Compact Equipment

SEP 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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www.compactequip.com 31 on the contour," says Ron Peters, product manager for Edge. "This is all mechanical, there's no hydraulic on it, so the push does it all automatically." V-blades work great for sidewalk and parking lot cleanup, because you can put them in a couple different positions. "You can angle the snow left or right or put it in a V-po- sition if you're just going down the sidewalk to push the snow away," says Peters. "The scoop position lets you take snow and remove it from a doorway entrance and push it off to the side so you don't leave any behind." Angle brooms are also a great option. Peters points out that the brooms are ideal for removing 3 or 4 in. of snow and are generally used around buildings and for sidewalk cleanup. He says, "An operator will want the broom to be a little wider than the machine so he or she is not driving over the snow and compacting it instead of cleaning it." Attachments aren't just for the front. Moving on to the back of the wheel loader, snow removal companies can turn to salt spreaders for their operations. For example, Edge offers an electric spreader. Peters explains that the spreader allows operators to run a snow blower or plow on the front of the machine, clean the area and then flip a switch to start spreading salt on a parking lot. Pam Kleineke is the managing editor of Compact Equip- ment . Sure, your machine may be ready for winter work, but are you? Although the operator's man- ual is a good place to start for how to run the ma- chine, wheel loader and attachment experts offer tips to keep you and the public safe. "Safety is critical, and operators need to be aware of the large amount of articulation swing that are inherent with wheel loaders," says Mike Stephan, president and cofounder of Kage Innovation LLC. "Being that compact wheel loaders are articulated, the front and back of the machine move laterally from side to side as the wheel is turned. This can cause problems if the operator is close to obstacles on one side or the other and decides to turn the steering wheel. Precaution needs to be exercised, especially when operating loaders with wide at- tachments." Compact wheel loaders are known for their vis- ibility — which earns them major points for safety — but dreary winter work adds obstacles. Opera- tors need to be aware of what's going on around them, especially when working in the dark. "You always want to know your surroundings," says Ron Peters, product manager for Edge. "You want to make sure peo- ple aren't right around by you. You should have your lights on — headlights, strobe lights and flashing lights — because a lot of this is done when it's dark or early in the morning. You also want to know where your curbs are. There are some flags that can be mounted on the edge of a snow plow or snow push so you can see the edge a little better. One advantage is that you sit higher on a wheel loader, so you can see your surroundings better when you're backing up. Backup alarms are helpful too." Wheel loaders offer operators 360-degree visibility of a jobsite. SAFETY FIRST What to Know Before Heading Out in the Snow Angle brooms are ideal for removing 3 or 4 in. of snow and are generally used around buildings and for side- walk cleanup.

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