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Video: Snow removal & snow blower repair supply impacted by pandemic

Dec 30, 2020 06:47AM ● By Editor

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Early Northland snow in October is causing local snow blower repairers to run low on their inventories as the pandemic is also causing order to get made much slower. Photo: WDIO-TV

From WDIO-TV - December 29, 2020

Winter this year in the northland has been a bit unexpected. With early snow in October, to a practically none until before Christmas, it's also proving difficult for snow clearing supplies.

After the big Thanksgiving snow storm from 2019, Denny’s Lawn and Garden planned to stock up on shovels and repair equipment anticipating more strong storms.

What they didn't expect was how early the snow would come and how the pandemic would impact them.

"Usually we really get something in November and this year we got it in October,” said Scott Cyr, owner of Denny’s Lawn and Garden. “Some of the issues we've had is we ran out of snow throwers. We ordered extra this year because last year was strong so we ordered extra this year and it usually holds us to December and this year only held us until October. And trying to reorder is a tricky thing with the COVID. Everything's coming in a lot slower and the factories are low on inventory."

Early in the winter Cyr says that carburetor repairs were the biggest issues. Now with heavy snow there have been several repairs on snow blower belts and shear pins.

He advises to not use a snow blower on any slush compacted by snowplows as it can be too thick and damage your equipment. Instead Cyr says to break it up with a shovel, which also helps you see if there is any debris in the plowed snow piles.   

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