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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www.compactequip.com 35 tional snow pusher," cites Girard. "This attachment features inde- pendent moldboard sections that move independently, allowing each section to shift up and down in response to uneven pavement or obstacles. That provides a num- ber of benefits to snow removal contractors, including the ability to clean a lot in fewer passes, use less salt, reduce wear and more quickly produce a safer driving and walking surface." Snow plows and blades come in a lot of varieties, including V, snow, angle, straight, pusher and beyond. A V-blade uses the variable angle blade as a V-plow, scoop, straight snow blade or an angled snow blade. Snow blades, which can be as narrow as 3 ft or as wide as 10 ft, can push a tremendous amount of snow at high speeds. Angled blades can either be angled manually or remotely using the units' auxiliary circuit. Snow buckets (sometimes called bulk material buckets) are available in standard-, medium- and heavy-duty models and are a great option for heavy, wet snow removal. Hydraulic spreaders allow contractors to apply sand and salt. Optional drop shields or deflector kits allow for big broadcasting or spreading precisely (like the width of the sidewalk). These spread- ers can also come in bucket form, so operators can simply scoop up material. Snow brooms come in push and angle. The push broom, which like it sounds, is a giant broom head that simply pushes down and pushes debris forward; it's the most economical option. An angle broom does exactly what its name implies too: It operates at an an- gle to the left or right and pushes material off the surface and away from the machine, but an angle broom also has a cylindrical brush head that spins. For snow depths larger than 2 ft, snowblowers cre- ate the best solution to relocate the material so the path can be cleared. The typical in-cab electri- cally controlled adjustable chute rotates left and right and the de- flector controls the height of the discharge allowing you to position the material exactly where you need it to go. As you can see, there are many attachments and options for track loaders doing snow work. Units just need the right tracks, cab and attachments for your specific snow removal applications. "We most often see our machines used for snow clearing in limited-space ar- eas," says Storlie. "This includes sidewalks because of a compact track loader's high speeds and narrow widths. Contractors also use them in small parking lots thanks to the equipment's easy maneuverability. This same ease-of-movement al- lows operators to move from residential driveway to driveway as quickly as could be done with a snowplow. When equipped properly, these are versatile productive machines." Keith Gribbins is associate publisher of Compact Equipment.

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