Valley View, OH 44125, USA
Hand-dig or cut through the earth with a trencher? There’s really no question when you consider labor cost, production time and morale of a crew.
“Trenching an electrical or gas line with an attachment can literally save us 30 hours of labor in a single day,” says Willie Dorniden, production manager at Southview Design in St. Paul, Minnesota.
What if a client’s project requires 20 trees to be installed on site? Dorniden says he can cut an entire laborer out of the job cost by using a U-blade to dig deep holes, which takes only five to 10 minutes with this attachment versus 30 minutes by hand.
“Attachments not only save labor; they keep our guys sharp,” Dorniden says, relating that the hard labor of digging, hauling, pushing soil and moving materials will completely sap a crew’s energy and spirit if the right tools aren’t available. “We would wear a guy down by 1 to 2 p.m. Machines help keep everyone fresh.”
Given that the company’s crews are in the field five days a week, and monthly on Saturdays when necessary, the oomph that compact equipment attachments provide is a pure necessity. “When we’ve had employees who have come in from the field after not having ready access to a skid-steer loader, it confirms the amount of speed and pace we can gain by having the machinery and attachments available,” Dorniden says.
Josh Bahler, operations manager at Bahler Brothers in South Windsor, Connecticut, agrees that satisfied employees – especially given today’s rough labor market – are vital to his organization. And beyond pay and benefits, providing resources to complete jobs successfully helps retain good people.
“Just having the right equipment and tools on the job and making sure they know how to use them is key to happy employees,” Bahler says. “And, it’s key to making money and being profitable on projects.”