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Propane Torch

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Brad3403, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 391

    I just noticed the sponsor ad for "Red Dragon" torches. Does anyone use a propane torch for melting problem areas? Do you recommend it? What is the largest area you have used it on?
  2. classiclawncare

    classiclawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Ive always wondered this as well.
  3. AccuCon

    AccuCon Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 432

    Same....I had a spot last year I probably could have used one...

    Plus there are just cool!
  4. buildinon

    buildinon Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    A couple of years back after the Feb 1 Blizzard here in Chicago that took days to clean up we had a very special request from a huge client. They needed just under 1 mile of rail road spur track cleared of the snow and ice asap. The train company wouldn't do it as they didn't own the line, and it was the responsiblity of the owner of the spur track. The reason they needed the line cleared is they had multiple flatbed train cars coming in carrying a couple hundred million dollars worth of power generation units. It is for the local power company. They only had a small window of time to get them in there with the train, crane operators, labor needed to move them ect...and the storm had already delayed it.
    So we came up with the plan to run an end loader down the track to break through the snow for the initial passes. Then we were able to put a excavator on the tracks with the teeth narrowed and back drag the distance of the line to remove the majority of the snow and ice. From there we had guys walk the line wit back pack mounted propane torches and clear the rails. It worked awesome. It was the first time we had tried the torches, and have used them a few times since for "special" projects.
  5. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 391

    That sounded interesting!!!!!!