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Posted by: Erika Green on December 14, 2016
For many people, especially those who live in northern climates, late spring and early summer is “crunch time” to get outdoor projects done. And so they may only think of renting heavy equipment for spring and summer projects. But what you may not realize is that most of our equipment is built for many different uses, all year round.
Here are a few examples of how you can put this equipment to use no matter what time of year it is.
Summer: Re-design the yard & driveway
Skid steers are the all-purpose power equipment of the summer, and there are few projects they can’t handle. Using the basic bucket attachment, the Terex skid steer makes quick work of leveling off a patch of land for a garden, installing a gravel driveway, or re-landscaping the whole front yard.
Winter: Remove snow
For most people, a shovel or snow blower is all they need to manage the snowfall for most of the year. But there are often a few occasions for which it might be helpful to rent equipment. For example, renting a Terex skid steer for an hour could save your back from hours of shoveling the driveway after a particularly heavy snowfall. A skid steer is also a great tool to get rid of those huge piles of snow that are left behind by the snow plow.
Spring: Dig French drains
Heavy rains in the spring and early summer can cause major flooding and mold issues for many homeowners. One of the best ways to keep water away from your home is to install French drains that divert water away from the home. Digging the trenches can be an arduous and back-breaking task, but may be made significantly easier through the use of a Boxer Trencher, which can dig trenches as deep as 3 feet.
Fall: Install an invisible fence
Before the ground totally freezes over, take an afternoon to install an invisible dog fence so Rover can do what he needs to do and you can stay warm inside. A Boxer trencher can dig the trench, making it easy to quickly lay the wire. Once installed, you’ll no longer have to make late night trips through a snow-covered yard.
Summer: Prune trees
One of the most dangerous projects of the summer can be cutting branches from large trees. Most people who try to maintain their own trees at home either have to balance precariously on a ladder to cut branches, or try to use a pruning stick from the ground, which can be dangerous as branches can fall on the cutter. A Genie boom lift can make it significantly safer and easier for homeowners to trim tree branches.
Winter: Access the roof
Climbing around on your roof is never recommended, especially in the winter. This year, don’t even worry about trying to get up there. Keep your rickety ladder in the garage and get a boom lift to help you hang your holiday lights or clean your gutters.
From summer to winter and everything in between, heavy equipment can help you take care of your home safely and efficiently. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box and remind yourself of the variety of ways this equipment can be used.
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