Do you live in an area where it snows? Is snow plowing a service you currently or would like to perform in the future? Are you concerned about attaching a snow plow to the front of your truck for fear it will send it to an early grave? Why not then consider a compact utility tractor to perform your snow plowing in the future. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on why this landscaper decided to use his tractor instead of his truck to snow plow.
He wrote “To say the last 48 hours has been a challenge would be a gross understatement when it comes to snow. I would guess we received around 18 to 20″ which is fine by me. It started off as fluff, then turned to freezing rain. As the temperature dropped and it started freezing. The snow was unreal how fast it was falling.
I plowed 27 driveways, sometimes not getting home until 2 a.m. then heading back at 5am so people could get to work. It was one of the hardest snow removals I have come across in 20 years.
One of the things I do differently than a lot of other snow plow services is that I use a tractor to plow snow. My snow plow has a quick attachment which lets me drop the plow and swap it with my bucket in about 1 min tops. It is a real slick setup.
Aside from plowing I must have pulled 30 cars and trucks out of ditches in between snow plowing jobs. Even without chains, my tractor has amazing traction and if needed I can drop the arms of the backhoe and use it to pull people out. I charge a flat rate of $25.00 to do this.
Over this past snow storm I ran my tractor for almost 20 hours, snow plowing on one tank of diesel! They really are fuel efficient.
There are a bunch of benefits to using a tractor over a truck for snow plowing. The tractor’s bucket is excellent for getting snow out of the way. Wet or frozen snow, it doesn’t matter. I am also able to use it to clear bus stops and fire hydrants.
Compared to a pickup, the tractor blows a truck out of the water. A truck can’t hold a candle to these when it comes to pushing power and you have to look at operational costs. It costs me about $70.00 a day in gas to run a four wheel drive truck, for roughly a 10 hour shift. My tractors, might cost me $15.00 tops and they are built for the job. Unlike a truck, where you are wearing down your front end components the moment you attach a heavy plow to it. The tractor is built to plow, lift and dump.
When winter is over, my tractor can then be utilized for many other services my business offers. So my advice to others is, use your truck to haul you and your equipment around but use a tractor to plow snow.”