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

Land Grading: Tips for Using Road Graders

According to The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics, 35% of all roads in the United States are unpaved as of 2012. That equates to 1.42 million miles of road!

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Graders, Milling Tools, Tips on July 31, 2018 by Anne Brower

5 Best Practices for Dealing With Road Obstacles

 

Staying safe when dealing with road maintenance is tough! Whether you are cleaning up potholes form a nasty winter or grading rural roads, hidden obstacles are everywhere! Here are five things to look for tips on how to stay safe when maintaining the roads in your area.

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools on July 24, 2018 by Anne Brower

The Snowplow Bid Process: Getting the Right People at the Table

This entry was posted in Bid process, Tips on July 17, 2018 by Anne Brower

Doubling Up on Blades to Extend Their Life? Yikes!

Wear life is a huge priority during the winter months for plow blades. Having longer wear life means less blade changes in sub zero weather in the middle of a job, lower overall replacement costs, and reduces safety concerns. 

This entry was posted in plow bolt, snowplow blades, Tips on July 10, 2018 by Anne Brower

Carbide-Tipped Road Grading Systems Outperform Standard Blades

Gravel roads have 3 main elements.

  1. A crowned driving surface
  2. A shoulder area that slopes directly away from the edge of the driving surface
  3. A ditch

The basic shape of the cross section must be correct, or a gravel road will not perform well, even under very low traffic. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on July 3, 2018 by Anne Brower

6 Types of Road Maintenance

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), There are approximately 4,071,000 miles (6,552,000 km) of roads in the United States, with 2,678,000 miles (4,310,000 km) paved and 1,394,000 miles (2,243,000km) unpaved.

Keeping these roads in working condition requires a ton of maintenance. Depending on the health of the road, varying degrees of upkeep are required. Here are six types of road maintenance that can be used for each job.

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Graders, Milling Tools on June 26, 2018 by Anne Brower

Ground Engaging Tools: What is a Scarifier?

A scarifier is used for tearing up pavement, or when a gravel road surface is too hard for a standard motor grader blade to cut through. It can also be used to break up packed ice and asphalt. 

Scarifying can be done by attaching extremely strong “teeth” to the grader that dig into hard surfaces without damaging the grader blade.  It has 11 removable teeth that can be adjusted to cut a maximum depth of 12 inches.  There are options to use both scarifier teeth and tools depending on the job. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Graders, Milling Tools on June 19, 2018 by Anne Brower

It's Risky Business to Use the Wrong Plow Bolt

Using the wrong bolt can result in lost production time, costly maintenance time or expensive equipment damage. Look for the Xtendor® logo to ensure you are using the highest quality fastener on the market today. Don’t take a chance on using the wrong bolt when assembling your plow blade and scarifier blade systems. 

This entry was posted in hardware, plow bolt on June 12, 2018 by Anne Brower

Glossary of Road Maintenance Terms

Are you new to the industry or just confused by some of the road maintenance terminology? Here is a brief glossary of some of the more widely used terms in the road maintenance industry. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools on June 7, 2018 by Anne Brower

Road Repair Techniques: Repairing vs. Reshaping

Gravel roads are farm to market roadways.  As traffic has increased and gravel roads become more prevalent and are carrying larger loads it’s imperative to follow good maintenance protocol to keep roads safe and stable. You can think about gravel road maintenance in two categories: repairing and reshaping.

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on June 5, 2018 by Anne Brower
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