I use to get calls for golf alignment sticks all the time. I would talk to the customer for a little bit and they’d tell me about how our snow stakes are awesome for their golf game. I would just shrug my shoulders and ship them out. I’m not a golfer myself, so I never knew what they were talking about.
Obviously, the golf alignment stick demand has sky rocketed and we have been focusing on reaching golfers to get them before they buy their alignment sticks elsewhere. This is because golf alignment stick companies charge up to ten times per stick than we do.
We will profile some of the drills golfers use our alignment sticks for over the next few weeks. These drills include, golf ball flight drills, full golf swing drills, golf putting drills, and form and focus golf drills.
Basically, the golf alignment sticks are an effective tool to straighten out your swing and focus on your game. Save money with us and don’t over pay.
Discount Snow Stakes had an absolute blast at the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) trade show in Providence Rhode Island. The Dunkin Donuts Center was a great facility and the surrounding area had a ton of restaurants and shops to go to.
Obviously any trip to Providence isn’t complete without getting over to Newport so hopefully everyone was able to get over there and see all the things that the small beach town has to offer.
Discount Snow Stakes met so many current customers for the first time face to face. It is great to actually meet the people who support us and get our driveway markers year after year.
We brought our driveway markers to show the snow and ice community why we have the best fiberglass driveway markers on the market. We also unveiled a few new products and options for our snow stakes that will have our customers excited for Winter 2016. More reflective tape options and color combinations have given customers even more reason to customize their snow stakes to their company color scheme. We have added green snow stakes with blue reflective tape and yellow snow markers with red reflective tape. The tape is Xtreme Viz which offers no dulling when wet and really allows snow plow drivers to see the driveway markers at night time.
Overall, it was one of the better or more productive SIMA shows. Thanks to everyone that came by our booth and showed support along with SIMA staff and the whole city of Providence. Already looking forward to Montreal next year.
Installing driveway markers in October is a simple enough task. It’s as easy as hammering a nail into a piece of wood. However, as it gets colder throughout November and December, it can be a labor intensive process. Also, on more compact hard ground, driveway markers can give you fits trying to install. Gravel type applications can be even more challenging.
One of the simplest ways to get your driveway markers into the ground is using our installing tool. This is a simple metal framed tube. It has a small kick plate at the end that allows you to push down with your foot and create a six inch hole for the snow marker to go into. The driveway marker install tool also has a hollow top. You place this over the driveway marker and push down using the tool as a slide hammer.
Driveway marker installation is a necessary evil in the snow removal business. So as mentioned earlier, try and get your markers in by the end of October or early November. This is the best way to make the install process go smooth and quick.
Below is Discount Snow Stake video showing how to use the driveway marker install tool. If you ever have any questions on anything related to our driveway markers, do not hesitate to ask.
Driveway markers are in general very easy to install. They are fiberglass so have some rigidity to them that allow them to be driven into the ground very simply. But the driveway marker installation tool really does help make the process much more simply. Having a quality snow stake allows the product to stay stiff enough to be driven into the ground without any issues. Snow removal companies should focus on good quality snow stakes and get them into the ground early enough to save time and money.
Uber is a super successful do it yourself cab company. It’s fast, it’s cheap and it’s efficient. So why can’t the same model be taken and applied to snow plowing? The concept is the exact same, but the realities of needing a ride to a bar and needing your driveway plowed during a snow storm are completely different.
Our friends at Plow Me have been working this strategy for years and have made it a workable business. This coming snow plowing season is looking to be their best with a ton of improvements on the horizon.
Also, Snow Business magazine highlighted this Winnipeg Metro article. Basically, the city of Winnipeg is looking to have smaller independent snow plow truck drivers sub from the city in an uber style app.
Overall the technology and customer acceptance is close for “uber for snow plow” technology. I’m excited to see how it evolves in the coming years.
We deal with a lot more products than just snow stakes. Depending on the season and product availability, we may distribute salt, shovels or walk behind salt spreaders. Sometimes, our bigger customers want to try their hand at reselling these products to earn a couple extra bucks. We have had more of our customers turn this into a success rather than fail at trying to become resellers, but there are a ton of risks that you take when trying your hand in the retail game.
Here is an article from Snow Business Magazinethat outlines some of the pros and cons of distributing items like salt and other retail items. To be successful and turn it into a couple extra bucks, you obviously need good distributors that will work with you. The distributor should ultimately have your best interests in mind and not try to get you to take on more product than you can probably handle. Also, you need operations set up prior to taking on the product and figuring it out. What I mean by that is, where will you store the salt? can you keep it dry and safe from theft? Do you have someone on hand that can load it for customers? Will you bill customers? Cash only?
Overall there is always money to be made by moving good products and materials but taking the proper precautions is an important factor to consider.
Does the quality of your snow stakes matter to you? As we get closer to the end of the snow removal season, we are preparing to make modifications on our driveway markers. So the question we need help answering is, does the quality of the fiberglass stake matter?
The fiberglass quality of our stake is professional grade. Our armor-tech poly cap improves every year and our reflective tape is highway sign grade. But… Does it matter to you? Every year we come up with lower price alternatives to compete with wood stakes. We also need to compete with the 3 foot stake and hollow stake pricing which can be as low as $.59. We think these options are junk, but, doesn’t matter what Discount Snow Stakes thinks, it matters what you think. Please tell us.
So, in closing…. is the lowest price snow stake most important to you? Or is having a quality driveway marker significant?
Take our driveway marker poll, share on social media an get 4 ft snow stakes for $.95 for the rest of March, any quantity.
Did you remember to go and pick up your snow stakes from all of your properties? If not, go now. Every day that goes by in March, you have less of a chance that you will get back your precious driveway markers. Obviously it depends on where you are located and what the weather is like, but for the most part, the snow is melted.
Once your properties are clear of snow, it is very important to go and retrieve the stakes from the sites. As the days pass, there is more of a chance for theft or clearing of the markers. That means you will potentially lose out on your stakes and have to re order come next year.
Contractors spend anywhere from $500 to $5000 on their snow stakes. Since our snow stakes are such high quality and you can reuse them year after year, you should protect your investment, get out there and get your stakes back!
In my opinion, the most important thing when staking properties is the ability to see the markers at night. In this video, the snow has already melted. You get to see the entire snow stake.
A couple of things to note. First, these are 4 foot driveway markers. They look to be properly installed which means they are about 10″ into the ground. Are 4 footers too small for snow removal contractors? 5 foot fiberglass markers may make more sense in this application in particular.
Second, many snow removal companies order snow stakes with no reflective tape. Imagine what the visibility would be on this road with non reflective snow stakes? There are lower traffic areas where it is less critical to have this kind of reflective properties, but overall, it is well worth the extra investment to get the PRO Line snow stakes.
Thank you to our customers who send these videos. It helps snow removal companies looking for a great product to see the end result.