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