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Snow Melter Machine

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by NEAL, Jan 7, 2001.

  1. NEAL

    NEAL Member
    Messages: 98

    My father in law was telling me about these big hopper type units that the city of Chicago dumps snow into and it melts the snow and the water goes down into the drian system. Anyone use these things? I never saw one.

  2. iowastorm

    iowastorm Senior Member
    Messages: 358

    These units are mostly used by municipalities and airports. They're big bucks to purchase or lease. John Allin referred to one in a previous thread a while back.
  3. sam c

    sam c Member
    Messages: 58

    i went on a tour of logan airports snow and ice control operation a few years ago and they have some of these. a couple were mobile and a couple permanant. i wish i wrote down the amount of fuel they burn it was obscene, near 100 gph.
  4. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    I could use one of those right about now... I have an ENORMOUS snow pile in my front yard, I can't even see out my front window!

  5. bob

    bob PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 57

    Philadelphia just got a few of them. They've been bragging about them on the news. However they haven't said how well they work.
  6. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Someone mentioned that their granddaddy told them about melting snow curbside years ago. Some type of flame thrower mounted under the dump body, aimed at the gutter. The truck would just roll along real slow melting as it went.

    On that fuel consumption note, the 2 boilers where I work burn 24,000 gallons per day. The tanker trucks just keep coming and coming and coming.....

  7. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    New York city used on a week back in times square to clean up the snow before New Years, neat to watch, worked well.
    what it is is a vat of boiling water. snow goes in and becomes part of the water. water is slowly let out so that it doesnt overflow but it doesnt completely empty
  8. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I know a guy who used to plow at Newark airport and he siad that they had a huge pit that they would dump snow into to melt it all. Same thing you guys are talking about exept I think this is a permenant boiler pit.
  9. guido

    guido PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 261


    That was me a while bag that told about the machine that blows flames into the windrow by the gutter. If anyone finds pics of any of this stuff, let me know! Thanks!
  10. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    I've seen them up close and in operation. They are slick. However, they are also $250,000+ to buy. No cheap date.
  11. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care Member
    Messages: 93

    I made a post on these machines a few monthes ago.If you search for it you may find it.I even found a company that sells them with pictures of it in action.
  12. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

  13. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    That picture is not the same ones they are using at Newark International, JFK International and in Chicago.

    I've never seen that type before. Looks like it would work quite well on streets.
  14. Greens Keeper

    Greens Keeper Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Snow melter

    I seen the story on the weather channel about the snow in times square. With a little searching on this neat thing called the internet, a comapny in Canada makes them. Try their web site http://www.trecan.com Like to know $$$$$$
  15. 4 Saisons

    4 Saisons Senior Member
    Messages: 260

  16. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    4 S....

    Nice pictures..... can't read the danged verbiage !!
  17. snow

    snow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 1,002

    I found this while searching. this is a dealer that sells them, they have a description (in english) and some photos. i believe it's the same ones that they used in time square.
    here it is:<a href="http://www.plowsunlimited.com/specialty1.htm">http://www.plowsunlimited.com/specialty1.htm</a>


  18. 4 Saisons

    4 Saisons Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Mr Allin...

    Sorry for these french links...

    University here in Quebec, Canada works on this project for environemental reasons.

    the unit will be used to removed snow in the streets. the unit have a hose at the end connected to the streets mainhole. by this way, water will be treated by the water station before returning in the soil with less polutions.

    no idea when they will begin to use it.

    But here in sherbrooke, quebec, canada. for the next winter we will need to be registed at the city. They want to know what kind of equipment we use and wich sector we cover. I dont know how much it will cost, all this because too much truck put the snow in the street. The good news, i think it will make disapear the scalper or those who operate cash only.

    sorry again for my english, my french' better but i don't want to chat alone !!!

    [Edited by 4 Saisons on 01-11-2001 at 06:35 PM]
  19. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    4 S...

    I gotta keep in mind that you're french.... any you might not understand when I'm kidding.

    I was just pulling your leg about not being able to read the language. It was a joke. No need to apologize. It was my fault.

    I was joshin with ya, dude !!! No matter what language you speak, you're in the snow business... so you're one of us !!

    You keep right on communicating like you are - you're doing just fine. Your input is valuable and welcome. Keep it comin !!

    [Edited by John Allin on 01-11-2001 at 07:08 PM]
  20. 4 Saisons

    4 Saisons Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Reading 100% even when you guys are joking or kidding.

    BTW about the permit we gonna have next years, for us its new. never heard about this before. Does some of you have to pay this and how much.