Compact Equipment

OCT 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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Page 26 of 63 27 It would appear that skid steers and compact track loaders are conquering another workplace — snowplowing. What started out as a barn-cleaning, load-out machine before migrating into material handling, landscape and street- repair work, has proved its mettle as a snow-blowing, snow-broom- ing and snow-plowing workhouse. "We definitely are seeing snow plow use go up for skid steers," says Jen Strelcheck, product man- ager for Boss Snowplow. Asked which is more preferred for snow plow application, a skid steer or track loader, Strelcheck says there doesn't seem to be a clear preference. "It's a mix. More of them are skid steers, but there are customers who definitely pre- fer the track loader. It gives bet- ter traction. On the other hand, if there is a warming and cooling trend, sometimes the tracks will ice up and that causes concern." Greg Blankenheim at Meyer Products also hasn't seen a clear- cut preference for one compact machine or another for snow plow- ing. "It is all about what a person has," he says, adding that he has seen some skid steer snow-plowers whose techniques didn't take full advantage of a plow's potential. "Skid steer operators like to put their front tires up in the air think- ing they get better downward pres- sure and a better scrape. Really the blade should be in a float mode so it can better go with the contour. But it's hard to teach those guys who are used to running a skid steer a certain way." SKID STEER OR TRACK LOADER FOR SNOW?

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