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"Please document wind speed this season"

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Camden, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    My largest account has always asked that I give them very detailed invoices. In the past I have had no trouble with that but now I think it's getting ridiculous.

    They sent me a letter today asking me to provide the WIND SPEED at the time I'm servicing their accounts. How does a person measure that?? They must think I've got a weather vane sitting next to my light bar :dizzy:
  2. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    uyou can get very detailed reports that pilots use , you jus tneed ot know how to read them , if you PM me... ill help you, they are very detailed and localized, might work...or else just use the weatherservice
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Id agree-its getting out of hand. Good luck on that one.
  4. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I agree, that's ridiculous. What does wind speed have to do with your servicing their account? Have elite1msmith PM the account mgr so they can figure it out themselves and you can concentrate on plowing!
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Sounds like the price will be getting raised.
  6. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    $100 wind speed measuring sur-charge every time you need to report it to them. Id tell them to go fly a kite and find their own damn windspeed! lol
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    OR for grins and giggles, just tell them it's always blowing while you're driving. :angel:
  8. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Whichever direction the snow is blowing, drive as fast as the blowing snow and you should be good to go. Make sure your plow is up though. LOL. That is just a rediculous request...thanks for the laugh.

    I like the surcharge idea!! That is awesome!!
  9. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

  10. Danscapes

    Danscapes Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    This could work to your advantage if your a good business man. Write in your "new" contract that you will monitor wind speed and over a selected MPH you will automatically re-salt the lot to prevent re-freezing from blow back.payuppayup
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Most pilots use. www.intellicast.com
    very good site and the radar has a loop to show you what is coming.
  12. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    you should divide wind speed up into 3 distinct categories based on intensity, going from low to high: (stolen from comedian Lewis Black)
    1. Jesus Christ
    2. Godd*mnit
    3. Holy F**k!

    see how your client likes that...
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    By my professional estimate I'd say 33.7 mph.

  14. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    why do they want it? Trying to decide if the wind is blowing the snow back or if you are really plowing it? You bill them out a hundred bucks per wind drift or what?
    Bill em some more then!!!:nod::drinkup:
  15. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    he needs an actual windspeed, not a guess

    pilots use a TAF report or a METAR report as well as a few others

    heres ohare airports

    KORD 102251Z 08007KT 10SM FEW250 19/07 A3016
    RMK AO2 SLP214 T01890067

    thats the current wind , wind from 080 ( eastward) at 7 knots,
  16. snowbankr

    snowbankr Member
    Messages: 49

    A company called Ben Meadows sends me catalogs all the time. They specialize in outdoor businesses such as Forestry, Surveying, Engineering. They sell hand held wind speed machines. Just threw out the last catalog they sent me in March. Should see the "winter" one soon....
  17. dirtmandan2

    dirtmandan2 Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I guess if I had to do that I would go into my cell phone to accu weather and see what the current weather says.
  18. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    Thanks for the link SnoFarmer. I hadn't gotten around to checking them out yet but I'm surprised they're so cheap.

    My original plan was to list whatever wind speed I hear on the radio while I'm out plowing but now I'll probably get one of those hand held things.

    I still think the whole thing is ludicrous but I'd still rather jump through their hoops than lose the account.
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Never thought of you as a hoop jumper. LOL:drinkup:
  20. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    Yeah that is pretty bad.. Can you just print out online data reports that say 12mph from sw or something off weather.com for the day? or they want one for each site?


    Theyre out there, maybe make them pay for it, or just bury the price of two of these in their new proposal bid lol