Monthly Archives: October 2019

Calm Before Halloween Cold & Snow: Plower Forecast 10/21/19

10/21/19 Weather Map from Neoweather

Brian Ivey from Neoweather is forecasting a short period of some relatively calm weather this week and into the weekend before a potentially large system of cold and snow smacks the Midwest next week around Halloween. The month of October has delivered warmer weather across portions of the Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic, while the Northwest and into the northern plains has seen quite the opposite. As you know a few snow storms have already hit Montana and North Dakota, as well as portions of the Northwest and Rockies.

10/21/19 Snow Plower Forecast

The excitement this week kicks off with a system in the Great Lakes area that is bringing high winds and rain that will be moving through the Northeast and then up into New England. No snow here, just cold and rain with extremely high winds.

Wednesday and Thursday are relatively quiet across most of the country – just as Neoweather forecasted last week. The one exception is cold air in the middle of the country coming down from Canada into the Rockies. However, there is no real snowfall expected with this front. As the week goes on, Neoweather has high confidence of the Northwest cold air continuing over the next 10 days while the Southeast stays warm like it has been all of October. There aren’t any super systems moving through the South, just some rain that will help bust up droughts.

10/21/19 Weather Map from Neoweather
10/21/19 Weather Map from Neoweather

Around Halloween the quiet weather looks like it will be coming to an end as a big trough of low pressure with some ridging will likely bring a huge storm system to the Midwest. This will bring the chance of snowflakes further south and east than we’ve seen yet this year. Make sure you watch this area closely if you service these areas so you are prepared!

If you want all the weather details that you need to make good snow and ice management decisions, be sure to subscribe to a private forecasting service like Neoweather instead of relying on generic weather apps. Neoweather’s custom forecasts will give you all the details you need for YOUR service area. If you sign up before the end of November and mention that you saw them in Snow Plow News, you can get 20% off your first month of service!

Neoweather – Better Tools from Better Geeks

Neoweather's hard working team

Neoweather is a popular choice for customized, private forecasting services built specifically around the details that snow and ice management professionals need to know. But what makes their services valuable? Check the top three ways they help snow contractors more than generic weather apps!

What makes Neoweather valuable to snow contractors

1. Neoweather is listening to snow contractors and constantly adjusting to YOUR needs.

Customer service is huge for the Neoweather team. They focus on YOUR industry and are listening to feedback from snow contractor clients. They invest a lot of time into enhancing their services to make the information better, more accessible and to fix anything necessary. Each year they fix things that their team and customers don’t like. They are always working to make their services more user friendly. In fact, they have a new dashboard rolling out soon for clients to log in and get all their customized forecast information online with ease.

2. They take a personalized approach to weather.

This might be where Neoweather stands out the most. They make it a priority to provide individual support in a close knit environment that can never be replicated by large, global weather services and apps. Simply put, Neoweather is experienced and fully invested in the snow and ice management industry. They know what factors are important to YOU for making good staffing, equipment and product decisions for YOUR business and YOUR specific service areas.

3. Neoweather’s small team is ultra-dedicated to weather!

Global forecasters and meteorologists have huge staffs and an anonymous audience. They don’t talk directly with their customers like we do. They don’t truly understand your business. They can’t! They are too big. Neoweather’s team is hard working with an enormous passion for weather and personalized service. They love going to trade shows and other events to build relationships with their customers. That’s one of the ways they can keep on top of new ideas and services to help snow contractors. “We geek out with talking about snow and ice,” says Brian Ivey from Neoweather. Their team realizes the impact snow and ice has on businesses so they find their work very fulfilling to be able to be so helpful to clients.

Neoweather's hard working team
Neoweather’s team is hard working and passionate about weather!

Looking for accurate weather information to help make better decisions for your business? Consider Neoweather’s private forecasting services. They provide custom forecasts and reporting that focuses specifically on the snow and ice management industry. They also focus specifically on your service areas, not just on large metropolitan markets.

Synatech Stores Product for Free to Make Buying Easier!

Synatek offers Shelter Inventory Solution for buying ice melt products

Synatech Solutions has a fantastic option to allow you to purchase products in advance at lower rates, then keep it safely stored for free with no hassle until you need it. That’s right, their Shelter Inventory Solution includes storing your pre-purchased de-icing products for free until March 31st of the following year. Take advantage of buying your ice melt products in January for current year prices, and Synatech pays to store the product until you need it through March!

Synatech Solutions sells a lot of different products for ice management, including Safe Paw, Snow Glo, Alpha Melt, Ally, Magnify, Traction Magic, Response, Secure and their popular Chloride Free Entry ice melt solution. Entry is the first 100% chloride free de-icer that melts snow and ice in as little as 30 seconds, while you watch! Entry outperforms granular chloride salts for no additional cost. SynaTek products balance human safety demands with an equal focus on impact ice melt products can have on the environment. They are continuously improving existing ice management products while also exploring, testing and formulating new technologies. The result? You can trust Synatech Solutions products to be dependable and innovative while remaining safe for your family, pets, coworkers and the environment.

Synatek offers Shelter Inventory Solution for buying ice melt products
Synatek offers Shelter Inventory Solution for buying ice melt products

One of the burdens of purchasing products in advance is the space required to safely store them so moisture doesn’t get at them. Synatech helps with that issue by providing free storage after purchase. Don’t wait until prices go up to buy your ice melt products, buy in January when prices are at their very best and take advantage of this great deal!

Fluid Film is Rust’s Worst Enemy!

Fluid Film Rust Protection comes in many sizes

Protect your snow equipment from rust and keep it working and looking much better over the years with Fluid File rust and corrosion protection. This stuff works! You can buy it in many sizes. Try it and see for yourself!

Fluid Film Rust & Corrosion Protection really does work!

Powerful Corrosion Prevention

Fluid Film is a unique lanolin-based brand of corrosion preventive and lubricant made by Eureka. It is insanely popular in the snow and ice management industry and used worldwide. It protects all metals from rust and corrosion and is also a superior lubricant for all moving parts. It’s long lasting and completely solvent free, non-toxic and non-hazardous.

Fluid Film is made from specially processed wool-wax, highly refined petroleum oils and selected agents to provide corrosion control, penetration, metal wetting and water displacement. These long lasting products contain no solvents, will not dry out and will penetrate to the base of all metals, providing corrosion protection from both natural and industrial atmospheres. It is a phenomenal product that can help snow and ice equipment combat rust and corrosive effects caused by ice melt and other de-icing solutions. In addition, heavily corroded and/or frozen parts such as nuts, bolts, and shafts can be salvaged by applying fluid film.

Fluid Film Rust Protection comes in many sizes
Fluid Film Rust Protection comes in many sizes

Fluid Film is a long term solution that penetrates metal for matched rust and corrosion control with non-drying properties for outstanding lubrication as well. Spray or brush it on metal for a durable and continuous protective barrier that won’t harm painted or plastic surfaces. It also provides excellent water proofing with “no drip” bonding properties. Fluid Film penetrates right through rust, stopping all metal deterioration on contact.

Available sizes for Fluid Film:

  • Hand Pumps
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Brush Cans
  • One Gallon Cans
  • 5 Gallon Buckets
  • 55 Gallon Drums

Test out Fluid Film for yourself and see if it lives up to all the hype. We think you’d find that it’s the rust and corrosion solution you’ve been looking for in our snow and ice world!

The Best Snow Push Box on the Planet?

Pro-Tech Fusion Edge SnoPusher

If you are looking for a truly innovative and effective snow pusher design, the Pro-Tech Fusion Edge is hard to beat. The Fusion Edge Sno Pusher is a sectional push box that gives you BOTH a steel edge for incredible surface outcomes AND a rubber edge for ease of use. Everyone is talking about these! It gives you the perfect combination of durability and performance all at a reasonable price.

The Fusion Edge has been tested in harsh upstate New York winters for more than three years and stood up to the hype it’s receiving. It features the first combination cutting edge, wear shoe, and coupler design in the industry. Put this snow pusher on a loader, compact wheel loader, backhoe, skid steer or compact tractor and experience phenomenal results! It comes in 10 to 16 foot widths.

What’s Better? Rubber Edge or Steel Edge Snow Pushers?

That’s the ongoing debate, right? Well forgetdaboutit! The Fusion gives you the benefits of both! The steel infused-rubber cutting edge will cleanly move heavy, wet snow and also scrape hard-packed snow that requires less flex. The Fusion Edge also comes in 24 inch sections instead of one long edge so you can easily replace sections if needed. It’s ultra durable and is rated to provide 350 to 500 hours of heavy snow plowing. Both sides of the pusher plow have steel edges so you can quickly flip and keep plowing if one side wears down. The Fusion Edge is also built with a trip edge to keep you from getting hard impact damage when hitting obstacles.

Pro-Tech Fusion Edge SnoPusher
Pro-Tech Fusion Edge SnoPusher

The Fusion Edge has other unique features that shouldn’t be overlooked. For example, many sectional snow pushers have floating couplers for better surface contour and control. However, those couplers usually only move up and down. The Fusion has a Pro Float coupler that not only moves up and down but also sideways, and it also oscillates. This additional movement allows the plow to freely float without obstruction, giving you a much cleaner surface.

Adjusting snow shoes on the Fusion Edge is much easier than on other push boxes too. Instead of loosening bolts, shifting long pieces of rubber into the best position, then tightening bolts, the Fusion Edge shoe shoes just require simply pulling a pin on each shoe, adjusting the height, then reinserting the pin. This “Fast Attack Shoe” is also based on Pro-Tech’s Self-Leveling Shoe design, which helps the operator maintain a level plowing position at all times.

Want to learn more about Pro-Tech or The Fusion Edge sectional snow pusher? Check them out online today!

UTV + Plow + Spreader = A Winter Crushing Machine!

UTV plow and spreader from Sno-Way

UTVs hit the market as outstanding snow removal machines about 4-5 years ago. Since that time, Sno-Way has become a front runner by creating effective solutions to work with these machines. Check out their UTV Flared V Plow and salt spreader system. It’s a small plow with a big appetite for snow!

Sno-Way UTV Flared V Plow and Salt Spreader

Sno-Way’s UTV plow and spreader combination replaces the need to do things manually with a walk-behind snow blower and spreading salt on foot. Now you can clear snow and spread ice melt evenly all at once going 5+ miles per hour, drastically reducing your labor time and expenses. Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks and small spaces has never been easier and more effective!

What Makes Sno-Way’s UTV Plow Special?

Snow clearance is vital with UTV plows since they are already lower to the ground than full size trucks. Sno-Way knows this and does it right! Their UTV plow has a mounting system that tucks up underneath the UTV so you don’t reduce your ground clearance. Their mounting system also goes on and off with total ease and the plow is mounted close to the UTV so the extra weight out in front doesn’t require a support system to keep it high enough. The experts at Sno-Way know the issues that UTV plow drivers face and they’ve moved those issues to the forefront of their design specs.

UTV plow and spreader from Sno-Way
UTV plow and spreader from Sno-Way

Mounts are available for many brands of UTVs and the Sno-Way UTV plow is designed to work with a wireless control to reduce connectors even further. The less connectors the better in snow and ice! The flares are easy to adjust to different sizes. In the straight setting, the width is 72.5 inches. At scoop (with the flares forward all the way), it’s at 61 inches wide. When set at the maximum angle the snow plowed path is 64 inches, and in the V position the width is 67 inches. The wings are controlled by hydraulics when they go out, with a quick spring return. This plow also has a 32 inch lift.

Interested in learning more about Sno-Way and their UTV plow and spreader system? Check them out online!

The KAGE 2-in-1 Snowfire Snow Plow Box System Rocks!

Need to switch from a regular skid steer plow to a box plow in a hurry? The KAGE Snowfire Snow Plow Box System has a heavy duty design that simply involves lifting up the box plow section so it fits over the snow plow to make it a pusher instead. It’s fast, easy and doesn’t require any pins, bolts, or hinges. It also doesn’t have any wires or hydraulics that can break or get jammed.

Interchangeable Snow Plow and Pusher System by Kage

The KAGE system reduces plowing frustrations and hassles. Snow plow drivers can windrow or backdrag with the plow normally, then grab the SNOWKAGE box with their skid steer or compact wheel loader to push out their snow piles and windrows. Then they can go back to plowing in a snap after putting the SNOWKAGE box back down, all without leaving the cab.

Reduce Plowing Times By 25-50 Percent

Even though you will be able to plow areas faster, you won’t compromise the quality. The cutting edge and trip edge of your plow still works as you would expect it to with the KAGE box attached. You will always be scraping down to the surface in each pass. The shoes of the SNOWKAGE won’t hinder your scraping ability.

KAGE Snowfire Snow Plow Box System for skid steers and compact wheel loaders
KAGE Snowfire Snow Plow Box System for skid steers and compact wheel loaders

You can even continue to use the angle function of your plow when you are pushing. This gives you a huge advantage over most snow pushers because you can maneuver corners and turns without losing half your snow load!

The KAGE system is a beast during snow stacking and clean up too. It can stack snow higher and faster than a traditional pusher or bucket because it you will have more reach and you don’t have to dump. With the versatility of quickly adding or removing the box just by picking it up or setting it down, clean up is easy! It doesn’t matter whether it’s heavy snow, large open areas, or curb clean up details – the SNOWKAGE gives you seamless flexibility!

Nor’easter on the Way: Plower Forecast 10/15/19

10/15/19 Forecast - Cold weather follows the rain

Meteorologist Brian Ivey of Neoweather forecasts that some of the dryer weather we’ve been seeing in the Ohio Valley and South is likely to come to an end this week as a low pressure system moves across the United States. Portions of Texas, the Midwest and Southeast have been dry over the past couple of months. But that will change on the East Coast as a drought buster builds up in the South from a batch of rain that heads over Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia to hit a coastal low pressure system that will help rain head up the coast to form a classic Nor’easter this week.

10/15/19 Plower Forecast Video

Rain and wind will hit the Northeast, especially Boston and into Portland, Maine. Hold on to your hats because it will be gusty and cold for a few days after the rain moves through. The cold air coming across the Ohio Valley hits the warm ocean air moving north to form excessive moisture and activity across the Great Lakes into New England.

After this front moves through it will be a relatively calm and quiet weekend in most of the U.S., especially in the Midwest and Central areas. The Northwest areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana are the exception and they will continue to see cold, rain, and some snow through the weekend.

10/15/19 Forecast - Cold weather follows the rain
10/15/19 Forecast – Cold weather follows the rain across the Eastern half of the country.

Early next week we’ll see wide spread rain across the eastern half of the United States. Everywhere east of the Mississippi River will be rainy starting Monday. It’s important to keep an eye on that system as it moves up into New England because portions of Ontario may see some snow.

After the rain moves through next week, we’ll see much colder temperatures settle into the areas that were hit by rain.

Looking for specific weather forecasts for YOUR snow removal service area? Rely on a private weather forecasting service like Neoweather to make sure you know the key factors needed to make wise business decisions about when and where you deploy your team and snow management equipment.

Fast & Accurate Measuring Tool for Snow Removal

Go iLawn measuring service sample map for snow contractors

Looking for a faster way to measure parking lots, driveways and sidewalks? Check out Go iLawn for a super simple property measuring and bidding tool. Go iLawn combines high resolution photographs, measuring tools and updated property information in one easy-to-use application. Save time and money by getting accurate measurements for bids from the convenience of your office! How does it work? Just enter an address, business name or street intersection to locate a property and Go iLawn will return a property photo to you. Then, with a few clicks of the mouse you can measure any outdoor surface on the property. Save all of your measurements to an Excel spreadsheet and property photos as jpeg files to your computer.

Go iLawn Property Measuring Service for Snow Contractors

Go iLawn uses high resolution aerial photography (taken from a plane). Their photos are clearer than a standard satellite photos because they are taken much closer to the earth with a high resolution camera. Plus, most images are taken after the leaves have fallen off of the trees so tree canopies don’t obstruct the view of the surface you need to measure. They have 100% coverage of the U.S. and Canada, so no property is left out! The age of the photos varies by county. Typically aerial photos are taken per county request.

You can measure any outdoor surface for any property type on Go iLawn with their simple measuring tools. They have several easy-to-use tools to help you measure property features like sidewalks, obstacles, ramps, parking spaces etc. There are also annotation tools to help you call out property features or make important notes. You can zoom in close to plan your routes and equipment before you ever see the property in person!

Go iLawn measuring service sample map for snow contractors

How is Go iLawn Different from Google Maps?

It may seem like Google Maps is similar to Go iLawn for measuring properties, but there are many differences.

  1. Go iLawn images are taken from an airplane and Google’s photos are taken from a satellite image. This makes for a dramatic difference in the quality and view of the property. For example, images taken in winter show more of a property because leaf coverage is reduced. Also, high resolution cameras take much better images that you can zoom way in on that satellites.
  2. Powerful measuring tools come with Go iLawn. Go iLawn’s Drawing Tools, Groups, and Data Preservation are powerful tools to help turn the Pictures you look at into Data you use to build a Systems-Driven company. We don’t know of ANY other system that gives you this power to build a data-based model of your jobs.
  3. Customer support. Google isn’t meant to be used for measuring, so good luck getting help from them for that purpose. Go iLawn is supported by experienced professionals and training is included too.
  4. Many more differences… include closer zooming for more accuracy with Go iLawn, multiple views are available of a job site, and in a nutshell – it’s specifically made for the purpose of measuring properties to give estimates!

Go iLawn gives you something you don’t get anywhere else because of the unique way it combines mapping, drawing, displaying, and saving capabilities.

Do the Math – Private Weather Forecasting Pays Off!

Sample of a NEOCast Weather Alert - Private Weather Forecasting Service from NeoWeather

Are you using a private weather forecasting service to help make sound decisions for your snow removal business? If not, it’s time to think about it and do the math! Will the Welder from Xtreme Fabrication talks about his years of experience and how private weather forecasting in our industry pays off. Check it out:

Will the Welder encourages snow contractors to subscribe to a private weather forecasting service.

Like Will says, if you can get private forecasting services for about $300 or so per month even as a small snow contractor, it pays off quickly! Having pinpointed locations and times of exact snowfall from forecasters that are familiar with your industry’s concerns is invaluable. If you deploy your team and equipment two hours early based on weather apps or the National Weather Service’s general forecasts for your market, you’ve just spent hundreds of dollars on guys, fuel and trucks getting to a site too early. The more accurate the forecasts are that you receive, the more you can streamline your business and make money.

How many times have you stocked up on salt and scheduled staff for a snow storm that was only flurries or worse yet – didn’t happen at all?? Generalized weather forecasts simply can’t pinpoint which side of town you should be on and when. Their job is to forecast overall numbers for a population with vast interests in a large region. They simply can’t focus on precise locations and details like blowing and drifting, and moisture levels that would determine your choice of exact timing, materials and equipment. And you’ll never see them admit a “forecast confidence” range as private forecasters like Neoweather do. That’s because Neoweather wants to give you ALL the details to make economically sound decisions for your snow business.

What Do You Get with Private Weather Forecasting?

Neoweather provides several reports to customer every week focusing on their specific service area(s). First, a weekly forecast gives you a glance at what you can expect for the upcoming week. Also included are temperature & precipitation trends and any other pertinent weather information that we are watching. Next, when there is something cooking up you’ll receive the “NEO Firstlook” about 2-3 days prior to an event impacting your area. That will give you a first look at important data points such as start/stop times, snow/ice forecast, a snowfall map, our exclusive ThreatNet and more. They also get a Forecast Breakdown detailing all the information you need to know about an upcoming event: start/stop times, snow/ice forecast, a snowfall map, confidence level, Neoweather’s exclusive ThreatNet.

Sample of a NEOCast Weather Alert - Private Weather Forecasting Service from NeoWeather

During lower impact snow events, Neoweather customers receive a NEOCast Weather Alert for a quick glance at important details like start/stop times, snow/ice potential and additional information. This is for snowfall under 2 inches, a light icing event or mixed precipitation event. In addition, NEO Totals Powered by Weather Command brings you certified third party snow and ice reports within 72 hours of an event all in a convenient online dashboard you can access 24/7. 

Partner with Neoweather this winter season and you may save money after even juse ONE missed forecast from your previous weather source!