If you are looking to add on additional services to your lawn care business to help get you through the winter months why not consider offering snow plowing?
When you are looking for a snow plow there are many different options to consider. Here is some advice from the members at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
Rob suggested “I run a Meyers 8.5′ and it weighs in about 880 lbs with mount. You should always go with a wider plow.
1. The minimum plow width should be wider than your tires so you can get traction and you don’t pack the snow which allows for easier removal.
2. The wider the snow plow more snow removed, less time at property = more money.
3. Before the snow hits, you need to do a layout for the property so you know where the obstacles are, and how you will attack the drive. You need to know where the snow will be piled and most important of all, will the snow plow fit. The manufactures will only offer one maybe 2 sizes bigger than the vehicle it was designed for. Take mine for instance 2001 Chevy 3500 hd 1 ton dually, Meyers offered 7.5 ft width (smaller than my rear duals, 8, 8.5 and 9ft. I chose the 8.5ft width because of some driveways I am doing, but if I add wings I gain a additional 24″ making the plow 10′4″ so i can plow the K-mart parking lot quicker.”
Steve: If you have a smaller truck, you won’t be able to mount such a large snow plow on the front of it. So snow plow manufacturers have come up with smaller light weight snow plows. Some of these lighter snow plows come with the ability to apply downward force. You may be wondering what the benefit of this is. I asked what are the benefits of downward pressure for plows on smaller vehicles?
Tom: “You have the ability to back drag drive way. With the lighter plow (350 lbs) you need the down pressure to help. This is very beneficial when you want to drag snow away from the end of a driveway that meets up with a garage door.”
If you have more questions on which snow plow is right for your truck, ask it on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum here.