During a heavy snow storm, having at least 20-30% of your overall operating capacity in reserve is good practice. Not only will you have extra equipment capacity if needed, but you’ll be able to adapt to equipment malfunctions and breakdowns without downtime.
There are numerous other ways to prepare for unexpected breakdowns or challenges during a snow event:
- Develop a good relationship with local rental stores and dealers of your preferred equipment, and prepare them for potential calls at non-traditional times.
- For basic items, like hydraulic hoses etc., purchase these up front and keep them in the cab of the equipment, in case your operator needs to make a quick onsite fix.
- Hiring a mechanic for heavy storms or working with a local mechanic shop for help
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