Monthly Archives: September 2019

Snow Equipment Auction on Oct. 12th in Illinois

Snow Equipment Auction 10/12/19

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

9/17 Snow Plowers Forcast

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

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:

Buyers Products has an “Insane Selection of Lights”

Buyers Products Amber Light Bar

Will Fries at Xtreme Fab shows off a small sample of lights you can get from Buyers Products.

To keep people safe, most snow contractors install amber lights so people can easily see where you are at work.  And where is a good place to find amber lights for safety?

If you go to the lights page on the Buyers Products website, you are going to find over 100 different options for various lighting needs.  You will find DOT lights, snow plow lights, and of course, the amber safety lights that are going to be the right addition to your rig.

Buyers Products Amber Light Bar

While you are at it, you can also check out Buyers’ options for flood lights and spotlights, which come in handy while working in the middle of the night.  Eye fatigue from working all those hours in the dark with poor lighting can leave you physically and mentally exhausted, so make sure you are using as much light as you can.

One of the benefits of Buyers, and the industry’s, move to LED lights is you can really trip out your rig without putting much of a dent in your electrical draw.  The hydraulics on your plow take a lot of power, so it is nice to know your lights won’t be a burden on your battery.  High quality LED lights will also last a lot longer than the older bulb styles, saving you money in the long run.

Why is Snow Plow News the Place for Your Snow Plow Research?

Snow Plow News is not only the leading digital news source for the Snow and Ice Industry, we also offer research tools no one else has.

One of our most popular tools is a snow plow comparison that works across brands.  Sure, some of the manufacturers have a plow comparison for their own plows, but there is no where else that you can get a comparison between a Western, Fisher, and Boss plow on a single screen in front of you.

On our news feed, you can see the latest products revealed at the SIMA and NTEA shows plus products that are introduced between shows.  You can also find other important industry announcements, keeping you up to date on what is going on.

Ever have a hard time finding a dealer?  Tired of going to multiple places to look-up dealers for different product lines?  We have a snow plow dealer look-up tool that includes dealers for all of the major brands.

You can also check out our weekly forecasts and use a tool that will tell you about what kind of snow to expect.  Do you want to look-up snow storms coming your way that will be over 2” without getting the small storms making the results muddy?  You can get that information about halfway down our winter forecasts page.

There is a reason we have over 50,000 people following Snow Plow News.  Snow Plow News is run by folks who have been in the industry for decades.  We love the ice and snow industry, and that makes all the difference in the world.

Labor Day = Order Your Snow & Ice Removal Equipment

Sno-Way 26V Snow Plow for 1/2 ton trucks
Bonnell Plows mounted on a truck

It’s Labor Day, and that means, its time for you to order your equipment. Why is September the right time of year to order your equipment?

Sno-Way 26V Snow Plow for 1/2 ton trucks
  1. Most of your season contracts should be signed by now, or if not signed, you should know pretty well by now who will sign. With an estimated amount of business, you can review your equipment list and determine what needs to be replaced and what you need to add to your line-up.
  2. It’s a lot easier to inspect your equipment when its warm out. Some of you might say “I can do it in my shop,” but inspecting your equipment in full sun can reveal small issues that will get worse during the plowing season, issues that are harder to see with less light but are found easily in full sun.
  3. Some of the best deals (such as this snow plow sale for up to $1000 off a v-plow that fits a 1/2 ton truck) are found this time of year. The manufacturers want to offload the inventory they have built up all year and they don’t want you to choose “those other guys.”
  4. October Snow Storms do happen. You can’t afford to wait until October because by the time you realize an early snow is coming, you will get stuck at the back of the line during one of the busiest install periods of the year.
  5. You are guaranteed to get what you want this time of year. Snow Plow manufacturers often have their manufacturing schedule for the snow season locked up around September or October (and some even earlier). If you go shopping for equipment in December, your options may be limited. Have you ever tried to buy a replacement plow in January during a heavy winter? If you have, you know exactly what I mean. The pickin’s are slim and the prices are not always flexible.
  6. Most of the big contractors plan their equipment order in September. Why should you care? Most big contractors didn’t become big by accident. They have a carefully crafted schedule of what they do each month of the year and, they know getting their ducks in a row in September makes good business sense.
  7. Your SIMA says so. If you are a member of SIMA, you can open up your guide that tells you what to do when during the year, and guess what starts to happen in September? That’s right, equipment purchases.
SaltDogg MDS Series Salt Spreader mounted on a truck