Straight Blade Snowplow
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Skid-Steer & Tractor Tips
Skid-steers aren’t just versatile in design and performance, they can also adapt to various business needs. If you think a skid-steer will help with your snow removal contracts, here’s a few business logistics to consider while keeping profitability and efficiency in mind.
It’s no secret that owning a skid-steer is an investment. Depending on the type and size of your business, renting can be a suitable option if needed for part-time use. Companies using a skid-steer all year long may determine there are more benefits and financial gains to owning the equipment. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a trailer to transport your skid-steer if using it on multiple job sites.
Advantages to Buying:
Benefits to Renting:
Rent to Own:
Still not sure if you should rent or buy? Then leasing might be right for you. At the end of the leasing term, you can weigh the business pros and cons and decide if you’re ready to acquire the equipment and grow your business long term. During the lease, you can even rent other attachments and see how easy it is to turn your skid-steer into a multi-purpose machine.
It’s common to see skid-steer plows stored at strip malls, grocery stores, and large commercial lots that need frequent upkeep during the winter. Maintaining safety for customers and reducing liability risk is crucial for these types of properties.
Hauling Equipment With a Trailer: Although you may need to race back and forth between accounts, it’s great to be able to take care of multiple properties with the same machine. It’s also under your supervision at all times rather than leaving it somewhere and worrying about accidental damage while you’re away.
Storing Equipment Onsite: This is the most common approach due to the time-consuming nature of loading and uploading equipment. If you can afford to dedicate a winter setup to one facility, then it can reduce a lot of headache and inefficiencies. Employees can drive to the site and keep the machine working in shifts. Make sure there’s a place to plug in your equipment, especially in cold temperatures, but keep jumper cables on hand just in case.
The longevity of your equipment is based on the completion of routine maintenance. Making time to inspect your skid-steer before and after each job ensures efficiency, increases productivity, and extends the life of your skid-steer. Whether you purchase a skid-steer or rent one, both require seasonal and daily maintenance per manufacturer guidelines.
Tip: Add anti-gel additive in the fuel after each plow, before shutting the equipment down to reduce condensation in the tank.
Don’t forget to catch up on the benefits and techniques of skid-steer plowing:
Put Your Skid-Steer to Work this Winter With a Straight Blade or Winged Plow