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So Matt, are a lot of towns in Conn going with 350-550's? The four newest trucks in my town are 350/450 dumps-including 2 crew cabs (so they can lug the summer hires around cutting grass.) With about 40" of snow in the last two weeks I see the weak point in these trucks- great for going down the middle of the road, but the roads get narrower and narrower and narrower. IMO, takes a big blade and weight to get the sides pushed back. Also I'm out with my Deere cleaning up end of drive as well as around mailboxes and one of the super duties goes by. He throws a little windrow but the surface of the road shows no change to speak of. Ten minutes later one of the International 4900's goes by with a big blade. You can see the difference in the packed snow cover.

No doubt the "One tons" are like half the price and do a good job cleaning up intersections etc but the repeat storms we have had IMO show their limitations.

For the most part Bob everyone is still running big trucks. During the last few storms i noticed our town for one has had contractors working with super dutys which do an ok job. One good thing i have to say about them is that when we had the blizzard of 2013 the town had super dutys with v-blades that opened the roads up no problem and then they'd push it back with the Macks. But for the most part everyone is sticking with class 8 trucks. A few towns have gotten the 650s and equivalent. Dont know how good of a job they do though. I guess theres pros and cons to both. A superduty is much cheaper to operate id imagine with a non-CDL driver and a automatic (as long as it has a cooler) so you dont need as qualified of a person.

As for 4 door trucks, the state has a bunch of internationals that are 4 door.

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Town of Southbury runs a fleet of these alongside Internationals. Heavy duty plow for sure.

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Town of Southbury runs a fleet of these alongside Internationals. Heavy duty plow for sure.

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Whoa Matt-that is one heavy 550-between that big plow, and the sander this thing has to be at the max. Be interesting to see how they hold up-in particular the trans.

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same here in upstate Ny, a lot of towns have a bunch of Super dutys and non 4x4 class 8 IH and Fords and got rid of their antique Macks and Walters. id like to see what happenens when we actually get a good winter again. we are close to it this year actually.

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Whoa Matt-that is one heavy 550-between that big plow, and the sander this thing has to be at the max. Be interesting to see how they hold up-in particular the trans.

It looks to me they buy a couple every year, Last year they totaled two singled axle trucks with the sneakers in the air. Its funny you go to these yards and the public work Director comes to truck with list of questions hews doing what and where Middelbury ct is rebuilding 4 10 wheelers frames tronion springs on their classic 80 vintage Litchfield ct build off cab chassis in there shop,

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I've been replacing outer frame rails from the transmission area back and rebuilding cabs and bodies on the 1900 & 4900 cornbindersfor a few years in Trumbull ct . the computer and electrical systems on the new trucks are killing us. Thank god most are warrantee right now.

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I've been replacing outer frame rails from the transmission area back and rebuilding cabs and bodies on the 1900 & 4900 cornbindersfor a few years in Trumbull ct . the computer and electrical systems on the new trucks are killing us. Thank god most are warrantee right now.

Hmnn- I thought multi-plex was best thing since canned beer :)

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Ok snow removal guru's, I got a couple for ya! How do you charge for cleaning up commercial parking lots like auto parts stores and fast food restaurants? What are the pros/con's to steel vs composite cutting edges and does anyone have a Gator 825i with a plow and how well does it work?

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Jim

That RM needs 2 wings and a V to be able to work properly!!

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It does need to be accessorized for winter.

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That old Walter come from an airport maybe? I've heard of them being popular at the smaller airfields years ago. My dad had the chance to drive one back in the 70's at the small airport he flew out of in the Berkshires.

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Wow- 300 acres = 13,050,000 sq ft. Assuming you have a 12' pusher on that Hyundai, 13,050,000/12=1,087,500 lineal ft or 205 miles of "lane". What is your secret? Typo in the 300? or is it a tank farm of 300 acres and you do the road network in that farm?

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Wow- 300 acres = 13,050,000 sq ft. Assuming you have a 12' pusher on that Hyundai, 13,050,000/12=1,087,500 lineal ft or 205 miles of "lane". What is your secret? Typo in the 300? or is it a tank farm of 300 acres and you do the road network in that farm?

I neglected to mention that a lot of that lot is filled with oil field equipment and trucks and trailers. Its not a fully wide open 300 acres. Sometimes there are even trucks parked in the middle of the lot. Yes that Hyundai struggles pushing the heavy snow as far as i have to push it at times. It is not an easy lot to plow but after 4 years of plowing it I have figured out tricks.

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My old 96 F350 that went to RI got "winterized" and is now for sale

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first thanks for the photo link lots of super stuff there/ now a dumb question about the 350 does that side wing have some kind of breakaway device to keep it from really throwing the truck sideways if you find something immovable hidden in a snow bank?

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My "snow blower"- looks just like my leaf blower.

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Didn't do a bad job though, beats my old square point shovel.

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I blew the pickup off at first, it's still snowing and it looks like a little sleet mixed in it now so I won't be able to blow the sleet away, but that little bit should make it easier to get out. The highway hasn't been touched of course. And I was going to drive the blue truck home, but I decided at the last minute to drive the blue one because I had planned to leave last night.

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Brand new and will see its first snow later this year.  All wheel drive.

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