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HOW TO FIND YOUR PRESSURE WASHER MODEL NUMBER
May 18, 2022

Your pressure washer model number is your key to finding the correct replacement parts and accessories. Learn how to locate yours here!

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May 10, 2022
WHY YOU SHOULD WASH YOUR MOWER DECK (AND HOW TO DO IT)

Washing your mower deck has less to do with staying tidy and more with maintaining the health of your equipment and lawn. Take a look at this Rugged U blog and learn how a clean deck can prevent multiple headaches.

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Home, Lawn and Outdoor Power Equipment Tips and Tricks
March 18, 2022
EARLY SPRING LAWNCARE: SEVEN STEPS TO GREEN GRASS

If you're excited about lawncare season but don't know where to begin, your friendly experts at The ROP Shop have you covered. Keep reading to get a head start on thick, lush grass this spring!

To start, let's be clear, in the world of leaf blowers you get what you pay for. You don’t want to buy the cheapest leaf blower on the market. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wise homeowner or someone in charge of purchasing professional landscaping equipment, you should choose a high-quality leaf blower. That means you’ll be looking at a lot of data. RPM, Volts, Watts, BTU, AMP, MPH, CFM, CC, HP, GPM, PSI are some of the units of measure we regularly use when determining the ability of power equipment to perform a specific job. When used together, they can sometimes be confusing. We also often assume the higher numbers, are an indication of a better product, but this false assumption could lead to a rude awakening, especially when it comes to leaf blowers. Let's take a look at a leaf blower's units of measure, CFM and MPH, and how it affects performance and what you want to accomplish. To start, let's be clear, in the world of leaf blowers you get what you pay for. You don’t want to buy the cheapest leaf blower on the market. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wise homeowner or someone in charge of purchasing professional landscaping equipment, you should choose a high-quality leaf blower. That means you’ll be looking at a lot of data. RPM, Volts, Watts, BTU, AMP, MPH, CFM, CC, HP, GPM, PSI are some of the units of measure we regularly use when determining the ability of power equipment to perform a specific job. When used together, they can sometimes be confusing. We also often assume the higher numbers, are an indication of a better product, but this false assumption could lead to a rude awakening, especially when it comes to leaf blowers. Let's take a look at a leaf blower's units of measure, CFM and MPH, and how it affects performance and what you want to accomplish.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Home, Lawn and Outdoor Power Equipment Tips and Tricks
March 7, 2022
LEAF BLOWER TIPS: CFM VS. MPH

To start, let's be clear, in the world of leaf blowers you get what you pay for. You don’t want to buy the cheapest leaf blower on the market. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wise homeowner or someone in charge of purchasing professional landscaping equipment, you should choose a high-quality leaf blower. That means you’ll be looking at a lot of data. RPM, Volts, Watts, BTU, AMP, MPH, CFM, CC, HP, GPM, PSI are some of the units of measure we regularly use when determining the ability of power equipment to perform a specific job. When used together, they can sometimes be confusing. We also often assume the higher numbers, are an indication of a better product, but this false assumption could lead to a rude awakening, especially when it comes to leaf blowers. Let's take a look at a leaf blower's units of measure, CFM and MPH, and how it affects performance and what you want to accomplish.

Whether you’re just getting into snowplowing or you’re a veteran snow removal expert, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself, “Should I be using skids for this job? When am I supposed to use them, anyway?” Maybe you had to replace your cutting edge a few times last season while your plow shoes sat in your garage, collecting dust. If that’s you, we’re here to help. From what snowplow skid shoes do to when to use and replace them, Rugged U's experienced team of snow removal professionals has you covered. Whether you’re just getting into snowplowing or you’re a veteran snow removal expert, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself, “Should I be using skids for this job? When am I supposed to use them, anyway?” Maybe you had to replace your cutting edge a few times last season while your plow shoes sat in your garage, collecting dust. If that’s you, we’re here to help. From what snowplow skid shoes do to when to use and replace them, Rugged U's experienced team of snow removal professionals has you covered.
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January 14, 2022
SNOWPLOW SKID SHOES - WHAT THEY ARE AND WHEN TO USE THEM

Whether you’re just getting into snowplowing or you’re a veteran snow removal expert, at some point you’ve probably asked yourself, “Should I be using skids for this job? When am I supposed to use them, anyway?” Maybe you had to replace your cutting edge a few times last season while your plow shoes sat in your garage, collecting dust. If that’s you, we’re here to help. From what snowplow skid shoes do to when to use and replace them, Rugged U's experienced team of snow removal professionals has you covered.

Picking out the right spreader might be a complex process, but it isn’t rocket science. We’re here to help. In this article, we’ve collected all the factors you need to pick out the spreader model which will help your business be both effective and lucrative in the short and long term.... Picking out the right spreader might be a complex process, but it isn’t rocket science. We’re here to help. In this article, we’ve collected all the factors you need to pick out the spreader model which will help your business be both effective and lucrative in the short and long term....
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Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
December 6, 2021
HOW TO SELECT THE BEST SPREADER FOR YOUR ICE CONTROL NEEDS FROM THE RUGGED U PROFESSIONALS

Picking out the right spreader might be a complex process, but it isn’t rocket science. We’re here to help. In this article, we’ve collected all the factors you need to pick out the spreader model which will help your business be both effective and lucrative in the short and long term....

Do you ever finish deicing and shake your head at the amount of salt you went through? Maybe you’re checking the books for your snow removal business and trying to cut down on expenses. When minimizing costs, the best place to start is by reducing the amount of material, product, or time consumed. For snow removal, one of the biggest controllable items on that list is salt. Some snowplow crews will throw heavy just to ensure they cover the area, which is likely to result in wasted product. But the less salt you’re dumping, the more you’ll see back on your bottom line. The key here is finding the balance between using too much salt and not enough, shorting your client, and losing business. If you’re wanting to streamline your salt delivery system and ensure you’re managing your spreading to make the most money back, this blog is for you. Just remember that with a topic that includes words like “snow”, “cold” and “salt”, there will be a high number of variables to consider. Do you ever finish deicing and shake your head at the amount of salt you went through? Maybe you’re checking the books for your snow removal business and trying to cut down on expenses. When minimizing costs, the best place to start is by reducing the amount of material, product, or time consumed. For snow removal, one of the biggest controllable items on that list is salt. Some snowplow crews will throw heavy just to ensure they cover the area, which is likely to result in wasted product. But the less salt you’re dumping, the more you’ll see back on your bottom line. The key here is finding the balance between using too much salt and not enough, shorting your client, and losing business. If you’re wanting to streamline your salt delivery system and ensure you’re managing your spreading to make the most money back, this blog is for you. Just remember that with a topic that includes words like “snow”, “cold” and “salt”, there will be a high number of variables to consider.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
November 15, 2021
PROFESSIONAL SALT APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR PARKING LOT WINTER MAINTENANCE

Do you ever finish deicing and shake your head at the amount of salt you went through? Maybe you’re checking the books for your snow removal business and trying to cut down on expenses. When minimizing costs, the best place to start is by reducing the amount of material, product, or time consumed. For snow removal, one of the biggest controllable items on that list is salt. Some snowplow crews will throw heavy just to ensure they cover the area, which is likely to result in wasted product. But the less salt you’re dumping, the more you’ll see back on your bottom line. The key here is finding the balance between using too much salt and not enough, shorting your client, and losing business. If you’re wanting to streamline your salt delivery system and ensure you’re managing your spreading to make the most money back, this blog is for you. Just remember that with a topic that includes words like “snow”, “cold” and “salt”, there will be a high number of variables to consider.

Whether you run a fleet or a single plow, at some point, you may have wondered if you’re charging enough for your snow removal services. This is an important question that may determine your business’s financial success. In this guide, we’ll teach you a simple and dependable approach for bidding on snow plowing projects which will help you offer competitive pricing while also making a profit. Our article isn’t comprehensive, but it should help you pinpoint keys to ensuring your business’s success. Whether you run a fleet or a single plow, at some point, you may have wondered if you’re charging enough for your snow removal services. This is an important question that may determine your business’s financial success. In this guide, we’ll teach you a simple and dependable approach for bidding on snow plowing projects which will help you offer competitive pricing while also making a profit. Our article isn’t comprehensive, but it should help you pinpoint keys to ensuring your business’s success.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
November 4, 2021
HOW-TO BID SNOW REMOVAL CUSTOMER QUOTES AND PRICING FOR CLIENTS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR SHIRT

Whether you run a fleet or a single plow, at some point, you may have wondered if you’re charging enough for your snow removal services. This is an important question that may determine your business’s financial success. In this guide, we’ll teach you a simple and dependable approach for bidding on snow plowing projects which will help you offer competitive pricing while also making a profit. Our article isn’t comprehensive, but it should help you pinpoint keys to ensuring your business’s success...

Are you new to plowing and don’t know where to start? If so, we get it! Determining the optimal pattern for your route(s) takes time. Even though experience is the best teacher, some tips and tricks from our seasoned professionals can’t hurt. Whether you’re a one-person team or have a small fleet, this article will help you get up to speed on plowing efficiently. Are you new to plowing and don’t know where to start? If so, we get it! Determining the optimal pattern for your route(s) takes time. Even though experience is the best teacher, some tips and tricks from our seasoned professionals can’t hurt. Whether you’re a one-person team or have a small fleet, this article will help you get up to speed on plowing efficiently.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
November 3, 2021
SNOWPLOWING AND SNOW REMOVAL BASIC TIPS AND TRICKS FOR CONTRACTORS LOOKING TO BREAK INTO THE BUSINESS

Are you new to plowing and don’t know where to start? If so, we get it! Determining the optimal pattern for your route(s) takes time. Even though experience is the best teacher, some tips and tricks from our seasoned professionals can’t hurt. Whether you’re a one-person team or have a small fleet, this article will help you get up to speed on plowing efficiently.

Snowplow moving snow near driveway marker snow stakes. Snowplow moving snow near driveway marker snow stakes.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Snow Removal Tips and Tricks
September 10, 2021
10 PRO TIPS: USING SNOW STAKES/DRIVEWAY MARKERS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL SNOWPLOWING

We’ve learned a thing or two during our 34+ years of plowing snow, we know that efficiency and precision are essential to staying profitable. When plowing, you don’t just want to be quick at clearing the lot so you can move on to the next. Check out a few of our tips from The ROP Shop's Rugged U...

The ROP Shop now carries a tool that makes installing driveway markers a snap. Even though it’s ideal to have your markers in place by early October, our new tool can help you to place your snow stakes even later in the season if you happen to get behind (or if you procrastinated too long). It’s also great for when you need to replace a broken stake halfway through the season. The ROP Shop now carries a tool that makes installing driveway markers a snap. Even though it’s ideal to have your markers in place by early October, our new tool can help you to place your snow stakes even later in the season if you happen to get behind (or if you procrastinated too long). It’s also great for when you need to replace a broken stake halfway through the season.
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How-To Installation Product & Troubleshooting Problems Power Sport, ATV, UTV, Snowmobiles, Dirt Bikes, and Off-Roading Snow Removal Tips and Tricks Home, Lawn and Outdoor Power Equipment Tips and Tricks
September 7, 2021
HOW TO USE THE ROP SHOP'S DRIVEWAY SNOW STAKE TOOL

The ROP Shop now carries a tool that makes installing driveway markers a snap. Even though it’s ideal to have your markers in place by early October, our new tool can help you to place your snow stakes even later in the season if you happen to get behind (or if you procrastinated too long). It’s also great for when you need to replace a broken stake halfway through the season. Here is a quick install guide from The ROP Shop's Rugged U on using the install tool...

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