Snow Plowing With The Bobcat





 

This is a shot from the other day (January 14th). The view is from inside the bobcat machine. We only had about a 1/2″ of snow, and we were required to only dispatch our sidewalk crew.

Usually when I get into the bobcat it is not meaningful (usually in the dump truck). But on this day I set out to take care of a couple commercial properInside Bobcatties with high traffic. Since temperatures were going to be much warmer and it was a work day, we would be able to have pavement showing for the high traffic accounts.

With 98% of our properties within bobcat driving distance we are able to be very serviceable. Before I knew it, I darn near completed all but four of our accounts in a matter of 5.5 hours. Sure we only had a minimal snow fall, but the annoyance of this event would have left a sloppy mess.

There really is no greater feeling when you know that you have actually made a difference on a property. We have all visited parking lots or businesses where (as a snow plow contractor or customer) there seems no effort was put forth to clean it up.

My son Adam and I did scrape pavement with our snow plow trucks the next day at the four I did not make it to, which are not bobcat driving distance. We are still anticipating that we will get a significant snow plowing event this year.

Bitterly Cold Snow Plowing Event

 
 
 
 

After a long and dry December we finally received a snow fall around three inches. January 8th was bitterly cold with a wind chill around -30. The crews fought through it and managed to get the route finished in a timely manner.

Most snow events are a “schedule on the fly” situation. Meaning, there are certain factors that play a part in what properties take precedent. Factors such as:

  • Business Hours
  • Call from property
  • Time of Snow Fall
  • Employee Punctuality

Communication is a big player when attempting to service as many properties as we have. The number of properties we have may not seem significant, but the ratio – Equipment to Property is significant. It really does not matter how many properties you have, being serviceable should consume you as an owner/operations manager.

Hats off to the crews for toughing this one out! With no snow in sight for all of next week, back to working on lawn care service agreements.