Snow removal business staying busy

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It does not take a well-trained ear to recognize the sound of snow thrower at work. For the second time in just four days a two stroke gasoline engine is doing the work it was designed for, throwing snow.

Snow throwers have been easy to find even with the snow we have had, retailers still have them in stock. Buyers have been hesitant to make the investment for a piece of equipment that may or may not be used every winter.

The same goes for those that make a living moving and throwing snow, "winter is divided into two seasons. The pre-season and in-season the pre-season was not there," says Brandon Eby. His family has been selling snow plows as long as he can remember. Indiana winters usually provide their customers with enough snow to keep busy and then some.

But the past few winters have been plagued with doubt "they were apprehensive up until about two weeks ago and then when a reliable forecast come and then even more so when an event came they were sold, I would say the selling season for whole goods is another three to four weeks," says Eby.

By whole goods Eby means plows and to the casual passer-by of their shop on Allisonville road the lot is typically a cornucopia of plows, trucks and salt spreaders. The first true snows of the season have reduced the selection to just a handful of plows. Even with the memory of last winter "it is hard to be hesitant with 8 inches of snow on the ground if you are hesitant you might as well not be in the business," says Eby.

If there is any good news about the snow, it has helped us get out of the drought.