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The EVolution allows for precise placement with its advanced in-cab controller that lets drivers select from one to three lanes of coverage and six spread pattern options, making it easy to place materials in exact locations and keep salt on the road and out of the soil and waterways.
For optimal performance and cost savings, the EVolution is capable of producing a 70:30 granular to liquid pre-wet ratio, which is a ratio of 65 gallons per cubic yard of salt. The super-saturated mixture is optimal for melting ice fast to keep roads safe while dramatically reducing salt loss.
The EVolution Spreader features come together to provide a material savings of 35 percent or more. As salt, labor and other costs rise, this spreader will deliver costs savings year after year.
The innovative control system allows drivers to select from six different lane combinations (right, left, center, right center, left center and all lanes). It also has advanced performance features, including:
• Backlit push buttons and knobs for easy calibration and spreading accuracy
• CAN bus connection on in-cab controller
• Driver menu
• Password protected service and supervisor menus
• Download of spreading data via UBS
• Rapid unload function
• Built-in control of work and warning lights
• Mounting hardware included
"The sooner we all find and secure a salt deal to meet our needs the better off we will be going into winter, negotiating contracts and sharing this process with the end user -- our clients. I strongly urge you to educate yourself and educate your clients” on the process of procuring salt. Knowledge is always powerful and helpful." -- Troy Clogg
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Well folks, here we go again.
Everything I am hearing is that this is going to be one hell of year for salt pricing. I have spoken with a number of people who are telling me that the government bids essentially came out at or above last year’s contractor preseason pricing.
That’s right, the government bids are higher than what you paid per ton at the beginning of the last.
A few years ago, when the entire country was inundated with snow, virtually every salt bin (contractor and governmental) was empty. We knew from the beginning we were in trouble going into the next season.
This season, though, it only seems that contractor salt bins are empty. I had reports from across the country that governmental bins were still stocked and still being supplied up to the end of the season.
So, what does this mean?
Really, I’m not sure. Perhaps the salt companies are trying to recoup losses they had from cheap municipal pricing that played out due to the extended season. Perhaps they incurred increased expenses due to the expanded season and need to cover costs. Perhaps, as many will speculate, the salt companies are just screwing everyone.
Personally, I am not sure the reason why matters right now for the short term. So, here is my recommendation: Never have government bids gone out and the contractor pricing ends up lower. With bid pricing ranging from the low $60 per ton to the high $80 per ton for the government, expect the contractor pricing to be set accordingly. Depending on the state you could see $80’s to low $100 per ton for your initial pricing.
Start talking with your salt suppliers now. Talk with more than one of them. Get bids now. Commit as soon as possible, then take delivery as soon as you can.
Kevin Gilbride is Executive Director of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association. (ASCA) You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This new Sno Pusher is designed to give customers a containment plow that provides incredible surface outcome, ease of use, and unparalleled durability.
The Fusion Edge Sno Pusher’s main highlights focus around three main components: the Fusion Edge, Pro Float Coupler, and Fast Attack Shoes.
The Fusion Edge is an industry-first for containment snow plows, coming in 24” sections that consist of abrasion resistant steel embedded directly into a rubber cutting edge. Both steel and rubber compounds were designed specifically for use with a snow plow and are exclusive to Pro-Tech. The Fusion Edge Sno Pusher allows customers to both squeegee wet heavy snow (rubber) and scrape pesky hard-packed snow (steel). Steel is fused into both sides of the edge, meaning that when one side is worn, customers simply flip the edge and continue to plow. Built for extreme longevity, the Fusion Edge averages between 350-500 hours of heavy use before needing to be replaced. The short sections of the Fusion Edge (24”) minimize maintenance time if one needs to be replaced.
The Fusion Edge Sno Pusher also introduces a new type of coupler design to the industry. The Pro-Float Coupler floats vertically, horizontally, and even oscillates. This feature allows the edge to contour to surface irregularities and variations. The Pro-Float Coupler is built using a very robust “minimalistic” design, resulting in no speed or stacking limitations and allowing for easy maintenance if required. Customers are also not married to just one style of machine. The Pro-Float Coupler’s bolt-on design gives customers the ability to easy swap out connection types. Available options include but are not limited to CAT Fusion, CAT IT, JRB, Euro, Universal, and Pro-Tech’s post style.
The Fast Attack Shoe is designed to help improve plow performance and decrease maintenance. The shoes work in tandem with the Fusion Edge. Cutting edge depth is now made at the shoes instead of along the entire length of the edge, which is common with most snow pushers. A simple pull and reset of the shoe pin is all that is needed to achieve the optimal attack position. This feature also makes it easy to adjust the plow edge as it wears. The Fast Attack Shoes are also modeled after Pro-Tech’s Self-Leveling Shoes, which are designed to help operators maintain a level plowing position. Made with through-hardened, impact and abrasion resistant steel; the Fast Attack Shoes provide customers with consistent wear and longevity.
The executive management at Pro-Tech is excited about the Fusion Edge Sno Pusher and its possibilities for the snow and ice management industry. “The product development of the Fusion was rigorous and included a tremendous amount of customer feedback and testing,” says Pro-Tech President Michael Guggino. “The majority of plowing professionals we spoke with said they want improved surface outcome, durability, and ease of use. We strongly feel that the Fusion Edge Sno Pusher is the perfect balance of what these businesses want from a containment plow.”
The Fusion Edge Sno Pusher is backed by the Pro-Tech 10 Year Warranty.