5 Quick and Easy Maintenance Tips for In-Season Snow Plow Maintenance

by Marge Lang 30. December 2013 08:17

Winter weather can take a toll on your vehicle, making mid-season checks vitally important in preventing costly breakdowns on your snow removal fleet. The following are simple maintenance steps you can take throughout the plowing season to keep your vehicles running at their peak performance:




Better Management of Production Workers Can Maximize Their Potential

by Pete Robison 23. December 2013 10:29

Worker removing snow and ice from a sidewalk.

As an industry, we need to reevaluate the importance of production workers in sidewalk snow clearing operations.  This group – usually part-time employees and often the lowest paid – should be the focal point of our management systems, beginning with the crew leaders who supervise them.  


Thoughts on Customer Renewals & Multi-Year Contracts

by John Allin 17. December 2013 12:03

The entrepreneurial spirit within demands that we (as small business owners) continue growing our business’s in order fulfill the goals we set for ourselves when we started out.  These growth goals demand that we plan in some form in order to assist in achieving these goals.  When making the jump from operating a small ‘mom and pop’ operation to running a full blown business enterprise, projecting cash flows becomes an issue that requires attention.  One way to achieve these goals is to have reoccurring business each year.  Often, we run around each fall (or spring) making presentations to customers in an effort to renew them for each season.


How to Effectively and Safely Plow Icy Roads

by Pete Robison 10. December 2013 08:10

Heavy snow can present many difficulties for your plow team, but icy conditions present an entirely different set of challenges. Icy roads are one of the most dangerous and unpredictable places for your drivers to clear safely and successfully

However, plowing icy roads, while difficult, can be done effectively and efficiently by following these guidelines:



Be Good to Subcontractors and Grow Your Business

by Pete Robison 3. December 2013 11:07

Take care of sub contractors so you can grow your snow and ice removal business.The way subcontractors are paid is a big deal.  They’re the lifeblood of our industry and you need them to survive, so they should be paid on time and in full, always.  Stretching them out will give you a bad reputation, and that’s hard to shake.  These guys know who’s paying on time and who isn’t.  Good companies have service providers waiting to work for them because they’re always dependable. 


When paying subcontractors by the hour, consider a "differential system" depending on the type of equipment they use.  Start with a base rate that’s fair, and pay more for larger and better plows (such as a ‘V’ blade, snow wings, or capture blade).  Increase the compensation for their second and/or third year.  Offer more to drivers with an automatic transmission instead of a manual.  (No matter how much they plead, drivers simply can’t back up as fast with a standard transmission.)