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RDO Equipment Co. News - February, 2017

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Chris Wear, Chris Wear Enterprises, Inc. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

Chris Wear, Chris Wear Enterprises, Inc. on the Agriculture Technology Podcast

On the most recent episode of the podcast, host Tony Kramer and producer Nate Dorsey celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the podcast’s launch. This episode celebrates another exciting milestone as Tony invited an RDO Equipment Co. customer on the podcast – the first time a customer has ever been a guest.

While Chris Wear, owner of Chris Wear Enterprises, Inc. grew up on a farm, a major piece of his business today revolves something quite different than the green fields and dry soil he spent most of his time around: Snow.

Here are a few of the highlights from the conversation. Listen to the full episode here.

TK
To get started, I’d like to hear more about you and your background, and how you got involved in this industry.

CW
I grew up on family farm outside Glyndon, MN. I farmed until 2003, then I started mowing on the side. I got more into that and in 2005, incorporated my business. We now provide full-service commercial landscape and lawn care services, and snow removal in the wintertime.

TK
You mentioned a number of services you provide, one being winter snow removal. Here in Fargo we get quite a bit of snow but for other listeners, will you share more about the business of snow removal?

CW
We provide commercial snow removal. With the clients we have, it starts at about half to 3/4-inch, at which point we’re out there providing sidewalk snow removal services and deicing services. If we get around an inch of snow, we’re out doing parking lot snow removal and providing deicing services after.

TK
You have a large fleet of equipment, an impressive fleet of John Deere equipment, everything from small lawn tractors to large loaders. Will you talk a little about your fleet?

CW
On the sidewalk side, we run a couple different types of John Deere equipment. We run the X Series with cabs, brooms, and snow blowers. Also the 3000 series with the same things – cabs, brooms, and snow blowers. Then we’ll go to skid steers after that, with angle plows or buckets on those. On the larger side, we run loaders from 244s up to 624s with snow pushers on those.

TK
I have to ask – why John Deere equipment?

CW
I grew up on the farm and always had John Deere equipment. We always had really good luck with the equipment, mechanically-wise; you don’t have a lot of breakdowns or downtime. Then when it comes to trade, the resale. There’s nothing better than John Deere, as far as resale goes.


TK
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but you work with the RDO Equipment Co. store in Moorhead. And you’ve been working with them since that store was in Fargo?

CW
Yes, back when it was the University Drive, Fargo store. My CP salesman, Scott Iverson, I’ve been working with him since he started; I think that was back in 1998.

TK
Before recording, we were talking about your fleet and the number of machines you have. When it comes time for snow removal, you have 55 or 65 pieces out there on sidewalks, parking lots, removing snow, correct? That’s got to be quite a feat to track them down and keep tabs on everything?


Chris answered Tony’s question, and revealed what is actually one of his biggest challenges operating a snow removal business. He also went into greater detail with Tony about his sizeable equipment fleet and shared a success story about providing quality – and necessary – service during an ice storm (which just happened to be one of the worst he has ever seen AND took place on Christmas Day). That’s a story you’ll want to hear so be sure to listen to the entire episode.

Catch up on all episodes of the RDO Equipment Co. Agriculture Technology podcast, and be sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Host Tony Kramer is a product specialist at RDO Equipment Co. To contact Tony with questions or about being a guest on the podcast, find him on Twitter at @RDOTonyK.

February 1, 2017  |  Category: Podcasts