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what size truck for this job?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DaySpring Services, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Next year I plan on moving up from driveways to a parking lot at an apartment complex. What size truck do you think would be good for this job? Im looking at some Ram 2500's or F250's. Is that going to be too small. (if you can tell from the pic.)

  2. MJM Landscaping

    MJM Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 259

    You could do that just plow with the storm.
  3. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Sqft?? Looks like you have 2-3 long runs. That could impose a problem in a big event.
  4. Killswitch

    Killswitch Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    I have complexes three times that size with open areas that I do with a 7.5 straight blade.

    Ya run whatcha brung, and what ya can afford.
  5. IMoLwnz.com

    IMoLwnz.com Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I have a storage place that I just measured this year and its 3 acres and it did it last year with a Bronco!!! I was really impressed with how it plowed up hill and that was with a 10 -12 inch storm. I really could almost keep up with a sub that I used and he has a 350 7.3. So I think the run what ya brung is a good plan just have some back up if you get over your head and have plans to get loaders if its a HUGE event.

    I have a question though... How do you BID on them?? and what do you do for the walks? I had a chance at one but turned it down. I didnt like the managers and how they were planning on subbing their snow work.
  6. frostservices

    frostservices Member
    Messages: 63

    Don`t think you would want any more than a 3/4 ton it`s to hard to see cars in a bigger truck.
  7. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Since when is it hard to see cars in a bigger truck, I would much rather drive my international than my pick up plowing , you can see a whole lot more looking down .
  8. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I don’t think the long runs are over 300 feet long, drives are probably about 20-25 feet wide. It's really not as big as it looks in the areal view. I do have a regular job on the grounds there. The guy that’s plowing this year is using a F-550. He isn’t too reliable, he does show up, but it takes awhile. He has subs plow quite often. They usually show up in broncos or other suv’s. It’s kinda funny watching them try to plow. I know the contract pays pretty good.
  9. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    How long did it take to push 3 acres in a 12" storm with a Bronco? Just curious. ;)
  10. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    lets put it this way.....last storm of the season last year, heavy wet snow, about 18 inches. He was there from 9am to about 3 or 4 pm.
  11. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Yeah, I was thinking about 8hrs. Hope he had places to put it. Pushing complexes you want to be in and out in the middle of the night before the car situation gets out of hand. Plan on making additional visits to clear parking spots even after the event ends. It's not like an industrial building where everyone comes and leaves around the same time. :cool:
  12. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Actually the parking infront of the apartments is cleared out by on-site maintance with a John Deere snowblower. So I dont even have to plow any of the red boxes because there will be cars parked there whenever I plowed.

  13. BayviewLawn

    BayviewLawn Member
    Messages: 67

    Sorry i dont have much input on how to plow the lot.But where did you get a picture like that?
  14. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    i doubt this is where he got the picture, but "Google Earth" is a pretty good satallite photo program. I used it to figure out my hunting field. The clarity goes down when you zoom in a lot for small parking lots, but for large parking lots it would be great.
  15. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    yes, that picture is from google earth. It's a great program and free to download. I did notice it is older though, by a few years. Newer roads and complexes are not on it.
  16. mole

    mole Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    do you have helpers with you?. it looks like a lot of sidewalks. also are you going to have to salt?.
  17. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    sidewalks would not be my responsibility. I'd only have to take care of the lot. Salt is an open contract. I would salt whenever the grounds manager wants me to.
  18. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Try looking at your county tax office's web site. Ours has aerial shots of the county with property lines/parcel numbers superimposed over the pictures. Multiple years are offered to view also. It takes a little bit to get used to the system but it is too cool to play with.
    It also may have other info that may be of value,like who owns the property,how much they paid,who holds the mortgage for how much.
  19. Ken1zk

    Ken1zk Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    I used to plow an apartment complex lot very similar to this one, with an old 3/4 ton chevy. I would bet the ram will get the job done just fine. Plow with the storm and you'll be good to go. :nod:
  20. IMoLwnz.com

    IMoLwnz.com Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    with the Bronco and the Sub I used I billed 7 hrs. and that was also going back and cleaning up and getting very clsoe to all the doors to with about a foot to foor and a half