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Should I get The Snow Stakes Install Tool? Driveway Marker Installation

Discussion in 'Discount Contractor Warehouse' started by Diamond King Tools, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Diamond King Tools

    Diamond King Tools Sponsor
    Messages: 55

    We field this question about 20 times a day during the busy season. Customers constantly ask, should we get the install tool? The answer issssss…… MAYBE. Anything that can help with the tedious process of installing driveway markers is obviously worth considering. On the other hand, adding processes to an already time consuming task may not be worth it. You be the judge.
    Why should you order the snow stakes install tool? Watch the video, the tool creates a pilot hole that you can easily place the marker in. This alone probably makes the installation process significantly easier. But then, there’s the slide hammer application. On the other end of the install tool is a hollow end. This allows you to pound the snow stake into the ground with very little effort. Also, my favorite part about using the tool for installation is the markers actually go into the ground STRAIGHT. When I install the stakes without the tool, they’re usually a little sideways.
    [​IMG]Why I shouldn’t bother with the driveway marker installation tool? Cost is a factor. Snow stakes are expensive. adding valuable dollars to an already expensive and frustrating part of the snow removal business isn’t ideal, but the money spent could save you aggravation too. Also, adding the extra process can turn a 2 hour process into a 4 hour one really quick. It can take up to about 15 seconds more to install stakes using the install tool versus installing markers without the tool. Let’s say you have to install 2000 stakes, that is adding a potential 30,000 seconds to your process, I’m too lazy to convert that into hours.
    Overall, if I had to install them, I’d spend the money on the tool. It’s really popular and we rarely get any negative feedback. Sometimes they break due to frozen ground, force etc, but for $40 bucks, you can’t beat it.
    MNLawns likes this.
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,608

    Use 1 x 2 wood stakes and a 3 lb hammer
    knox gsl likes this.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,888

    I've never used a snow stake. Lots of old folks around here with those little driveway reflectors. Wonder how long before this is sent to plowsite?
  4. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,831

    He's paying, he's staying.
    starry night and knox gsl like this.

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,385

    What’s the price for that? Looks cool
  6. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 4,333

    this is their forum here on the site so yes, he can post this in here and on PlowSite
  7. MNLawns

    MNLawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from MN
    Messages: 1,298

    I like it... when we start to flag our own drives, i will have to pick some up
    JLSLLC likes this.
  8. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,608

    It’d be handier when the ground is semi frozen
    Harder to get those little tiny whip antennas to go in
    I’ve used a dewalt cordless drill before
    JLSLLC likes this.
  9. Mr. Jon

    Mr. Jon LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 163

    I bought one and it bent. A 12" spike and hammer works better for a pilot hole.
    JLSLLC likes this.
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    Diamond King Tools

    Diamond King Tools Sponsor
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