Containing Winter with Containment Plows

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Snow pushers for loaders

There is a lot to love about winter. Catching snowflakes with your tongue, thrilling sports like snowboarding and skiing, snowball fights, and building snowmen. And the thing that is necessary for all of these activities? Snow! And most often, at least in the top half of the U.S., and sometimes dipping further south, there is plenty of it. The National Snow Analysis, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stated that 63.4% of the contiguous United States had snow on the ground as of early March in 2015. And certain cities, including Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado, as well as Anchorage, Alaska have each, during record high seasons, been dumped upon by at least eight feet of snow.

Paving the way to success… or plowing it

Commuters still need to get to work, students need to get to school, families need to get home. But when the snow keeps falling, very few cars are equipped to make the trek through the snow, ice and sludge. With all of that snow, heavy duty snow plows are a hot commodity during the ice-cold season. In Canada alone, approximately $1 billion is spent on snow removal each year. Seeing the flashing lights of a containment plow on the road or in a parking lot becomes a familiar, and often welcome, sight. Snow pushers, though we often don’t give them a second thought, are what keep cities moving when winter storms do their best to bring everyday comings and goings to a halt. And they do more than simply clear the road to get you to work on time.

White, windy, wintery work

There is a lot to consider when hauling away unwanted snow. Not only do plow drivers need to think about accessibility and where the huge mounds of snow will be dumped that are out of the way, but there is the factor of which type of plow to use. Think about this: an average vehicle owner in the United States will spend an extra $335 a year solely on repairs needed from the effects of rough roads. And in large cities, that average can skyrocket to $746. That isn’t even taking into account the damage that poor parking lots can do. Containment plow drivers must think about what would be the best to clear a road or parking lot of snow safely and efficiently. Should they use a snow plow rubber edge, or would a steel snow pusher be better? They each have different advantages and disadvantages, and affect the quality of the road in the long run. The biggest containment plow might be fastest, but is it the best for the space and type of road? Not an easy job, especially in a blizzard.

Next time you’re struggling to get through the snow, take a moment to appreciate a plow driver. They’re working hard so that you can get where you need to go.

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