What Should We Name The Install Tool?? Winner Gets Coffee For Their Office On Us

DiscountSnowStakes

Senior Member
Location
Boston
The driveway markers installation process can be a tedious one. Ideally, it is simple as a hammer and nail application process. If a snow plow contractor uses PRO Line stakes, the hard plastic cap pretty much allows you to simply hammer the stake into the ground and move onto the next one. Unfortunately, things like frozen ground, gravel, sideways installation and many other factors can complicate the process and add a ton of time to the install. Luckily there is a simple solution, the install tool.
The install tool is an impact tested steel spike device with a handle and kick plate. This tool has really made it easy on plow contractors and home owners to install snow stakes into the landscape. I think the first great benefit of using the tool for installation is getting the stakes straight right off the bat. When you hammer them in, even a seasoned snow plow veteran goes a little sideways sometimes. Pressing down on the kick plate creates the hole and gives a straight away entry for snow stakes. Not only does having the stakes straight up look great on the landscape, it also gives a higher percentage of them staying upright during the snow season.
The amount of time you save using the install tool is very significant. Simply press the metal spike into the ground, place the stake where the hole was created, flip the tool over to the hollow side, and hammer the tool down using the handle. The process can actually take up to 5 seconds longer than it does to install the stake normally hammering it into the ground with a mallet. BUT!!!!! Using the traditional method without the install tool will have a certain percentage of stakes that you have to fix or do over. Some stakes will take a long time to get right because of the hard ground or the amount of rock that you have to deal with. So after installing about 1000 snow stakes, the tool helps to install the stakes straighter and quicker.
The most important thing that the install tool does is get the stake deeper into the ground with way less effort. Have you ever heard the expression, “work smarter, not harder” ? Whoever came up with that saying probably would be a huge fan of the snow stakes install tool. Hammering stakes into the ground can be frustrating and take more time to do than we would all like. The install tool installs drives markers 10″-12″ into the ground with very little effort.

Over the years this has become one of our more popular snow stakes add ons for our customers. It is a great value and saves snow plow PRO’s a ton of time and effort.
 

cwren2472

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
north east
Are we allowed more than 1 entry?

Stake Driver

Marker Staker Driver Tool

Installation Tool for Easing the Vertical Alignment and Insertion of Small Diameter High Visibility Man Made Marking Implements™

"The Tool" (verdana font required though I would have preferred ComicSans had it been an option)
 
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DiscountSnowStakes

DiscountSnowStakes

Senior Member
Location
Boston
Are we allowed more than 1 entry?

Stake Driver

Marker Staker Driver Tool

Installation Tool for Easing the Vertical Alignment and Insertion of Small Diameter High Visibility Man Made Marking Implements™

"The Tool" (verdana font required though I would have preferred ComicSans had it been an option)
yes, as many as possible! all good.. looking for a name .. the tool is simple and a good fit
 

Mark Oomkes

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
Grand Rapids, MI
I'm not witty enough to suggest a name...but has there been any thought given (maybe it doesn't work) to making the stake that goes into the ground hollow and slightly larger diameter than the stake so we could put it in the ground and then drop the stake into the tool?

This is a great idea, but if the turf is dense it might be a bit difficult finding the whole.
 

BossPlow2010

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
SE Michigan
I'm not witty enough to suggest a name...but has there been any thought given (maybe it doesn't work) to making the stake that goes into the ground hollow and slightly larger diameter than the stake so we could put it in the ground and then drop the stake into the tool?

This is a great idea, but if the turf is dense it might be a bit difficult finding the whole.
I agree, the tool looks kinda of tedious to use, and time Consuming.
We use hollow stakes and the tool to use them looks like this.

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