Want To Turn Your Wheel Loader Into a Snow Plow? Here’s How
Looking to use your wheel loader year-round? Clearing snow can keep your machine productive and profitable months after construction season ends.
Before we dive in, step back and ask: How would a snow removal operation fit into your business? A wheel loader that’s dedicated to snow removal may be configured differently than one doing construction work for the rest of the year.
Think, too, about employees. Will they be the same people who do construction nine months of the year? Will you train a different crew for snow clearing all together?
Keep your answers in mind as you dive into snow clearing configurations. Here’s what to know if you’re considering using a wheel loader for snow removal this winter.
Pick The Right Snow Removal Equipment
The buckets that come standard on most wheel loaders are not a great fit for snow clearing. They’re usually too small and too narrow. Consider a bucket that’s wider and made from lighter material for added efficiency.
That said, where are you working? For a big, open parking lot, a snow pusher attachment will work best. Clearing narrower roadways? An angle blade may fit the bill. Want the best of both worlds? A v-blade offers flexibility to maneuver like a bucket and clear snow.
Just need to throw snow off the roadway? A snowblower, powered with its own engine, can prove effective.
And while you’re thinking of add-ons, look into lighting: A flasher or rotating beacon will boost safety and visibility if you might find yourself clearing at night.
Avoid Wheel Loader Winter Wear And Tear
If you can’t store your loader indoors between jobs, keep an eye out for snow and ice that accumulates on joints, hoses and other areas of the machine key to its functionality.
And, whether you have a day between snow jobs or a whole week, keep your fluids topped off. That includes diesel fuel and diesel exhaust fluid, too. This keeps the machine running smoothly in arctic-like conditions.
Need a wheel loader for snow removal before the next snowstorm? Check out our extensive lineup of wheel loaders in all sizes for a machine that will fit your business.
A wheel loader that’s dedicated to snow removal may be configured differently than one doing construction work for the rest of the year.