TR Footnotes January 2014 : Page 13

T & R footnotes x January 2014 x 13 parts & gear your current service providers may have become complacent, and the very act of re-quiring them to compete will likely result in lowering of costs in some of these areas. Talk to colleagues and others who can of-fer advice. your banker, CPA, and lawyer, of course, can provide good business-manage-ment advice, but, perhaps even more impor-tant, there’s a big advantage to staying in close touch with industry contacts at trade shows and association meetings. they often have ideas that have worked for them and may work for you as well. V Bump, Snip & Go Towers use these to cut off plastic bumpers By JOHn GunnEll “t stay or Go? Take a close look at your employees. one of the benefits of the current high unemploy-ment rate is that there is a huge pool of hungry prospective employees in the marketplace. this could provide an opportunity for you to upgrade your employee base without any increase in cost. Better employees will mean better service to your customers, and this should translate to increased sales and profits. Start with an objective assessment of each employee in your towing business. as a small-business owner, this can be hard to do, par-ticularly with those employees who have been working with you for a while. But you really need to make an honest assessment of everyone. if you have employees who are constantly late, provide poor customer service, or otherwise demonstrate questionable competence, don’t delay in seeking an upgrade. How do you find prospective employees? try thinking outside the box. For one example, when you run across someone in another busi-ness who provides particularly good customer service, inquire about their potential interest in working for you. the point is that everywhere you go — even, say, just shopping or in a res-taurant — you might run into potential employ-ees. You won’t know unless you ask. also please see our own Get to Work section (page 27), offered by Footnotes especially for towing and repo company owners seeking to hire, as well as for individuals looking for employment in our industries. he tow truck operators call them ‘bumper scissors,’” larry gale explained. “they’ll be hooking up a car that got rear-ended and you’ll hear them say ‘reach in my toolbox on the truck and get me the bumper scissors.’” the official name of the tool gale was promoting at a recent trade show is the Andy snip mV12, a vinyl-cutting lightweight scissor for cutting vinyl flooring, heavy vinyl siding, and other flexible non-ferrous materials. “it was de-signed primarily for cutting plas-tics,” he said. According to gale, malco Prod-ucts, the manufacturer, developed the tool for contractors to cut things like vinyl house gutters and to use in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (hVAC) instal-lation. When the company pub-lished a catalog geared to selling automotive tools, it included the snips. that’s when towers started ordering them. “some truck guy figured he could use it for rear-end hits where the bumper was dragging on the ground,” said gale. “he realized the bumper was just going to be thrown out and this tool could cut it off. the word got around and a bunch of Andy snips wound up in tow trucks.” the word got around quickly, gale said. “At one show, i remember a guy saying ‘hey, this will do plastic bumpers — i need this tool’ and he bought one…We heard about [towers’] use of the tools from distributors we set up in different areas.” the Andy snips have lightweight alumi-num handles and can make a combination of straight and circular cuts. By moving the fulcrum upwards from what you’d find with Malco’s MV12 Andy Snips regular scissors, the tool designers increased cutting power. While the tool was designed to cut vinyl, said gale, the bottom line was that it also worked well for towers. “they put the car on the hook, snip the bumper off, toss it in back of the truck, and drive away.” V larry Gale can be reached at 630-248-3029 or emailed at galeatpbc@aol.com. the snips can also be ordered on Google: search “malco andy Snips.”

Bump, Snip & Go

John Gunnell


Towers use these to cut off plastic bumpers

“The tow truck operators call them ‘bumper scissors,’” larry gale explained. “they’ll be hooking up a car that got rearended and you’ll hear them say ‘reach in my toolbox on the truck and get me the bumper scissors.’”

The official name of the tool gale was promoting at a recent trade show is the Andy snip mV12, a vinyl-cutting lightweight scissor for cutting vinyl flooring, heavy vinyl siding, and other flexible non-ferrous materials. “it was designed primarily for cutting plastics,” he said.

According to gale, malco Products, the manufacturer, developed the tool for contractors to cut things like vinyl house gutters and to use in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (hVAC) installation. When the company published a catalog geared to selling automotive tools, it included the snips. that’s when towers started ordering them.

“some truck guy figured he could use it for rear-end hits where the bumper was dragging on the ground,” said gale. “he realized the bumper was just going to be thrown out and this tool could cut it off. the word got around and a bunch of Andy snips wound up in tow trucks.”

The word got around quickly, gale said. “At one show, i remember a guy saying ‘hey, this will do plastic bumpers — i need this tool’ and he bought one…We heard about [towers’] use of the tools from distributors we set up in different areas.”

The Andy snips have lightweight aluminum handles and can make a combination of straight and circular cuts. By moving the fulcrum upwards from what you’d find with regular scissors, the tool designers increased cutting power. While the tool was designed to cut vinyl, said gale, the bottom line was that it also worked well for towers. “they put the car on the hook, snip the bumper off, toss it in back of the truck, and drive away.”

Larry Gale can be reached at 630-248-3029 or emailed at galeatpbc@aol.com. the snips can also be ordered on Google: search “malco andy Snips.”

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