Monthly Archives: September 2019

Sno-Way’s V Plow Takes the Hits and Saves the UTV

Snow-Way UTV V Plow

The UTV V Plow made by Sno-Way International has high strength steel and a trip-edge design that takes the hit that uneven surfaces like sidewalks often cause and protect the UTV from sudden jolts. The heavy duty springs and trip edge keep the UTV from getting that brutal hit. The blade height is 24″ inside and 28″ outside with a cutting edge of 1/4″ x 4-1/2″. It also has a convenient drive in mount system.

This bad boy has a powerful appetite for snow! It is a fully hydraulic 6 foot wide V plow that works well with the needs of plowing with a UTV on sidewalks and in small spaces. It uses the same mounting system found on Sno-Way’s straight plows that is proven and reliable. This V plow goes on and off easily regardless of the ground clearance. A “Ground Hugger” blade design transfers pressure from all the snow and forces the blade downward for optimal cleaning of surfaces. When the plow is removed from the UTV, only the mounting system stays in place under the it.

A UTV V Plow that’s Made to Last

Sno-Way’s UTV Flared V Plow is tough, made with tube steel/tab-slot and lock construction. With tab-slot and lock construction, the structural components fully link together so you get the maximum load force absorption available with weldments. It also has triple coated protection from corrosion and a patented Shock-Killer™ trip return system for protection from hits. This plow is built to last!

Available V Plow Accessories

There’s a sweet wireless controller for this plow that reduces the need for connectors that could get ripped off from the snow and ice. Sno-Way’s patented wireless Pro Control™ II plow control can be mounted just about anywhere. It’s also easy to operate with either hand.
Sno-Way also offers a E-Z fit snow deflector for optimal deflection and snow-rolling, as well as a plow shoes and a durable urethane-coated, polyester cover.

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MAJOR Temperature Changes on the Way

The variation in temperatures and forecasts across the U.S. for this weekend and into next week are incredible. You could say Mother Nature has a bit of a spit personality! This weekend kicks off with unseasonably warm temperatures across the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Southwest. We’re talking weather in the 80’s and no major cool downs at night. In fact, it’s dry and unseasonably warm across most of the Lower Midwest and South and it will stay that way in the South into next week.

So the BIG news is the cold, cold, cold Pacific Northwest temperatures and 3 FEET of snow expected in parts of Montana and portions of Idaho. We aren’t just talking about a little snow flurry – this is a crazy early season snowstorm that will be accompanied by record-breaking low temps and snow accumulation of 8-24 inches in many areas Friday through Monday. Windy conditions will blow the snow around as well. If you are one of the lucky snow contractors in this area, I’m guessing that you are already prepped and ready to rock and roll!

As that storm moves across the U.S. into the Upper Midwest and Northeast it turns to rain, but the cold persists in its path. We’ll see a cool down of temperatures all across the North, while temps in the South and Mid Atlantic area stay much warmer.

Will Winter 2019-2020 be Cold?

Future forecasts from Neoweather built specifically with snow and ice contractors in mind will address long range forecasts with multiple long range weather updates. In addition, a winter preview forecast for snow contractors will be coming soon! Watch for this in the coming weeks!

Neoweather 9/26 Weather Forecast Map

If you run a snow and ice contractor business, there’s no better investment to make than in a custom weather service. Private forcasting provides you 24/7 insight that matters to YOUR business, and industry-specific weather forecast information so you can be better prepared for a storm! Make sure you have the right staff, equipment and ice melt products ready for the next storm! Contact Neoweather to find out about how they can improve your ROI with customized private forecasting services!

Early Winter Storm Hitting Montana this Weekend!

Historic winter storm with dangerous conditions predicted for Montana this weekend

It’s time to take winter weather preparation seriously if you are located in Montana. The U.S. National Weather Service and private weather forecasting services like Neoweather are predicting a early-winter snow and ice storm will hit large parts of Montana Saturday morning, September 28, 2019 and Sunday, September 29, 2019.

Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow, dangerous winds and blowing, record cold temperatures, hazardous travel conditions, life-threatening backcountry conditions, downed trees and power lines, and damage to crops based on extremely cold temperatures.

The storm will actually begin Thursday, but will intensify and do most of its damage on Saturday and Sunday. Areas of Montana and the Rocky Mountain front are predicted to get 8-12 inches of snow and the valleys are predicted to get 1-2 inches of snow by Sunday morning. The valley snow falls may seem minimal, but because it’s so early in the season, this will be considered a historic storm. The real dump will be in the Marias Pass area with as much as 30 inches of snow!

Now is the time to consider better forecasting tools!

Let sudden and unexpected storms like this be a reminder that private weather forecasting tools customized for YOUR business and service area are essential and cost-effective. This storm was predicted by Neoweather well in advance. They have the snow removal business in mind when they put together their forecasts and detailed reports.

Just one storm like this in your snow removal service area will make Neoweather forecasting pay off! Having customized, updated, and accurate information helps you prepare with the right staff, equipment, and salt supply. Contact Neoweather today!

Weather Apps are for Amateurs

Weather apps are fine when trying to decide if a picnic will get rained out or not, but when your business relies on accurate weather forecasting, it’s simply not enough. Snow contractors need to have accurate, detailed forecasts from experts who focus on the issues that really matter for their business. That’s where a service like Neoweather comes in. Neoweather provides 24/7 accurate private forecasting that focuses on YOUR snow operation and YOUR coverage area.

Private Weather Forecasting for Snow Removal Companies

With incredibly accurate, custom forecasting that focuses on your service areas, you can be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. This will help you stay ahead of the storm on supplies, staff and equipment scheduling. And most importantly, it will help maximize your productivity and profit margins! All forecasts are broken down into great detail by the hour to anticipate temperature, dew point, percipitation, and snowfall amount. Reporting also includes wind updates for every 3 hours, impact details, forecast confidence details, snow/ice details, and other details too. You won’t just know when snow is coming and how much, you will know the type of snow that’s falling and all the details needed to choose what product to use to combat the storm. Neoweather even includes recommendations for salt, plow and pre-treatment.

Neoweather Private Forecasting - Makes Weather Easy

The other nice thing about a private weather forecasting service like Neoweather is that they don’t expect you to be a meteorologist – they break down the forecast for you in a way that is not only understandable, but applicable to your business. They know you don’t have time to sort through information and make predictions, so they do it for you. Partnering with experienced meteorologists that customize forecasts for your industry and geographic area increases safety, customer satisfaction and profit!

Snow Equipment Auction on Oct. 12th in Illinois

Looking to buy late model snow removal equipment? Then check this out! Lyon Alex & Son is holding an auction with all kinds of snow fighting equipment including things like late model rubber tired loaders, salt/sander trucks, skid steers, hydraulic excavators, trucks, trailers, support equipment, and more! Call Chad at 262-903-6269 with questions.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:30am

16W179 Jeans Road, Lemont (Chicago), IL 60439 (click for map)

Snow Equipment Auction in Chicago 10/12/19

Snow Equipment Auction Highlights:

  • 61 NEW SUPPORT EQUIPMENT: (3)Mustang Plate Compactor, (4)Mustang 2in. Sub Pump, (2)Mustang Concrete Vibrator, (2)Huskie Electric Demo Hammer, (2)Huskie Hammer Drill, (8)3-pc. 14in. Premium Diamond Blades, (8)25ft., 800Amp Extra HD Booster Cable, (6)2in.x50ft. Discharge Water Hose, (4)Auto Darkening Welding Helmet, (2)Stiff Neck Pintle Hitches, (3)1/2in. Drive Air Impact Wrench Kit, 12v Diesel Fuel Pump, (2)6-pk 14in. Abrasive Blades, (4)30in.x57in. Welding Table w/shelf, (2)29.5x90in. HD Work Bench w/shelf, (4)3/8in. Gong Target, (2)3/8in. Dueling Tree Shooting Target, (2)1/2in. Steel Coyote Shooting Target.

Gear up before the snow starts to fly! This auction has loads of equipment available for purchase. Download and print a flyer with all the details here.

Wind, heat, rain and SNOW this week – Plower Forecast 9.17.19

It’s truly a week of mischief in the weather world this week. The United States weather forecast includes tropical storms, wind, rain, heat and you guessed it – even some snow! Watch for all the details!

This week brings a new tropical storm into the U.S named Imelda. It is just entering the Houston area and dropping significant amounts of rain. Hurricane Humberto is still on the outskirts of the east coast, but not close to land so the coast should stay pretty dry as it continues to move further away.

Areas of the Midwest are seeing some scattered storms and rain, pushing east. But most of the East will stay pretty dry this week, especially the Southeast. Temperatures will be above average in the Midwest and East.

The big news for our Snow Plow News friends is a dip in the jet stream in the Upper Rockies and Northwest. That cold core low pressure center in the Northwest may produce some snow this week.

9/17 Snow Plowers Forcast

NTEA Welcomes Nikki Haley

The NTEA will welcome Nikki Haley to be one of it keynote speakers during its annual meeting that overlaps with the NTEA Work Truck Show.  Joining the NTEA annual meeting in Indianapolis on March 5th, 2020, at the NTEA Annual Meeting, Haley will be sharing through a moderated conversation with the audience.

Starting in the business world at the age of thirteen taking care of bookwork for her parents’ clothing store, Haley switched over to politics in 2004 at the age of 32 when elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Nikki Haley

Haley proceeded to the South Carolina Governor’s mansion after winning the gubernatorial election in 2010 and was reelected again as governor in 2014.  Haley gained a reputation for encouraging economic growth in South Carolina bringing the unemployment rate to a 15-year low, encouraging over $20 billion in new capital investment which included foreign capital investments, and saw job growth in every county in her state.

Our readers will know of Haley’s reputation during her time as a U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.  At the United Nations, she introduced reforms for efficiency, transparency, and accountability and negotiated $1.3 Billion in savings.  Haley was also instrumental in setting new sanctions against North Korea.

In 2019, Haley resigned her position at the United Nations and now sits on the Board of Directors for Boeing Corporation.  She currently serves on the Boeing’s corporate audit and finance committees.

“We’re honored to welcome Ambassador Haley and look forward to learning about her experiences as she traveled the world to defend America’s interests and keep our country safe,” says Peter Miller, first vice chairman of NTEA’s Board of Directors. “During her tenure, she tackled difficult issues like national security, education, human rights and unemployment. Her strong and passionate leadership serves as an example of how even the most challenging obstacles can be overcome.”

NTEA 20th Anniversary Work Truck Show Logo

The 20th annual Work Truck Show is North America’s largest work truck event.  The show will be held March 3–6,2020, at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Participants will have the opportunity to join educational sessions, attend the Green Truck Summit, and see the Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference. 

The exhibit hall will be open from March 4-6.  The Work Truck Show features vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components and truck equipment on a giant exhibit.  The show is helpful for anyone who works with vehicles, in the public and private sector, including fleet operators, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.

You can register for the NTEA Work Truck Show beginning in October.  Tickets for the annual meeting where you can hear Haley speak will be sold separately from the show’s registration.

Review of Farmers Almanac Winter Weather Forecast

Brisk, Polar, Cold, Frosty, Freezing, Icy, Subzero, Bitter, Glacial, Siberian Winter Hype. Sometimes these terms are thrown around by The Farmers Almanac and Old Farmers Almanac. Their job is to sell copies and that can come at a price for accuracy. 

The Farmers Almanac is calling for a very cold winter this coming year across almost all of the United States. They mention a “Polar Coaster” of brisk conditions in some areas. Frequent bouts of Canadian air will slide into much of the nation with just short respites of thaws. 

Their competitor – The Old Farmers Almanac- also favors a fairly widespread cold winter, but they are not as aggressive in their outlook. The common theme with both publications is an active weather pattern with many storms. 

Both almanac’s have forecasts for few day periods going out to several months in the future. Even using advanced computer forecasting models and the latest meteorological technology this is not possible. So, do the Almanac’s have the magic touch to predict the future? 

They use tactics developed in 1818 which have since been adapted into a formula. “The formula takes things like sunspot activity, position of the planets, tidal action of the Moon, and a variety of other factors into consideration,” the Old Farmers Almanac says. 

The mathematical and astronomical formula behind the Farmers Almanac takes into consideration “things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the Moon, the position of the planets, and a variety of other factors. The only person who knows the exact formula is the Farmers’ Almanac weather prognosticator who goes by the pseudonym of Caleb Weatherbee. To protect this proprietary and reliable formula, the editors of the Farmers’ Almanac prefer to keep both Caleb’s true identity and the formula a closely guarded brand secret.” 

The accuracy according to independent studies is similar to flipping a coin (around 50%). There’s a lot of cool information and entertainment contained in the Almanac, but it’s probably not the best source for a forecast months into the future. 

Meteorologists use a mix of climatology, ocean and atmospheric temperature and pressure patterns, plus advanced computer models to predict seasonal outlooks. The accuracy is not 100%, but there is more reliability in general trends based on proven correlations across the globe. 

Graphic of ENSO Temperature and precipitation anomalies for each quarter of the year.

This winter we believe a neutral El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) pattern will occur. This means close to average temperatures along and near the equatorial Pacific Ocean. A negative EPO (ridging and warm temperatures near the Gulf of Alaska) also appears likely. These setups normally cause warm weather in the western United States with big cold swings in the Plains and Midwest. 

NOAA/NESDIS SST Anomaly Image 2 Sept. 2019

There are many factors that still need to show themselves, but perhaps the Almanac will get SOME areas right. Neoweather will have a preliminary look at the winter forecast coming mid September.

ASV Introduces its RT-50 Posi-Track Loader

ASV Holdings Inc. introduced their new compact RT-50 Posi-Track loader this week and it should be ready to ship spring of 2020.  This new track loader is meant to complete their lineup, filling in the gap between their RT-40 and RT-65 track loaders. 

One highlight of the RT-50 is it can carry more weight (1400 pounds operating capacity) than tractors similar in size among its competition (often only 1000 pounds operating capacity).  That extra 40% carry capacity means you can get more done with the RT-50 in tight spaces than units of similar size.  The unit is light enough to be transported on a trailer pulled by a half ton truck.

Justin Rupar, ASV’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, shared, “The new RT-50 fits into a size class our customers were asking for.  We’re excited to offer the machine as an extremely versatile compact track loader for its class. The RT-50’s size and capabilities will make it very attractive to both existing and new ASV customers. It offers exceptional value to a wide range of industries due to its groundbreaking design and performance features, allowing operators to complete tasks in places other machines aren’t able to.”

The unit has a high ground clearance allowing you to get through rougher areas that may include logs or large rocks.  It has a high pin height, too, so you can load small dump trucks with this lighter weigh machine without needing to resort to a larger unit.  Another plus is the hydraulic coolers with large lines allow for better cooling capability with high flow.

ASV tells us that its undercarriage design allows for a lot of pushing power on steep inclines in slippery conditions suggesting that it would be a good piece of equipment for snow removal.  We know a lot of you, like us, will be skeptical since the weight dispersion from tracks often makes it harder to push wet, heavy snow.  Many people prefer snow tires on their skid steer to get as much downward force as possible on the rubber touching the pavement for maximum grip.

If you would like to learn more about the ASV RT-50, you can check it out at: