Cold weather can be costly. A report by the Insurance Information Institute listed overall losses from winter-related disasters at over $3.7 billion for 2014, and $1.4 billion of those losses were uninsured. Ouch! In addition, Accuweather noted that private snow removal services cost New York City over $11 million in 2011. This rose to over $130 million in 2014, while Canada spends over $1 billion per year on it. Snow impacted more than 60% of the contiguous United States in March 2015, according to NOAA’s National Snow Analysis. More than 100,000 jobs related to maintaining and plowing roads were in existence as of May 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.While that might be good news for snow removal contractors, it also means that specialists need the latest and best tools to satisfy demand.
Snow plows and snow pushers are not the same and serve different purposes, with steel snow pushers being used for contain and relocating snow, while heavy duty snow plows merely push it to the side. Snow pushers are durable and resilient, with many lasting over 20 years according to customer reports. The SBR extruded rubber on the Pro-Tech Sno Pusher with Rubber Edge offers a durometer of 65 to 2,000 tensile strength and specially formulated to provide both hardness and stiffness as well as flexibility.
Steel snow pushers are usually used to remove snow from areas over one acre such as airport tarmac, parking lots, and industrial facilities. Snow pushers are versatile and can handle a range of materials including light materials such as water, mud, sludge, silage, manure, and grain. The largest containment plow, measuring 30 feet in length and able to hold over 57 yards of snow, is the Super Duty Sno Pusher. These machines offer an increase in productivity of as much as 500% over conventional blades or buckets.
The new bucket clamp is an innovation that removes shackles, chains, and loose ratchet binders — often difficult to maintain — and can also decrease the average connection time significantly to offer contractors a new level of control when clearing snow. The result is an efficient, usable experience that makes snow removal easier and faster. Snow pushers can thus save companies time and money while improving working conditions for employees.