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new sidewalk snowplowing video

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Bob M

03-23-2017 14:22:39




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Following up db4570's snowplowing post and photos last week, here's link to short video I shot while plowing sidewalks in downtown Rochester NY during the March 15 "snow event".

Plowing is performed with a fleet of modified (narrowed and ballasted), 60+ year old Farmall and Oliver tractors.

Enjoy!

...Bob M

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steve_in_mo

03-25-2017 17:44:15




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
The governor on the old Ollie has been tweaked a bit!
Sounds good.



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db4570

03-24-2017 06:14:27




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
Wow, Bob. The video is great. I was kicking myself for not getting some footage myself, since I may not plow again next year, and we may be done for this year. But your video really captures what it's like.

Thanks,

David



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Ande

03-23-2017 19:35:07




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
Great video Bob, thanks for sharing



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Phil Tibbetts

03-23-2017 18:17:35




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
Love the video. I would think the driver would freeze his you know what off.



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Bob M

03-23-2017 19:19:10




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Phil Tibbetts, 03-23-2017 18:17:35  
To everyone's questions -

Phil T: Drivers keep warm wearing Carhartt arctic coveralls, pack boots, snowmobile helmets, etc. A heat houser on every tractor helps too.

Al L: Taxpayers fund the snowplowing. (It's one of the reasons the area has the second highest overall tax burden in the entire nation....)

47fivewindow: Driver pay is privileged info. It is however lucrative(!)

dgoodman2: They've found nothing clears sidewalks better and faster than a narrowed 40's era row crop tractor. And compared to a skid steer, compact tractor, tracked (Bombardier) sidewalk plow, the old tractors are inexpensive to purchase, hard to break and easy to fix.

Charlie M: These guys plow the entire city - can't pick and choose which neighborhoods to avoid. Fortunately with a 0 deg windchill and 30" of fresh snow the streets are pretty much free of bad guys - and everyone else - during a plow run.

jeffcat: Unsure of the actual number of plows - there's a couple contractors doing this in the city. I'm guessing however a total 40 or so tractors altogether, including spares.

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Al L. in Wisc.

03-23-2017 17:51:34




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
Bob; my ? is, until seeing your video link, which I have seen Rochester, NY plowing before; in my part of the taxpayer world the property owner or tenant is responsible for snow removal? Enlighten me.

Cool video by the way.



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47fivewindow

03-23-2017 17:21:27




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
How much do you have to pay them to do that? LOL



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kfnut

03-23-2017 16:00:15




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
I'm just glad I don't live up there .



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Steve A W

03-23-2017 15:56:58




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
Impressive!



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dgoodman2

03-23-2017 15:26:52




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
This is great. Looks like fun but cold job. Why do they use all the older tractors? Narrow footprint? Lugging power?



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Charlie M

03-23-2017 15:03:28




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
You did it without being shot at. Hopefully you were plowing in a better part of town. I'm near Rochester so I know the deal there.



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jeffcat

03-23-2017 14:46:44




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 Re: new sidewalk snowplowing video in reply to Bob M, 03-23-2017 14:22:39  
Hokey smokey. First off they really norrow them up so they can run on the sidewalks. Next you guys drive like crazy. How many tractors has this guy got ? Looks like maybe 50 of them? Neat video!



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