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When Tribe Time is Snow Removal Time

So how often can you shop for a snow plow and see the Tribe play on the same day? YES! It is a magical October indeed. Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 1.40.19 PM.png


We’ve been Tribe fans for 80 years or so, and along with all of Cleveland we’re focused on baseball, but we’ve still gotta work, right? And so do you. That’s why we’re booking pre-season snow plow service and maintenance for our customers now.

In addition to offering the best in new snow plows, salt spreaders and attachments, we also help our customers keep their equipment in shape. Because in Cleveland the weather (and therefore the demands on your business) is hard to predict.

Schedule your preseason snowplow maintenance and service appointments now 

Call us and let us know when you can stop by to check out and service your snow removal equipment: 440.232.4311

Are you new to the snow removal business, or looking to add a few more plows (or drivers) this year? Here, a few tips we’ve shared in the past:

What you should know about snow removal in Cleveland

Snow plow & vehicle Q & A from Meyer

2016-2017 Winter in Cleveland: Snow or No Go?

We can’t predict Cleveland weather but we do know a number of Midwest states are predicting salt shortages, which makes clearing snow (and ice) more critical.

And, while ADA regulations require public/government organizations (but not private businesses) to clear sidewalks and other pedestrian right-of-ways, with more ‘walkable’ shopping centers and community/residential developments in use all over Northeast Ohio, many property managers see snow removal as a fundamental requirement, a customer service imperative.

Many of our landscaping clients make an extra round of phone calls now, as their grounds maintenance work is winding down, to solidify contracts for the upcoming snow removal season. Now that you’re thinking about how your’ll manage your snow removal business this winter in Cleveland, it’s also time to stop in and pick up those “little” things you need to get ready – gloves, lights, mirrors, Fluid Film… you name it, if it makes your Landscaping/Snow Removal work in Cleveland easier, we’ve probably got it.

JTI2015WordCloudIf you have any questions about getting started in plowing, how to handle walks and salt/snow melt distribution, or need to test and prep your snow removal equipment before the first flakes fall, get in touch. We’re here to help, 6 days a week. 440.232.4311 And…GO TRIBE!!!



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Winning in Cleveland: Teamwork and Steady Effort

THE CLEVELAND INDIANS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES. — Terry Pluto and all of NE Ohio, October 19, 2016


Tribe Keepsake Edition Cleveland Indians World Series Bound

Could we be any happier?

In Cleveland for more than 80 years, you better believe we’re fans of The Land. And like so many other Cleveland sports fans, we feel that while our recent spate of winning is long overdue, it’s not a surprise.

In Terry Francona we have a great leader, and he has built and coached a team of hard-working players and coaches. If there is an answer in why Cleveland is winning now, it can be summed up in the word “team.”

Yes, we’re thrilled! And we hope our customers can say the same – not just about the Tribe, but about how we’ve run our business. We’ve always felt the way to deliver a great performance demands focus, solid leadership, and a strong and steady team effort.

At the moment we are focused on baseball — and certainly will be in the coming World Series!! But we’ve never claimed to be baseball experts. We can say, however, that because our focus has never wavered, our leadership has remained steady, that our team is “all in.” That’s why our customers rely on us to keep their trailers rolling.

If you want to talk Tribe, we’re willing, this week more than ever!! But that’s true of everyone in Cleveland today. If you want to talk about trailers and hitches, you know where to come.


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Trailer Safety Inspection: Value & Peace of Mind

At JTI, we’re serious about safety. And we can prove it:JTI_logo+with Taglinelow

Our basic safety inspection starts at just $65 for a single-axle trailer. (Call us to quote on your double-axle or construction trailer.)

Avoid Accidents and Tickets with a 26-Point Trailer Safety Check

The Safety Circle Checklist includes a 26-point inspection, rating, and alerts about any potential problems with your trailer’s –

  • Coupler
  • Safety chains
  • Brake actuator and/or Electric Brakes
  • Wiring
  • Jack, Trailer Bed Jack and/or Dampener
  • Tongue Members
  • Front Cross Member
  • Front Clearance Lights & Reflectors
  • Tires (inspect the tread depth, age, condition of sidewalls and valve stems)
  • Wheels and Alignment
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Lights and reflectors
  • License (including bracket & plate)
  • Tailgate (where applicable)
  • Trailer Bed Flooring and Safety Latches

The trailer is inspected in 8 different positions. And you want to talk about value?

Keeping you, your crew, your equipment and everything you haul safe on the road is worth it, period. But for argument’s sake, let’s say it prevents you from getting pulled over for a busted tail light or malfunctioning turn signal. Instantly, you’ve saved more than twice the price by avoiding a ticket.

Let’s schedule your trailer Safety Circle check today.

JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsPeople who depend on their trailers depend on JTI. ‘Nuff said. Call us at 440.2323.4311 or contact us online. We know trailers, and work 6 days a week to keep our customers rolling.  www.JTIinc.com


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So You Wanna Buy a Trailer: Getting the Right Trailer for the Job

Whether you’re new to hauling or looking to add a new trailer to your business fleet, the first thing to consider is not, what trailer should I buy? Rather, the question is, what do you need the trailer for?

Open Trailers, Construction Trailers, Utility Trailers

While open trailers can be lighter weight than enclosed trailers of the same size (and therefore less expensive) they also offer little protection for your cargo – from the elements and from theft.

Another consideration when shopping for an open trailer: they’re not all flat! Car haulers, deckover trailers and flatbeds come in different configurations, frame styles and with a variety of ramp options. The best way to make sure you’re getting what you need is to take a look at the trailer, live and in person, before you buy. 

Enclosed Trailers

Most landscaping contractors, home remodelers, and other businesses that need to protect expensive tools, equipment and supplies prefer enclosed trailers. There are many options on enclosed trailers that need to be carefully considered before purchase.

Doors are a major feature that can make or break trailer usefulness. Cargo doors, barn doors, and ramp doors are among the most common options. In many cases, trailers RackEmmanufacturers offer a side door or “man door” option, which is particularly popular with landscaping trailers.

After you buy an enclosed trailer, you may find that accessories and customizations make it even more useful.

Specialty Trailers, Custom Trailers

Boat trailers, car haulers and tow dollies are among the most-requested types of specialty trailers. Refer or refrigerated trailers are also in high demand, especially for food truck service businesses. Obviously, you need make sure your trailer is right for your job and your needs, it pays to remember that they’re trailers first, and you’ll want to keep it in good working order as long as possible to get the most out of your investment.

Work with a local business that knows trailers, hauling, and has a good relationship with a number of vendors and manufacturers. Cleveland RTA custom trailer

With specialty and customized trailers, in particular, experience in the trailer industry really matters. For example, here’s a custom trailer we outfitted to handle the very specific needs of a municipal agency. Read more about how we customized this enclosed trailer.



Trailer Details that Matter (Hint: They all matter!)

Trailer tongue length affects steering and stability. Taillights (are a critical safety component! and) need to be projected from the elements to remain in good working condition. Your trailer’s weight and intended use will typically dictate what type of braking system you’ll need. From axles and brakes to frame length, construction and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), myriad details about your trailer affect its performance, handling and reliability.

Trailer Service and Routine Maintenance

While regular service will help keep you and your trailer rolling and working hard, if you use your trailer, eventually, something’s going to break. We’ve been in the trailer business since 1935. In Cleveland, and throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, people who depend on their trailers depend on JTI.


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsFinancing a Trailer?  Naturally, there’s the trailer you want, the trailer you need, and the trailer you can afford. At JTI, we offer several financing options, so our customers find they can get pretty close to satisfying all three of those things. www.JTIinc.com

Call us at 440.232.4311 or stop in our showroom Monday – Saturday to discuss your needs and find out how you can get rolling with the right trailer for you.



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Trailer Tires: Bias, Radial, & How You Should Roll

We proudly sell Kenda Karrier ST Radials and Load Star Bias Ply tires. And although having quality tires is important (your trailer is probably carrying some mighty valuable equipment) is always a good choice, the most critical things about your trailer’s tires are that they’re the right size and are in good condition.

See our list of in-stock and special order trailer tires

While most of our customers understand that passenger tires are not made for trailers, it bears repeating.

Passenger Tires Are NOT Made for Trailers

Your trailer isn’t a car. It handles heavy loads around corners, on rough roads, and often at highway speeds. We’ll spare you the physics lesson: the fact is passenger car tires put your load (and other drivers) at risk.

Trailer specialty tires (ST) typically have stiffer sidewalls than passenger tires, which handle trailer loads better and help with trailer handling (especially preventing or minimizing sway).

So What’s Better: Bias or Radial Trailer Tires?

Here’s the scoop: the better tire for you is the one that will best suit your needs and usual driving (hauling) habits. We rarely “just” sell a tire – like everything else regarding our customers’ trailers, we tend to ask a few questions to make sure they’re getting the right equipment. But, to answer the question in a nutshell:

Bias ply tires are generally less expensive than radial trailer tires. That doesn’t mean they’re inferior. Their construction is different. Bias ply tires have layers of nylon laid at 30-45 degree angles underneath the tire tread. They are ideal for people making short and/or infrequent trips with their trailers. Some bias tires have stiffer sidewalls than radial tires, which can be an advantage for certain hauling situations.

Radial trailer tires are what you want if your trailer is on the road for long trips. They tend to stay cooler (especially at highway speeds) and last longer. Radial tires are constructed with steel belts running at a 90 degree angle to the tire’s tread direction. Due to their construction, they have a longer tread life and are tougher overall.

In the Long Haul, Are Radial Trailer Tires Worth the Price?

Generally speaking radial tires last longer, have less rolling resistance (giving slightly better mileage). Bias tires have some specific advantages in certain cases, but for the less-frequent hauler, are often the better choice primarily because of cost.

Remember, trailers aren’t cars and what you know about passenger tires rarely applies to trailer tires.

For example, on a single-axle trailer, you really don’t need to rotate your tires. Rules regarding tire inflation and PSI are also a little different when it comes to trailers and trailer tires.

With 80+ years in the business, we think it’s safe to say we’re the trailer and hitch experts. If you have any questions regarding your tow vehicle and trailer, we encourage you to call us. We’re here to help, 6 days a week.

Related read: Avoid Trailer Tire Dry Rot

Also, learn more about Proper Trailer Load Balancing and Distribution

JTI, Cleveland trailer experts  www.JTIinc.com 440.232.4311

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Memorial Day in Cleveland

memorial_day_Post.jpgJTI will be closed on Memorial Day, to pause and remember those who have served our country and contributed to all that it is today.

We will also take advantage of the great freedoms we enjoy here, in this country and specifically in Northeast Ohio. The Metroparks are gorgeous, Lake Erie is a truly Great Lake, and we are grateful every day for the wonderful customers, co-workers, friends and family whose company we enjoy so much.

We wish you a peaceful, relaxing weekend. And, we’ll be open bright and early on Tuesday, so if your trailer, hitch, tires, axle, brakes or anything else needs attention, you know where to find us.

JTI, Cleveland trailer experts   www.JTIinc.com    440.232.4311

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Jumping Jack Tent Trailers ON SALE!

We’ve said it before & we’ll say it again. You can have a lot of #FunWithAHitch. But the Jumping Jack Tent Trailer is super-special. It’s a tent trailer built to last that can carry along all of your camping gear, a kayak or two, or a 4-wheeler or two, and then when you arrive, it turns into a comfy tent for four in about 5 minutes.

Got that? We’ll wait while you read it again. OR JUST STOP IN! It’s as good as it sounds, and right now we have two – JUST 2! – on our lot. They’re clearance priced because our regular trailer inventory is about to grow astronomically. So… if you want a great tent trailer at the best price you’ll see anywhere, COME SEE US NOW. These sweet Jumping Jack  tent trailers won’t last.


See specs on our website – 6×8′ utility trailer turns into a sturdy, comfortable 5×8 tent – in just about 5 minutes. Stop in, let us show you how.

See our Facebook page for more ways you can have #FunWithAHitch.