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New Sidewalk Machine

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DGODGR, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    It's snowing today. Dirt work will have to wait. I found this video on the net and thought I would share. I would imagine it's pretty tough on the sidewalks though. Check out the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnQtEvvW4Zw
     
  2. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    grader for snow removal

    I believe that Caterpillar grader is in Sweden.

    The wide snow tires have a huge tread profile,
    lower ground pressure per square inch and
    the softer rubber makes for great traction grip.

    It just proves that a 6 by 6 grader with good snow tires
    is a beautiful thing, lots of glass, and lots of height,
    lots of lights, great line of sight vision, wing plow,
    front blade, 12 foot belly blade, rear weights,
    all season cab, rear fenders for the twin axles........

    And some people think I am crazy for suggesting
    the implementation of a 6 by 6 grader for snow
    removal work is a smarter way to do things with less
    work and effort-go figure.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010
  3. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    I don't think there's any doubt that graders work well for plowing. The reason why someone might think you're "crazy" for suggesting one is that they cost $150k :waving:
     
  4. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    A bit overkill for sidewalks, but that operator was very careful and successful. He didn't even knock over the garbage can sitting right next to the sidewalk.

    ...unlike our New York counterparts.:cry:
     
  5. DGODGR

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 639

    If you see a 140M for $150k...buy it! They are over 250K new.
     
  6. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    I use a grader for sidewalks once or twice every spring when we get our heavy, wet, deep snows. It's a buddies old Cat grader. I just shift the blade over and take the snow down to about 2" above the sidewalk and let the ATV handle the remainder.

    I would use it more often but the darn thing doesn't have a heater.
     
  7. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 260

    Theres is nothing goofy about graders snowplowing. Its basically how its been done since we've been running equipment. People are starting to forget this and now think its the only way to plow snow is thrashing a personal truck you dont include in a business plan. This isn't a some great lost art or new technique its how equipment is run by professionals.
     
  8. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    grader for snow plowing

    My goodness,

    If I had a bow down smiley to insert in my posting
    I would plaster the page with them for your
    generous comments.


    This video is the main reason I keep saying the job
    completion auctions and equipment dispersals and
    municipal auctions are a gold mine in relation to
    motor graders as they can always be traded in for
    the much smaller 6 by 6 new ones if the price is right
    as they hold thier value.

    Happy New Year
     
  9. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    grader etc.

    AS imentioned the other day they did not have snow tires
    on the loader and chains and thats why things got stupid.

    The non directional mining/logging tires mounted as
    standard equipment and replacement tires are worthless
    in snow pack especially when its gets greasy when its melting.


    I am also sure the 4 wheel drive was disconnected on it the
    way it was swinging around as the full reversing transmissions
    have a disconnect spool that canbe locked out using a pipe nipple
    and nut and bolt if they are still using Clarke transmissions.

    :waving:::sleeping::yow!: Happy New Year
     
  10. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 260

    I get grumpy at time like the rest of us. I'm just amazed that I read threads on here about loaders bad in snow and graders a great secret weapon for snow. Its almost like we hit a Dark Ages of snowplowing and forgot construction equipment was once used to remove snow. I'm even getting these comments at work with our large influx of unemployed contractors as operators.