Gravely Pro-QXT for Winter and Year-Round Use The Gravely Pro-QXT is the ultimate year-round machine for your snow removal arsenal.  With a brush, blade, and snow thrower attachment, it is ready for any snow, from dustings to blizzards.  The Pro-QXT is truly a commercial machine, able to take the rigors of a hard day’s work, day in and day out throughout the year. We had a chance to talk to Trae Humphreys, product manager for the Gravely line, who shared … Read more Gravely Pro-QXT Product Review

We had a chance to talk to Paul Rasevic at Rasevic Snow Services recently to learn about his business.  Rasevic Snow Services is headquartered in Bathesda, Maryland, and services central Maryland (including Baltimore), Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia.   Quick Stats: Employees, Full Time: 38 Employees, Seasonal: 750 Equipment: everything from shovels to 8 yard loaders to snow melters Favorite Snow Plow: Western Favorite Loader Plow: Protech How Did You Get Into the Snow and Ice Industry? “My brother (Mark) … Read more Contractor Highlight – Rasevic Snow Services

11/8/16 Milwaukee – Cold air, significant cold air, is finally forecast to arrive for most of the northern United States in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.  Our very warm Fall has meant little snow and even less Lake Effect Snow.  We talked about this last week, when we published an article on the end of the mild fall weather.  As stated in that article, the mild weather has been shared with many of Canada’s cities. The second half of … Read more Lake Effect Snow Basics

Only about 35% of the United States Population are in states that account for 65% of the snow and ice removal spend. While every state gets snow or ice during some winters (even Hawaii gets snow on the top of some mountains), it certainly isn’t a level playing field. New York Biggest Consumer of Snow Removal The northeastern states (New York and states east of New York) have the highest snow and ice revenues, but that is mostly because New … Read more 66% of Snow and Ice for 35% of the Population

EZ-Launch EFI Brings more Power and Control Ariens Company is releasing what they call their EZ-Launch EFI engine this year.  Why should you care?  More control, less fuel, longer life, easier operation, and 73 tons of snow per hour might get you interested.  They are the first we know of to use an electronic governor on a snow thrower engine to equip you with the ultimate snow thrower for commercial use.  Let us break down why their new engine boasts … Read more 73 Tons of Snow an Hour

You have heard that you should check your smoke alarm batteries at the time change in fall, and remember to check your equipment batteries now too.  Waiting for the snow to fly is not when you want to think about getting new batteries. If you are running a snow plow and an electric spreader, you put a lot of strain on your truck batteries.  Just because your truck starts in the cold does not mean your truck battery is up … Read more Daylight Savings Ends – Check Your Batteries

November 2, 2016 Milwaukee – Much of the United States and southern Canada have enjoyed mild temperatures since September.  Yes, there have been a few brief shots of cold and light snow east of the Rockies, but not many.  Many Canadian cities enjoyed the mild temperatures in October, too.  The only cities east of the Rockies to experience colder than average temperatures were Calgary and Edmonton.  Here is a chart of the October warmth: City October 2016 Temp (°C) Normal … Read more An End to Our Mild Fall Weather

New Controller Improves Performance of Sno-Way Poly V-Box Spreader Sno-Way International has announced the introduction of a new controller for their poly v-box spreaders.  This innovative new controller allows for independent control of the auger and the spinner for greater precision in spreading the salt, sand, or whatever you would like to load your spreader with. There are also push button controls for the vibrator option as well as the optional light.  If you like a wetting system to combine … Read more Sno-Way Intl. Introduces New Spreader Controller

Milwaukee – Fall has been quite mild for most of the United States.  In fact, September east of the Rockies was one of the warmest for many locations (Fig. 1).  In the image below, the light orange to dark orange divisions east of the Rockies were above average to warmest on record.  The mild weather has continued in October with many locations seeing a late frost, if it has even happened. Fig. 1 September Temp Rankings   Not every fall … Read more October Isn’t Always This Nice

Berlon Industries is rolling out a new snow auger attachment for fast snow removal in hard to reach places. Dubbed the Snowger, it is designed to sneak under trailers and other areas to safely and quickly remove snow. The idea came to Elliot Pennock when he noticed how difficult it was to clear snow from under semi-trailers, especially with snow pushers and plows. To solve that problem, Pennock came up with the Snowger, which looks like a box plow with … Read more Berlon Auger for Fast Snow Removal in Hard to Reach Places