Got a day off, finally !

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  1. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    After 54 days in a row, we got a whole day off yesterday (Sunday - 1/14/01). Went the whole day without having to salt, plow, stack or haul.

    Never fear.... snow in the forecast tonight - and we got a call to stack snow this afternoon at a food market before it snows again.

    Now we start the count over again.....
     
  2. Deere John

    Deere John LawnSite Senior Member
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    I read a little blurb in my local paper that stated your area as having the second longest run of snow in the area's recorded history. I think the longest was '76/'77.

    My wife just had her right-hand employee quit due to burn-out. We suspected as much and tried to give him a break, but he wants to move on to a more fulfilling field. Is burn-out an issue with you John, after (during) such a run?
     
  3. Iceman

    Iceman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    John,
    Sometimes I find myself wanting to do a snow dance, praying for snow. Because I really do like to plow.
    But good grief, 54 days in a row! No-way! When spring hit after a winter like that, I think you'ld see a bunch of classifieds for snow removal equipment with my phone # at the bottom.
    You guys must buy your cutting edges by the case!
     
  4. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,489

    RE: Burnout
    Not really. We learned about 6 years back (when we went 62 days in a row, got two days off, and then went another 24 days in a row) that we had to rotate people and make sure that they got time off every day (5-8 hours each day).

    Takes some discipline to adhere to it, but it's worth it in the long run.

    RE: cutting edges
    Not by the case. By the skid load. Each truck will go through 6-8 edges a season.
     
  5. Foster

    Foster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    Am I the only guy that breaks stuff? I swear, with every snow event this season, I have had something major break. This weekend, I just tore out the front end of my dodge pickup. U-joint parts all over the snow and broke another shock. Not to mention the alternator that went out on the dumptruck. I think I have the midas touch - except everything I touch turns to s**t! There, I have vented, I feel much better....
     
  6. Foster

    Foster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    sorry, I was trying to post a new 'topic' and now I can't edit it... I'm goin' to bed!
     
  7. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    enjoy the time off while ya got it.

    Geoff
     
  8. Iceman

    Iceman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Don't feel bad Foster, I'm often in the same boat. But you know, when the big stuff breaks, for some reason I can deal with it. Maybe its because I'm used to it I don't know.
    But what really gets me is when all the small stuff breaks.
    Seems like during or after every event, a pull cord breaks on a snowblower, or a bearing goes on the salter, or the plow lights fail, or......! Jeez, and it never ends!
     
  9. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 627

    geez, I think we've only gone out twice since Jan 1st. We're praying for snow here!!!!!
     
  10. Rcgm

    Rcgm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 314

    Alrighty John,
    Been going here about 3 weeks straight with NO work boy ol boy Am I beat.LOL
     

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