Snow & Ice 2002

Anti-Icers: Driving Toward Clearer Roads

Jul 28, 2005 5:04 PM, By Wilfrid Nixon, University of Iowa

Traditionally, much of your snow-removal work involves clearing snow and ice from roads and parking lots after a snow event. While that’s a large part of a winter-management plan, there’s something else to consider, something that could make an easier job of your normal snow and ice removal: anti-icers....

Turning Skid Steers into Snow Movers

Jul 29, 2005 9:50 AM, By Sherrie Baker, Caterpillar Inc.

Each summer, landscape and maintenance crews routinely make the skid-steer loader the busiest piece of equipment on the job. Skid-steer loader buckets haul, brooms sweep and blades level from the break of the first bud to the fall of the last leaf....

Deicers: Melting Away Winter Woes

Jul 29, 2005 10:19 AM, By Christopher M. Safford and Dr. Thomas G. Sanders, Colorado State University

Cities around the United States use thousands of tons of road deicer to help keep roads safe during winter weather. The cost of these products is very important to cities to minimize road snow-clearing costs. The City of Fort Collins, Colo., was faced with this problem two years ago. Two products on the market advertised similar snow-clearing performance, but the costs between the two were significantly different. Obviously, the less expensive product would save the city money initially—but only if it were as effective as the more expensive product. If not, the city would be better off spending a little more for the more effective deicer. To make an educated decision, the city needed to know which of the two deicers was more effective....

Spread the Wealth

Jul 29, 2005 10:38 AM, By Jay Truan, TrynEx International

When the dot-com crash began in early- to mid-2000, sending countless twenty-something company presidents and weekend warrior day-traders to bankruptcy court, the rest of the country watched and wondered if and how it would be affected. But with recent jarring events and the official proclamation of a “recession,” the question is no longer if there will be an effect, it’s now a question of how to deal with a definite slowdown. ...

Pricing it Right

Jul 29, 2005 10:57 AM, By James Huston, J.R. Huston Enterprises, Inc.

Snow removal, sanding and salting work can be some of your most profitable work as long as you do not depend upon the weather. Too many contractors rely upon Mother Nature rather than a well-thought-out business plan and accurate pricing that minimizes risk while optimizing chances for increased profitability. Otherwise, the biggest snow job that you may face is a diluted profit and loss (P&L) statement that gives you a false sense of security....

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