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Articles pertaining to the Winter Equipment Company news, snow removal technologies, and events in the municipal snow removal community.

Elissa Tennant

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The Best Way to Avoid Springtime Road Maintenance

If you know Winter®, you know we’re out to educate our industry on how to make road clearing and maintenance more efficient.

This entry was posted in winter equipment company, road maintenance, low bid blades on October 9, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

How Improper Torque Leads to More Road Maintenance

Let’s get into the nuts and bolts (so to speak) of snow plow blade installation! When you’re tightening and applying pressure to your hardware, it’s formally known as torque.

This entry was posted in low bid blades, torque on October 2, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

The Easiest Way to Reduce Your Salt Usage This Winter

Since the 1940s, U.S. road maintenance departments have been spreading salt on streets and highways to melt snow and ice. It’s not a new phenomenon, but the rate of use has gone up astronomically from about 0.15 metric tons (0.16 tons) per year during the 1940s to about 18 million metric tons (19.8 million tons) per year today.

This entry was posted in salt, chemicals, low bid blades on September 18, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

How to Use Fewer Chemicals on Your Roads

This entry was posted in chemicals, low bid blades on September 11, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

The Right Questions = The Perfect Blade

There’s nothing worse than finishing a hard season of clearing roads blizzard after blizzard, only to be forced to immediately begin maintenance on those same roads. 

Road maintenance is an expensive problem that you can absolutely reduce the need for – starting by using the right tools.

This entry was posted in winter equipment company, find your system on August 28, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

Top 3 Winter® Highlights from the APWA Snow & Ice Show 2018

If you recall, we recently exhibited at the APWA Snow & Ice Show 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We're so grateful to everyone who stopped by our booth and Chill Zone to say hello.

This entry was posted in trade shows, APWA, events on June 1, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

How To Get Peak Performance From Your Grading System

 Replaceable carbide-tipped milling tools consistently outperform standard grading blades but they must be installed, operated and maintained properly in order to provide maximum productivity and the lowest grading costs.

Use these tips to get peak performance from your carbide-tipped road grading system.

This entry was posted in Milling Tools, prevention, Graders on May 3, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

Case Study: How the Village of Buffalo Grove Ditched Low-Bid Blades for Good

Ten years ago, the Village of Buffalo Grove decided to “test run” two sets of carbide nose blades and undercarriage scraper blades and compare their performance to the traditional steel blades they have been using. After the switch, they never looked back. Since changing over from hardened steel blades to Winter® Equipment carbide blades, the Village of Buffalo Grove has saved:

  • the monetary cost of 14 hardened steel edges.

  • $5,000 in repair parts each season.

  • 20-25 man-hours on shoe repairs each season.

This entry was posted in Case Study, blades, snowplow blades on May 1, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

6 Unbreakable Rules for Snowplow Driver Safety

It’s imperative that drivers maintain the highest safety standards while out on the road plowing. Accidents are not only devastating for the driver on an emotional level, they can also cost the municipality. Avoid unsafe practices at all costs!

Here are some important rules for equipment and snowplow driver safety. 

This entry was posted in safety, snowplow on April 24, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

Your Snowplow Blade Installation Checklist

Proper snowplow blade installation is vital. If the job is rushed or mistakes are made, it can cause the blade to wear unevenly or worse, to break.

Here’s a brief checklist to make sure installation is done right.

This entry was posted in snowplow blades, Installation Tips, Checklist on April 17, 2018 by Elissa Tennant
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