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Got a day off, finally !

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by John Allin, Jan 15, 2001.

  1. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    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 Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    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 Member
    Messages: 31

    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 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    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 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Is it just me?

    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 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

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

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    enjoy the time off while ya got it.

    Geoff
     
  8. Iceman

    Iceman Member
    Messages: 31

    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 Senior Member
    Messages: 248

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

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

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

    HandyHaver Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Hey John,

    How do we get one of those lakes over here in Philly??

    Mark
     
  12. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    First handy, you're gonna need alot of excavation equipment andBig dump trucks...

    Then go to the west side of Philly and start digging. As you dig truck everything to the east side of Philly and start building your mountain range.

    After you get your hole deep enough and long enough, and your mountain range high enough, get a long garden hose and start filling.

    I figure that if you star right now, by the time you acquire the property and get the necessary DEP permits, arrange all the subcontractors, and get the hole dug and filled, it just might be the year 2150( if your lucky enough to finish it by then).

    Is it really worth it!!!

    Just remember man, God has a mean, wicked sense of humor. Thats why places like Chicago, Erie, Buffalo, Syracuse and others get the heavy duty snow.
     
  13. Yardworks

    Yardworks Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    John, just curious. What are your hobbies? What did you do on your day off? My guess is you did something related to snow removal or business? You love it to much to ignore it for a day.
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,852

    I thought I really loved snowplowing, but I'm not sure I love it that much.
     
  15. Rcgm

    Rcgm Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    Hey Mark,
    Snowplowing is one of those things.You either love it hate it or kinda like me do it to keep customers happy keep the lights on and take the ol wife out to din din.
     
  16. HandyHaver

    HandyHaver Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    John,

    Permit??? We don't need no stinkin permits!!!

    I have 10 properties in w/philly, but scattered. I'll have to start buying them togeher. Will keep you posted!!

    Mark
     
  17. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Big Bucks John,

    With all that money rolling in,can I expect dinner in Denver? You are truly the King!
    Mike
     
  18. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    I know that at least one meal comes with attending the Symposium.

    Does that count ??

    As for hobbies ??

    What's a hobby ?