Snow & Ice 2001

Uncovering Extra Profits

Jul 28, 2005 11:43 AM, By Jim Baugh, Cutting Edge Enterprises, Inc.

Snow removal is an important service that is often required to retain annual contracts. Many customers prefer to deal with one service provider for all their grounds maintenance needs—including snow removal. It maintains consistency and is less work for your client; however, snow removal is more than just plowing lots, and like any other business, it is competitive. Efficiency, equipment and employees are the keys to a successful operation. In order to make snow plowing pay, you need to consider the following points....

Slippery Conditions? Get a Grip

Jul 28, 2005 11:58 AM, By Wendelyn Crosby

Put a working plan in place and your crew and equipment will be well-prepared for snow and ice removal. Just a few simple procedures can assure a smooth, successful and profitable snow-removal season....

Keep Snow Cleared for Takeoff

Jul 28, 2005 12:20 PM, By Tom Long, Pittsburgh International Airport

Hour after hour, the snow kept falling. Inch by inch, it piled up and slowly began to bring a fast-moving city to a crawl. It was March 1993, and one of Pennsylvania’s worst winter storms in history was taking its toll on Pittsburgh, dumping 27 inches of snow in the area....

Adhering to the Rules of Traction

Jul 28, 2005 12:42 PM, By John Habermann, Purdue University

Snow and ice control is becoming more important to more people and agencies with each passing season. As local government agencies work to supply timely snow clearing, they are discovering that local contractors can assist them. Also, private businesses are realizing the economic benefits of having a timely snow and ice control plan....

Clearing the Way with New Technology

Jul 28, 2005 3:09 PM, By Harvey J. Williams, Illinois Department of Transportation

Will the snow and ice industry ever unite with advanced technology? The marriage is inevitable. If you don’t think so, just take a look around: Designers, engineers and scientists are making use of technology that will impact everything from agriculture to space. This is not so farfetched. ...

Plows Overcome Mounting Challenges

Jul 28, 2005 3:25 PM, By John Berlowski, Hiniker Company

Quick Hitch, Minute Mount, Rapid Tach, Ultra Mount, EZ-Mount … These are just a few of the names of mounting systems currently offered by snowplow manufacturers. Their names imply simple and fast hook ups, but do they deliver? In a word: yes. Never before has it been this easy....

Ice Breakers

Jul 28, 2005 3:37 PM

The weather outside may have been hot and sticky, but inside, everyone was talking about the upcoming snowstorm. It’s never too early to prepare for it, and that was the prevailing message brought to attendees at this year’s International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo in Louisville, Ky....

Safe Snow Removal

Jul 28, 2005 3:51 PM, By Cindy Ratcliff, editor

Everyone else in town is at home, enjoying the comfort of a warm bed. But not you. You're out in the element. In the cold. And, instead of getting some shut-eye before breakfast, you're pulling an all-nighter to get that parking lot plowed by the start of business tomorrow....

Getting Your Priorities Straight

Jul 28, 2005 4:35 PM, By Tim Holysz, Western Michigan University

Whether you’re clearing snow for a few commercial properties or for an entire university, the first thing you need to do is put together a plan of action. This includes setting priorities and goals for your snow-removal activity. At Western Michigan University, we’ve done just that. Outlined in the following paragraphs is a brief written strategy detailing how we use all available tools to remove snow and ice from the university campus in order to satisfactorily meet the needs of our campus community....

Ice Breakers

Jul 28, 2005 4:48 PM

Snow and ice may have been the furthest thing from their minds when they arrived, but by the time attendees of the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo left the show, they had been reminded that the next snow season is right around the corner. The Expo, which was held in Louisville, Ky., last July, featured an all-new Snow & Ice Pavilion, where manufacturers displayed their snow-removal equipment and supplies. As a special part of the new Snow & Ice Pavilion, Expo coordinators joined efforts with Snow & Ice Manager magazine to sponsor a series of educational sessions called "Ice Breakers." These sessions focused on topics that are important to the snow and ice industry....

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