag edge
  6. aaagosman

    aaagosman Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1

    I have A 2210 john deere With a 54in blade Does a great job.
  7. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    x2- I have one it's a game changer for tight/dead end driveways!
  8. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 554

    Bobcat Tool Cat, with a Kage..... possibly an Ebling (or similar) on the back.
  9. therikid

    therikid Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    If you are getting good money invest in a pull behind plow
  10. rpwilliams

    rpwilliams Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    This is the first I've heard or seen the ToolCat. What a machine! I'm still leery of equipment I have to haul around though. Of all our contracts, we have three tight condominium communities and four apartment complexes. The furthest are 29 miles apart. How does this fair vs. a smaller pickup? I know there will be added cost of insurance and licensing with an on-highway vehicle.
  11. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I have 2 complex until this year I always used a tractor This year added a Skid So much easier Things the skid can do nothing else will compare to it
    Driveways can be drag out or push in to side
    When piles are getting to wide It will stack snow pretty fast
    A skid will turn around on a dime
    My route for my skid is tight From my shop to the complex its 2 miles and on the way there is 10 small lots it can clean on its way to the 2 complex's . So I don't haul mine I just drive it its 2 speed with hydro glide and runs 15-18 mph down the road.
    My skid I run a 7.6 plow could went bigger but you know how people park at those complex's. Sometimes a 7.6 is to wide.
    Small lots I use to do with pickup the skid can do it in half of the time. Since there no backing up time the skid is always plowing.
  12. Mike_C

    Mike_C Senior Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 204

    Years ago I had a lot of very tight sites that I was servicing, we struggled getting the trucks into corners, and wasted time going back to clean up corners with my skidsteer when necessary. Finally I decided to just throw a plow on my wife's jeep a few years back and it made life so much easier
  13. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    You know that they stopped making those two years ago, right?
    Edit... THREE years ago.
  14. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    how about a compact tractor with a loader. You got options with that, especially if you do summer work. Use the laoder to stack snow, put a back blade on it (you can find them cheap at auctions or Craigslist) or you could put a blower on the front or back.....whatever combination you see fits. I use my dirt blade for my own driveway on snow. It works fine, every bit as good as my Meyers. The only problem is my tractor is really light and I run out of traction.
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I hate to ask but what the he11 What are you talking about?
  16. NThill93

    NThill93 Member
    Messages: 96

    skids definitely help a lot in tight spots. Try searching around at auctions and craigslist for some deals. I threw a meyer 7.5' plow on mine and it makes a huge difference. Also for compact pickup look into a dakota, theyre cheap, cheap parts and easy to work on and a large variety of engines and years.
  17. skorum03

    skorum03 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,994

    John deere commercial tractor for walks, bigger tractor with blower, or skid with blower, or skid with blade with back drag blade for drives
  18. sk187

    sk187 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    We use a SS (pictured below) and you cant beat it for tight spots. The downside is that a decent SS is expensive and cost more to repair, you probably also have to haul it. The upside is its the best all around machine and you can use it for summer work.

    A SS can jump up on a raised side walk with out a problem and eliminate alot of shovel work.
  19. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

  20. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437