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Selecting a new shoeing rig would be easier if they all came in a one-size-fits-all model. Fortunately though, that’s not the case. Several selective criteria that differentiate rigs determine what vehicle makes the most sense for your practice. Recognizing these will better prepare you prior to that next purchase of the most expensive tool in your business. By reading the advice of these rig suppliers, you’ll be more in tune with what to consider.
Sometimes it is decided for you when it is time to get a new rig, such as severe repair costs that exceed the truck value. Or you may be starting out on your own and need your first truck. Other times it may not be as easily obvious or imperative, like outgrowing the storage of your truck. Whatever the case, Brent Chidsey of Stone Well Bodies and Equipment in Genoa, N.Y., says when the time comes, start by seeing what is out there by visiting Web sites, going to local vendors or looking at what other shoers are driving.
“Find out from other shoers what has worked and hasn’t worked for them,” he advises.
“Think about the basics of what you have,” advises Chidsey. “Think about the forge or anvil you already have.”
Jeremey Fox, a farrier and PurdyBilt representative from Madison, Va., finds that looking at what other shoers are doing is a great way to collect new ideas. If you make a list of what you want, the manufacturer can combine…