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What's your plowing trigger?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mkwl, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    For those of you who plow in suburban/urban areas with paved drives (not gravel), what is your trigger (amount of snow that has to fall before you plow)? Personally, all my customers have agreed to have their drives plowed (and walks shoveled) at 1 1/2+".

    How about you?
  2. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,160

    Some are 1" and some are 2". I don't go any higher than 2" for a trigger.
  3. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,522

    2inches for both resi and commercial.
  4. Stripe This

    Stripe This Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 31

    2 for commercial, 3 for residential
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I have contract people at 1/2" and regular trigger at 2"payup
  6. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Usually two - three inches. People are cheap sometimes! One guy told me 6 inches or more. I said to Hell with that, I don't want to beat on my equipment.

    One apartment building wants it plowed, sanding, and shoveled at a dusting and up! No joke. MONEY MONEY MONEY! payup payup payup ...

    I also plow a private road... an up hill road. It's at 1 1/2 inches... the other places are residential and a couple commercial but people around here like sand, so I make more money sanding than plowing at times.
  7. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,085

    We roll at 2" but we have yet to roll at all this season. We have some nice new equipment that could put some coin in the bank, if it would only SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    2 inches commercial and residential, salt when it is less
  9. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    2 inch plow trigger salt everything below away
  10. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,229

    2inch plow & salt when its less..

    WALKERS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    Two inch Comm[Res think about changing it to 0 :D Our new one is not trigger but how DEEP the puddles are.:eek:
  12. Antnee77

    Antnee77 PlowSite.com Addict
    from RI
    Messages: 1,056

    2" Trigger here.
  13. QCS

    QCS Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    2" here in Delaware..................
  14. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    1" here:salute:
  15. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Couldn't have said it better
  16. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    1" Commerical
    2" Residentals but a few at 1"

    Salting when ever it is raining/flurries and making the ground wet/snowing.
  17. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    2" accross the board.

    1" for salting / sidewalk clean-up (per push billing)
  18. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    Couple 3 / 4 banks I do, 1/4" and up, anything under is salted, everything else is at 1".

    Pretty much anything where the tire tracks has ridges on the sides when you drive through a parking lot, those all get plowed.
  19. NorthernILPlwr

    NorthernILPlwr Member
    Messages: 58

    1 1/2 Commercial

    One residential wants only at 4'' or above. The other residential is anything
  20. SnoBunny

    SnoBunny Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Businesses and full time residents we plow at 2" here in northern MI, except for the Walmart/Home Depot/Office Max/Lowes parking lots, they're at 1/2" payup

    We're kinda in a "resorty" area too so alot of downstate people have us plow their drives at 6-8" just for emergencies. If they plan on coming up, they just give us a call the day before so we can go knock it out.