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One tool that you cant live without

Discussion in 'Government Property Snow Removal' started by Red_Rattler, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. Red_Rattler

    Red_Rattler Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    We have alittle "extra" money in our tool budget (couple thousand) and we were asked whats one tool or a couple we want to get to help us out day to day or with certain tasks in our profession. So I'm looking for ideas of what you guys find is useful or helps get a job done faster or something new and cool. I've been thinking and cant come up with much, Just seeing if theres something out there that we dont have or never heard of. Thanks
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Have to keep the workers happy.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  3. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    We recently bought a mini ductor inductive heating system. Its electro magnetic and only heats the metal it comes in contact with. It heats metal without using a flame, great for heating nuts or bolts (red hot) that are close to rubber hoses or in our case air lines on the truck. Its a hand held unit about 2" round by 16" long that plugs into 110, very easy to use and much more handy then dragging out the torches. It was around $600.
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

  5. CowboysLC_DE

    CowboysLC_DE Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    What type of work are you doing?

    Maybe employee winter clothing?

  6. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    Have them Invest it and maybe you could have double what you have now in a year.

    However, if you're looking to spend now, a hot water pressure washer is a good purchase
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  7. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Who's your investment advisor? Even Bernie Madoff couldn't pull that trick off.
  8. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    Hammers ranging from small to big
  9. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    I bought a single stage commercial Toro blower. First chance I get, I'm buying another.
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Since its a gov't entity,raises taxes,don't need to invest.
  11. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Working on cars/trucks, a big ass air-over-hyrdo press.
  12. PHS79

    PHS79 Member
    Messages: 48

    At the top of our "wish list" is a hot water pressure washer.

    But since I started with our muni last year I have managed to get our department to upgrade all our cordless tools (more tools and all one brand vs the variety pack they had when I started), 2 new portable tool sets to take out in to the field to work with, also a smaller portable torch set.
  13. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Now that I'm done being a smart Alec I'll 2nd a hot water pressure washer. You always do a better repair job when the parts are clean, and hot water washing saves more than it costs in the long run.
  14. Xtreme Fab

    Xtreme Fab Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Gas drive welder. Power source up to 15,000 volts, and 300 amps of power to weld all the stuff everyone breaks. I used to plow with my welding truck. The guy I worked for loved it. Fixed everyone's stuff that broke during the storm.
  15. Red_Rattler

    Red_Rattler Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Thanks for the input so far! Lots of great ideas
  16. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    It's a toss up between my Bridgeport Mill(DRO) or my miller dynasty 300DX TIG welder. I use them both almost every day.
  17. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    Some of the best money I've spent was putting my computer (with a printer) in the truck with me. Makes billing a breeze and is great for when a customer comes out to meet you with a "I thought I paid this" question. Pull their account up in QB and it's right there, check #, date & amount of last payment. Arrive on location, enter charges, hit print and invoice is ready to hang on the door. I started with a Dell laptop, but now have a Dell XPS all in one, so it's touch screen (basically a huge tablet). It's mounted on a Jotto Desk. I even have GPS software on it, so it's way better than trying to read road names on your tiny phone screen. I figured if cops can have one in their car, why can't I?
  18. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Let's remember this is Public Works not private for profit. He said a couple of thousand$. The purchase needs to benifit the operation as a whole, not on truck. After hot water washer I'd go with the inductive heater. I've watched them work and it's impressive.
  19. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Hot power washer is great, a company i work for has one that ran us about $4800. Needs 220 power to run, then you can use basically anything to fuel the burner for heat (diesel, kerosene, and some others, can be mixed all together) but also allows us to add detergent and we can wet sand blast with it. Awesome machine.
  20. expressonate

    expressonate Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hot pressure washer, more rugged winter globves and high vis clothing. Any motorist versis plow equipment collisions? (plow vehicles being rear ended) High vis decals and flashing lighting on the tailgates and rear bumpers as well as "bumper protector" mounts for rear hitches if equipped.