Monthly Archives: December 2015

Introducing The BuzzBox: A Large Capacity Commercial Salt Spreader & Multipurpose Tool


The Swiss Army Knife is a well-built, thoughtfully engineered multipurpose tool. Everyone’s heard of it because it’s so handy to have around. BuzzBox is the Swiss Army Knife of the snow and ice removal industry. The good folks at BuzzBox USA have developed a tool that has the potential to revolutionize your business and make you more productive, more efficient, and above all more profitable. BuzzBox is more than a heavy-duty, commercial sand and salt spreader. BuzzBox is a year-round multipurpose tool designed to handle all your heavy jobs. When your truck is outfitted with BuzzBox, there’s no downtime. It works just as effectively as a dump-box, chipper, shredder, leaf and debris vac, as it does sand and salt spreader.

Year-Round Versatility

Mike Stevens (Snow Plow News) interviewed owner Josiah Niemela and got an introduction to the BuzzBox. What makes BuzzBox so impressive is that it performs so many tasks, has year-round versatility, and is priced comparably with other high-end, truckbed salt spreaders. It’s not just a salt spreader though, so you won’t have to store it in the off-season. How many times have you needed a tool you don’t have? With BuzzBox, you’ll be able to tackle new jobs after the winter snows have melted away without having to purchase additional tools.

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1) Year-Round Versatility
2) Short and Long Box Sizes
3) Mild or Stainless Steel
4) Universal Vehicle Mount
5) ¾ Ton Vehicles & Above
6) Multiple Work Attachments
7) Live Bed/Power Buckhead
8) 1.7 to 4.5 Cubic Yard Capacity

Heavy-Duty Tools For Heavy-Duty Work

Tools are important in every business. The snow removal industry is especially hard on equipment. When weather hits, you need to know your tools are up to the job. Downtime costs money. The more time you spend operational, the more work gets done. The snow and ice removal industry is fortunate to have some of the finest manufacturers including: BOSS, Sno-Way, Western, Meyer, Fisher, Hiniker, SnowEx, Blizzard and more. They build high quality equipment designed to work hard. The manufacturers at BuzzBox USA are intent on joining the ranks. The initial product offering makes a pretty good case for their goal of becoming an industry mainstay. Make no mistake, though, these guys aren’t rookies. They’ve been around the industry for awhile.

The BuzzBox Salt Spreader & Material Handler

Is it time for an equipment upgrade? Maybe you’ve got a spreader that’s ready to retire? Whether you’re new to the snow removal and de-icing biz or an old pro, the BuzzBox is ready for work and engineered to be long-lasting.

BuzzBox is equipped with a power bulk-head that keeps bag or bulk de-icing material moving toward the tailgate hopper. A heavy-duty motor distributes material at a rate you determine with easy-to-use, dual cab and tailgate controls. Caster jack legs allow for E-Z installation or storage. You’ll also be pleased with the accessories available for the BuzzBox.

It’s always fun to visit with manufacturers of innovative products, try out new tools, and put ’em to the test. This is one multipurpose tool that is sure to become an industry favorite.

For more information, visit BuzzBoxUSA or Call 906-353-6200.


Brent Jarvis for SnowPlowNews

Snow & Ice Forecast – 12/17/15 – GFS vs EURO Forecast Model – Which is Better?

GFS versus European Weather Forecasting Models at predicting Snow and Winter Weather

Rob Guarino with the Weather Pros along with Snow Plow News reports on whether the GFS or European (ECMWF) weather model is the best model for guidance and forecasting. The U.S. has invested almost $24 million in its GFS (Global Forecast System) model, but the question is, will this prove to be a better tool at predicting weather outcomes than the next leading contender, the ECMWF?

What is the European Weather Model?

The European model, from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), is a good model and was started about forty years ago. The ECMWF is supported by 34 countries, almost all of which are in Europe. The European model really received press coverage when it accurately predicted what would happen during hurricane Sandy as well as the more recent Hurricane Joaquin. While the European model quickly became everybody’s darling when it predicted the outcome of these storms more accurately than other models, it was shown not to be bullet proof when it predicted a snow storm hitting the East Coast was about to dump two feet of snow, yet that storm never really materialized.

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What is the GFS Weather Model?

The GFS is a model produced by the US Government’s NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction). While the GFS model has been around for a long time, in January of 2015 it recently received a major overhaul in order to overcome some of its less than stellar predictions it has made over the recent years. The US Government went so far as sending planes designated for serving  as hurricane observation tools into other storms in order to upgrade and asses the new GFS. The initial results showed large improvements over the older version of the model with greater precision both in data gathering and in forecasting areas.

Is the GFS a Good Weather Predictor?

The real question is, was the almost $24 million worth it, or should the US just become a partner with the ECMWF? Will the effects of El Nino and La Nina on weather throw off this new model, or will the US once again show Europe its dominance in almost every facet of life, from movie making (thank you Star Wars) to weather forecasting.

The only way to find out is to watch Rob Guarino as he covers the outcome of the ongoing dual between the GFS and the European models. What happened with the massive Chicago to Detroit storm? Who won the Grand Island, Nebraska, match? What about that storm that went through Minneapolis?  Check out what Rob has to say!

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Snow & Ice Forecast – 12/09/15 – Has El Nino Peaked and How is It Affecting This Year’s Weather Forecast?

Rob Guirino reports for Live Weather Blogs, The Weather Pros, and Snow Plow News on the current status of El Nino, has it peaked?

What is El Nino?

Its been over 116 years since there has been no snow in upstate in New York this late in the season.  The El Nino weather phenomenon can wreak havoc with the normal weather patterns of North America, so watching the current status of an El Nino event is a constant activity for a meteorologist. El Nino literally refers to “Christ Child” since Peruvian fisherman have long noticed that the conditions we refer to as El Nino usually peaked around Christmas time.
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An El Nino occurs when there are higher than normal ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean creating warmer air currents as well as higher pressure systems. These pressure systems keep away some of the cold air currents that normally come down from the arctic this time of year. This year’s El Nino was a strong one, with ocean temperatures in places as much as ten degrees warmer than the temperatures for the same places in an average year.

What is the Status of This Year’s El Nino?

This year’s El Nino has indeed peaked and weakened, but its affects have by no means left us. While weaker, this El Nino is still having a strong influence over global weather patterns. The winter season start has not only been pushed back to January; the winter will remain milder than the average year.

How Will El Nino Affect Us the Rest of This Winter?

So what can we expect the rest of this year? Winter will return bit by bit. The arctic jet stream will have its annual invasion on the North American continent yet, but the “Siberian Express” experienced during some winters will not materialize.

There are still opportunities for large snow storms that can drop a foot or more of snow in some places, but we are unlikely to see the huge snow storms like what was seen in the Buffalo area last year.

Where those snow storms will hit and exactly how intense they will be is yet to be seen. We will know the exact location of these winter events when the arctic jet stream begins to show us its planned course of invasion to welcome parts of North America with its habitual arctic blast.

Where that arctic jet stream pushes in will tell us where the next winter storms will develop as it brings the cold air needed for the snow to materialize. These snow storms can be expected in January, February, and even into March for some places in the United States.

Subscribe and stay tuned to Snow Plow News for further Snow Storm updates and be prepared for the big one we might yet see this winter season.



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Action Alert: Become a content producer with SIMA in 2016

‘We are always seeking new ideas, subject matter experts, and different perspectives for webinars, videos, interviews and articles.’

Take action now on content production:

By Brian Birch
Each year, SIMA creates industry webinars, articles and videos. Our goal is to be the most relevant and best quality content creator in snow and ice management.

This coming year will be one of great change for SIMA. The association will continue to build on successes in best practices, and will launch a new content management section at to replace The new section, called the SIMA Library, will launch later this month and will feature:

  • A comprehensive set of categories and tags that can help you drill into content
  • The ability for SIMA to set some content as members-only
  • Quick access to great content from past issues of Snow Business magazine
  • A widget to search for articles by our most popular authors
  • Mobile-friendly design for easy reading or review on any mobile device

Not only will you see new and better content from SIMA in the next year, but we created a more formal taxonomy for organizing material online, and we are actively working to adopt this taxonomy within SIMA as much as possible. Along with that, we are working hard to align our content with the SIMA Standard Glossary of Terms, so that the content you see and hear from us is better organized and clearly understood.

We are always seeking new ideas, subject matter experts, and different perspectives for webinars, videos, interviews and articles. We encourage you to become a content producer in 2016!

Josiah Niemela Talks about BuzzBox’s Multi-Purpose Product

Josiah Niemela Talks with Mike about BuzzBox’s multi-purpose project. Its great for spreading salt, but Landscaper/Snow Removal companies can use the Buzzbox year round.

The BuzzBox is all of these: Salt/Sand Spreader, Dump Box, Chipper/Shredder and Leaf/Debris Vac.


Here are some additional bulletpoints from BuzzBox:

  • Year-Round Versatility
  • Short & Long Box Sizes
  • Mild or Stainless Steel
  • Universal Vehicle Mount
  • 3/4 Ton Vehicles & Above
  • Multiple Work Attachments
  • Live Bed / Power Buckhead
  • 1.7 to 4.5 Cu. Yd. Capacity

For more info go to: