Supply chain issues could impact snow blowers as Omaha prepares for snow

Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 4:21 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The city is preparing for the season’s first snowfall, the forecast of measurable snow is a warning for us to get ready for the season.

Rusty says it’s going to snow, that’ the queue for many snow blower owners to get their machines fixed. Dan Flaharty has to get his snow blower prepared and ready for the winter.

“It’s very important, I’m going on 74 years old. You know that shovel ain’t going to work for me anymore. I can’t even start this one, can’t even pull start it so there’s something wrong with it,” said Flaharty.

At Ted’s Mower in South Omaha, snow blowers are lined up for repair. Right now, the mechanics are busy, having the parts to fix the snow blowers but supply chain issues could slow later orders for parts.

“Yes, yes it does. There’s a lot of backorders on parts too but we’re keeping up pretty good,” said Ted Vice.

Ted Vice has been in business for more than 50 years. Ted put his order in early so he’s got plenty of new snow blowers for sale, but you might have to buy what you can get.

“We have a really good supply of snow blowers right now in single-stage, two-stage has been back-ordered. We don’t have a lot in two-stage, in single-stage we have a very good supply.”

But the supply chain issue could play a role in the selection when it’s time to reorder.

“It just will depend on weather, when we get down and have to reorder whether we’re going to be able to get anything or not. That’s what it’s going to depend on.”

At Westlake Ace Hardware on 84th & Center, they’re loaded and ready for snow. Supply wise, they’re in pretty good shape, now how long the supply lasts will depend on how much snow falls this season.

“If we get a bunch of snow blower sales there will be concerns with the reorder sales, just because the order process, just because there are supply chain issues, we’ll just do with the best with what we got right now,” said Sean Grant, General Manager Westlake Ace Hardware.

Many customers didn’t wait until the last minute, they were getting ready for the snow when the temperature was warm.

“We did have a lot of people buying snow blowers early before we even had a threat of snow and it’s just people trying to get prepared, be in front of things.”

The weather forecast for the season might also play a role in how many snow blowers are sold and repaired. Rusty says the Omaha metro’s first snow of the season won’t last long so it might be a good idea to get your equipment early before the big stuff falls.

6 News checked some area hardware stores right now and they have a good supply of snow blowers, snow shovels, and ice melt. Their issues could also come when it’s time to reorder.

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