Yeah, Dig and Iowastrom have spun a ration of xyz about all the money to join SIMA and the only real benifit they saw was the stciker that you can put on your truck.IMO SIMA is the best value for your money that you can make in the snow removal industry.
I'm rather wet behind the ears concerning snow removal, so it was a natural to join SIMA for me. SIMA members have been very helpful. Whenever I ask for help on or off forum, etc. they give the answers I want with no intrepidation.
I bought the video, too. John Allin didn't push, but said SIMA membership would be helpful. I'm so thankful I spent that money! Also, can't wait until the next video comes out. The video costs what the average guy is charging for an hour of plow time. How can one go wrong there???
As helpful as members of this forum can be, I find SIMA members to be that much more willing to divulge their pricing schemes, sample contracts, etc. Maybe it is coincidence, but I think not.
IMHO, don't hesitate to join unless you already know everything you want to know about snow removal and ice management. I am sure I will benefit from membership for many years to come.
Also, Chuck has a snowplowing manual. I'm buying it as well. The more info we are armed with, the more money we are going to make.