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Share your tips: increasing productivity & cutting costs

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by snow patrol, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. snow patrol

    snow patrol Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    Not sure if there are already threads on this topic. But if not, I thought it be nice to share some of the things we all do or have changed to cut costs or increase productivity.

    I'll start. One of the changes we've made for our larger commercial properties is to go from using concrete blocks to create on site salt storage bids to using dumpsters. Its eliminated a lot of set up time both on the front end and on the back end to transport and set up the concrete blocks, its made it easier to tarp the salt that's in the dumpster, it minimizes clean up time at the end of the winter season, and has reduced pavement damage as well. So far its worked well.

    OK, now its your turn. Lets hear what you got!
  2. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Upgrade to more efficient plows. Fisher XLS and EXVs. Pre-Buy bulk salt during the summer saving close to $40 per ton compared to regular season prices.
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    simplest cheapest easiest thing with the most bang for the buck.

    I've met like 5 people this fall who had never used wings before and were just amazed at how much more productive they are (duh)

    Easily 30% gains for a few hundred bucks.

    If you are still running straight blades, you're losing money.
  4. JohnRoscoe

    JohnRoscoe Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    Don't buy and run an insert spreader if you're not big enough to justify it. I see locally and read about too many guys here that can't use a single load per event or store any on-site.

    A good tailgate spreader is 1/3 the cost of an insert and will reduce your salt usage/costs since you won't be compelled to work towards empty, and can reasonably spread 1-2 tons a day, especially if you work close to your shop where pallets of salt are stored.
  5. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Upgrading to technologically superior products. v blades, wideouts, bare min wings (as others have said), sectional pushers, 2 speed skids, late model loaders (they tend to move faster), liquid for cost savings or buying salt in bulk, buying a whole truckload of cacl (split it with others if need be) ... these things all cost money up front but will be well worth the expenditures, if your in it for the long profitable run. To increase productivity you might consider paying a flat fee for each site (this encourages a sub to get it done sooner rather then milking the lot). Just some things that come to mind.....
  6. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Buy a spreader hay will handle bulk. They make tailgate models that will.