Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Bay, Ontario
There are different ways to measure the "best" depending upon your "business" mind.
Some people like to minimize the hassles with breakdown, maintenance and normal wear and tear parts as a key part of their business model. For them, and I'll call them "Cost Minded", they measure the worth of a plow and their profitability by how many dollars it takes to keep it going. A grenaded $400 Smartlock cylinder or pump rebuild can send them around the bend for the afternoon.
Others, and I call them "Revenue Minded", look at the revenue side of their business, and they tie revenue directly with profit. They are prepared to accept some maintenance and downtime because they push the plow unit to produce revenue - the production more than justifies the expense in repairs, and those expenses are expected. The replacement of the same Smartlock or pump rebuild is seen as an "Oh well, I got pretty good service from those parts...."
28 years ago, I was solidly in the first camp because I had no money, started with a well-worn used plow and no customers. It wasn't long before I moved over the the Revenue camp. Experience over the years has helped me to be Cost Minded in the purchases (buy the right rig for the conditions), but the overall goal is revenue through production. You can't count or spend what you don't make.
I suppose that the Best would be the full combing of the above, but I don't think it exists.
John - Get out with your kids: Kids who Hunt, Trap and Fish don't mug little old ladies.