Business owners invest a lot of money in their equipment. Whether you’re a landscaping professional on a zero-turn mower, a contractor running a dump trailer 7 days a week, or a construction professional depending on a skid steer 12 hours a day, there’s a lot riding on your machines. When we ask our business partners in the field what the single most detrimental factor to their bottom line is, 99% of them say the same thing: Downtime.
Sometimes downtime is unavoidable. None of us can control the weather. Heck, even the folks we rely on to predict it only seem to get it right about half the time (and that’s being generous). Try as we might to work around mother nature, getting rained out from time to time simply comes with the territory, and learning to work around it is par for the course if you want to succeed.
Not all downtime is outside of our control though, and that’s where today’s theme comes into play: Spending money on equipment maintenance = Saving money on downtime. Let’s take a look at a few examples for context.
How Maintenance Prevents Equipment Downtime And Saves Money
There’s an old adage out there anyone who has managed an operation will be familiar with: Control what you can control.
Put simply, it means focusing on improving the things you can, and not wasting time on those you can’t. When it comes to minimizing downtime, one of the best ways to control your costs is vehicle maintenance.
If you’re running a landscaping operation, that typically means regular fluid changes and tuneups for your gasoline-powered equipment. The same goes for hydraulic systems in most construction and dump trailer operations. Regular equipment maintenance reduces breakdowns (and therefore downtime) and it also helps maintain the value of your equipment and increase its lifespan. Maintenance like this is well within our control, and by staying on top of it, we’re effectively putting money into our pockets.
Tires Impact Equipment Downtime Too
When most of us think about tire maintenance, we think of two things: Keeping our tires properly inflated when they’re in good shape, and replacing them on time as they wear down. Both are great practices, and both add value to your business.
Running under-inflated tires causes accelerated and uneven tread wear, which dramatically reduces the lifespan of any tire. To make matters worse, once a section of your tire’s tread drops too low, your risk for flats and blowouts increases exponentially. In that regard, we like to think of proper inflation as “long-term savings”, and timely replacement as “risk management.” Both are factors well within our control, but what about tire punctures?
We tend to think of tire punctures as random occurrences: Things that happen to us that we have no way of preventing. We can’t see every nail in the road, every thorn in the grass, or every piece of sharp debris on the job site. Snag your tires on any of the above, however, and you’ll be looking at downtime for your equipment in short order. It doesn’t have to be that way though.
One of our favorite examples of this came from a current customer who runs a construction business and was spending way too much money maintaining his skid steers. The equipment was properly maintained and ran well, yet he still found himself spending unreasonable amounts of money every year on service calls. His issue? Flat tires.
The tires themselves were repairable, thankfully, but the work was painfully expensive. Add to that the cost of equipment sitting on the yard, and you’ll start to see the issue. His solution? Stan’s Sealant.
Sounds too good to be true, but hey, our sealant works. Adding our high-tech tire sealant to each of his skid steer tires dramatically reduced his maintenance expenses and cut hours of downtime out of the picture. He also shared with us that even if Stan’s Sealant had only saved him from one service call for the life of his tires, it would have more than paid for itself.
…And that’s the whole point here. Stan’s Sealant is a simple and cost-effective solution that allows you to better control your equipment downtime. Working Stan’s into your regular equipment maintenance saves you money in the short term, and because a single application of Stan’s Sealant lasts for up to two years, it just keeps putting money in your pocket for the life of the tire.
Don’t Wait For Flats To Happen To You.
Stan’s Sealant is great for fixing all kinds of flats once they happen.
What’s even better, Stan’s can prevent flats from ever happening in the first place.
Stan’s Sealant is formulated for whatever lies ahead, and that means you don’t have to wait for flats to happen to put it to work. Pick up a bottle or two today in convenient 16 ounce and 32 ounce sizes to protect your tires and make sure a flat never comes between you and a job well done again.