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owners of ARCTIC products

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jvm81, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 381

    Any one out there has an arctic pusher? What size, what machine and how do you charge with it?

    I would be using a BOBCAT S205.
     
  2. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    im kinda interested in this myself.. what do you guys think... i see lots of good things, and lots of bad...
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  4. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 381

    60 skids??!!

    That is more than my whole town put together. Including new, used and guys owning them - WOW!
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    And I forgot they sell them all every year and buy new ones.
     
  6. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I just bought 3 of them.

    J.
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    And/ How about some details if you don't mine.
     
  8. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    Ok.

    Picked them up used. Looked at them last season, but decided that the price was a bit more then I wanted to spend then.

    While looking I got a real nice demo, and they ARE the real deal!.. Down to pavement every pass, even in hard pack. So, I contacted the local dealer, who is a full time business competitor of mine, whom I don't like, Got his opinion. went and looked again. Talked to his head mechanic. Liked what I heard about the maintance aspects and long term performance.

    Bought 3 used 10ft at a nice rate.

    With the way these work, you will use less melter because you can clean down to the pavement. thus reducing your salt prices.

    Even with all the moving parts, the mechanic said they only replaced 4 to 5 of the rubber blocks on all thier units. They do however go through cutting edges fairly quick, but last year here was a bit crazy.

    The dealer also runs something like 15 to 20 of these ranging from 10 to 16ft.

    J.
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    I'll let you know how my 12 and 14ft work this winter. I'm glad Peterbilt likes them.:drinkup:
     
  10. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    The "Seeing it work part" is what sold me. I mean the video is pretty cool, but live, you have to see it to believe it.

    Another thing that is nice, is that since it "Floats" it reduces box drag, and keeps all the wheels on the ground. With other pushers you have severe box drag, resulting in loss of power unit power. These don't do that. and by not doing that, you can have smaller power units pushing the box.

    J.
     
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Yeah the vid is pretty cool, but GV fell in love with the owners wife at Sima.:drinkup:
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Maybe so,but you fell harder because you bought 2!:D
     
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    No comment. LOL
     
  14. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    Well lucky you, I bought mine from a fat bald guy.

    J.
     
  15. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609


    Could be the husband.Jd you still may have a chance!:rolleyes:
     
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    LMAO. Now that was funny.
     
  17. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    well thats good to know, please keep me posted this year... i like the idea... but in recent years my thinking has generally been towards less moving parts, and a simpliar design... i was also wondering about the fact that you cant use a "down pressure" so how well do they clean the hard pack? i get the idea of it ridding in the low spots, but if the hard pack is on a high spot, now there is less weight , and no down pressure scrapping it.. only the 350 odd lbs?

    well let me know your thoughts this season,.. if any one has 2 machines , one artic , and one regular with a steel edge.. it would be interesting to see a compairison between the two.... is it noticeable , and worth the extra cost , clearly?

    one other thing i was consernded with was no bracing for the boxed ends
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  18. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    The box ends can't have bracing because they float over curbs allowing you to clean flush with the curb. 14 of my pushers all have spring loaded end plates and I wouldn't go back to braced end plates. Also if you have the right attack angle on your cutting edge, you don't need down pressure, we run all our tractors in float when plowing and have not had a problem with hard pack. We'll see how these things work this winter and I'll post a thread of my findings.
     
  19. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I think the problem that people have here ie that they try and second guess what the builder of a product is going for.

    Have you seen this product work? Have you operated one? I have and like I said its the real deal.

    J.
     
  20. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i dont second guess the manu. and the concept... but its been proven over and over ...less moving parts , less problems, for the most part...

    i have some , but limited experiance with pushers, but i can weld.. it would seem to me if a hard hit would occur , welding is a pretty simple fix...

    this is made to "take the blow" or rather avoid it.... what happens to those bow ends if they hit a curl on an angle? not being braced? to they bend to the side? just asking questions, from a simplicity stand point....

    never used the product , but interested in it for the future