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Archive for December, 2013

Happy Holidays from SMITH Manufacturing!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Happy Holidays from SMITH Manufacturing!

Happy Holiday Headlines:

Remove Faster by managing these 12 job variables and experience fewer job delays. Download this list with daily removal job log.

Leadership Tips from Ron Burgundy! The non-PC news anchor played by Will Ferrell is back and providing a role model for modern-day management. Rich Moran lists Ron’s tips for leading an organization into the 17th Century. Read, laugh, and change if you exhibit any of the painful traits that Rich outlines here.

Visit SMITH at National Pavement Expo in Ft. Lauderdale on January 8 to pick up the fastest removal equipment, cutter tools to achieve CSP 1 – 10 finishes and expert tips to prep, erase or groove faster on concrete or asphalt, using your equipment or a new SMITH. For free tickets and show details, click here.

SmithU Surface Preparation Workshop 2013 helped students find the “cutter impact zone” and achieve the correct surface profile to increase bond strength as revealed in the Experts Guide Handbook. To become a member, or join a workshop, click here.

Hidden power of smiling, in this 7 minute TED Talk, Ron Gutman shares research supporting the power of smiling – a perfect piece with which to end 2013. Click here to smile.

The holiday season gives us time to pause and reflect on how fortunate we are to be in a position of giving. We are humbled to serve our customers, and thankful for the many families and communities we support. That’s why our tradition of giving 2% of all December sales on behalf of our customers will go to these charities in keeping with the spirit of the season.


From our family to yours, have a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year.


Effective Management… Ron Burgundy Style

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

He’s back.

Ron Burgundy, the crack network news anchor hits the big screen again this holiday season. No doubt, he is the prototype for how to succeed as a newscaster in this complicated media world in which we live, but that’s only half of the story.

Without planning it – or even knowing it – Ron has become a management guru, worthy of recognition. His behavior reminds us of what works and doesn’t in today’s organizations. Here are some of his teachings that those who are looking to be better managers might want to consider:


  • Listen to others and dismiss any input. If others were as smart as you, one of them would have your job.
  • Know that no matter what is happening, it’s always all about you. Without you, the organization would be that much less.
  • Form a little clique with the “guys.” Make sure others are excluded. A good posse is a manager’s best friend.
  • Build a personal brand and make it unique. If the brand includes styles that are thirty years out of date, that’s everyone else’s problem. The style may just come back.
  • Petulance matters as much as confidence. If you don’t get your way or things are not going like you would like, tantrums may be the answer.
  • Assume that you will never get fired, that you are irreplaceable. And if you do, they will want you back.
  • Be bold in all you do, even if you are not sure what you are doing. As the boss, it’s important to constantly make big dramatic decisions.
  • Don’t worry about keeping up with technology; it will bend to suit you.
  • Say and do anything you want while “off the air”. No one will ever know or find out.

We all owe Ron a debt of gratitude for these insights way beyond his contribution to broadcast journalism. For all of you who can look at the list above and say, “Right On, Ron!” you might want to avoid sharing those views with your own manager.

Merry Christmas!

Daily Job Log Part of Strategy for Success

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

To keep your removal operations performing at faster speeds with consistent finishes, longer cutter service life and fewer job delays, use this Daily Job Log (click here) to help manage these 12 removal job variables:



1. Proactively manage all dynamic job variables so the cutters are within the “cutter impact zone” (the narrow cutting edge area at right angles to the surface where the cutters perform best).

2. Assure that the equipment and cutter drum are correct for the desired removal finish for the job.

3.  Always have extra cutter drum assemblies and wear parts designed for the operation on the job, and replace prior to wear.

4. Assure cutter drums are in balance, correctly spaced and aligned to prevent uneven wear parts wear and binding.

5. Make certain cutter drum-lowering mechanisms are operational to prevent hard-drop cutter drum(s) starts.

6. Reactive cutter surface depth and pitch angle control mechanisms are properly set and operational for ever-changing working surface grades to assure the cutters perform in the “Cutter Impact Zone;” cutting through raised expansion joints, joint compound materials or risers on mixed surface types effect performance.

7. The removal equipment travel and cutter drum rotational speeds are not excessive for the cutter, equipment or surface. Multiple removal passes are required, especially when working on uneven surfaces.

8. Preparing the equipment for changes in cutter styles, the up-cut or down-cut cutter drum rotation by decreasing or increasing the cutting force that effect cutter wear and performance.

9. Reducing lateral shear forces loads outside the cutter impact zone that cause cutters to wear and break prematurely.

10. Reducing the causes for vibrations that affect cutter performance by replacing worn drive and cutter components that affect the “Cutter Impact Zone.”

11. Assuring all removed materials are evacuated from inside the cutter housing to prevent buildup and the cutters being able to contact a clean surface.

12. Allow the cutting tools to not transfer heat to the surface by preventing heat buildup from continuous removal operations.

Download Daily Job Log

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