Snow+Ice Management

SIMA wraps up in Montreal, heads to Cleveland in 2018

June 27, 2017By

As half the U.S. survived a blistering heat wave last week, the Snow & Ice Association (SIMA) escaped to The Palais des congrès de Montréal June 20-23 to discuss the white stuff. The Canadians welcomed SIMA’s 20th annual Snow & Ice Symposium with open arms. It was the first time the association’s trade show and educational seminar visited Canada; 51... read more

SnowEx launches hopper spreader lineup

June 21, 2017By

SnowEx released its lineup of V-Maxx G2 hopper spreaders. The V-Maxx G2 lineup includes eight different V-box models, ranging in capacity from 1.5 to 6.0 cubic yards. Designed for use with full-size pickups, flatbed trucks or dump-bed trucks, each spreader has a polyethylene-constructed, multi-angled material hopper that helps provide a continuous flow of material to a heavy-duty auger drive. An... read more

Boss intros skid-steer-based salting system

June 20, 2017By

Boss Snowplow released its QuickCube System, a new skid-steer-based salting system. The QuickCube System uses weather-proof, poly cubes (hoppers) that can be filled with solid deicing materials and staged at job sites in advance of wintry weather. The filled cubes will replace the need for remote salt piles, tarps and temporary salt shelters. The cubes can be stacked and are... read more

How site mapping can improve efficiency

June 5, 2017By

Kevin Shackleford’s site mapping and marking system places his plow crews ahead of the game when the snow starts to fall. When Winter Storm Jonas dropped several feet of snow throughout the eastern U.S. in January 2016, Kevin Shackleford’s plow crews had their work cut out for them. Fortunately, Shackleford, owner of Shackleford Landscape Group based in Bear, Del., had... read more

SnowEx unveils new halogen headlamps

May 18, 2017By

SnowEx released its Storm Seeker halogen headlamps. Replacing SnowEx’s previous single-cavity headlamp, the Storm Seeker uses H9/H11 bulbs. The low beams are 17 percent brighter and 6 percent wider, and high beams are 36 percent brighter and illuminate 35 percent farther, SnowEx said. Additionally, the headlamp casing is 3 to 3.5 inches less deep than the previous lamp design. The Storm Seeker headlamps... read more

The year-round snow business

May 12, 2017By

“There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” – Morpheus, The Matrix I’ll just say it. Every snow business should be a year-round snow business—a “snow-only” business, if you will. I believe that with all of my heart. Let me explain. To be performed optimally, the professional snow and ice management business (snow business, for short)... read more