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Got a day off, finally !

John Allin

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Erie, PA
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.....
 

Deere John

LawnSite Senior Member
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?
 

Iceman

LawnSite Member
Location
Saginaw,Mi
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!
 
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John Allin

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Erie, PA
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.
 

Foster

LawnSite Member
Location
south dakota
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....
 

Iceman

LawnSite Member
Location
Saginaw,Mi
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!
 

yardsmith

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ohio
geez, I think we've only gone out twice since Jan 1st. We're praying for snow here!!!!!
 
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