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Has anyone ever seen this done before?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by buckwheat_la, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    So the other day a friend of mine who runs a bobcat, phones me up and tells me to check out one of my competitors at a contract. Curiousity gets the best of me so I hop in my vehicle and drive down to the site they are working on and you wouldn't believe what they are doing!!! They are using a soil conditioning attachment on their skid to tear down ice, and it is working like a damn. The unit they were using was rented from the local bobcat dealer and has little carbide teeth on it, and it went through that ice like butter, I am not sure this unit would be good on a concrete/asphalt surface but on gravel I think it would be great. Now I just need a new customer that has screwed up there snow and let ice build on their drive to give me a excuse to try this myself.
  2. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    No thanks. I'm not taking on that liability. Liable for the pavement and the attachment in the machine. If something does go wrong, they are gonna say that you were not using it right. Now you are held liable. I am good with dropping extra salt or using a loader bucket.
  3. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    That's what I thought too, but the bobcat dealer is the one who recommended it
  4. ironjet

    ironjet Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    if it was a rock hound( or soil preparator) they are made for breaking up hard packed soil to clear rock and stone , ice should be no problem for it at all , also some units you can adjust the height to keep it from getting too deep
  5. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 545

    damm, the secrete is out. It is only a matter of time before some big national cuts the rates on removing ice
  6. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    ice etc.

    Are you saying they used an asphault drum cutter
    or trenching cutter? they will also create a lot of heat.

    Or is it a garden spader/tiller attachment?

    A rock hound would not work very well for that as it has a
    hopper to collect the rocks.
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I'm thinking harley rake.
  8. ironjet

    ironjet Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    ive used a preparator with no basket , it's just angled and it kicks the rocks out to the side
  9. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    looks like this

  10. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    I've used a harley rake on my gravel lot to brake up ice, it helps.
  11. Four Seasons

    Four Seasons Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    ya, a harley rake would have no problem with ice at all.