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Snowpusher Introduces Class-Exclusive Cushioned Sideplates for Safety, Efficiency
BURNSVILLE, Minn. (June 23, 2016) – The new UltraPusherTE from SnowWolf is the first skid steer snowpusher in the snow removal industry with cushioned sideplates that protect the operator, machine and attachment in the event of an inadvertent obstacle strikes at an angle.
Patent-pending urethane die springs make it possible for the UltraPusherTE’s sideplates to flex as much as 10 inches in or out depending on the direction of the strike. In addition to enhancing safety, the cushioning effect also protects the 3/8-inch-steel sideplates from bending. The result is equipment that does not require moldboard-to-sideplate support struts that cause material buildup in other pushers.
The UltraPusherTE also includes a 6-inch, high-carbon steel cutting edge, a 9-inch trip edge, floating sideplates for the ability to apply down pressure and protection in the event of a head-on obstacle strike, and automatic oscillation that keeps the cutting edge on the surface.
“The UltraPusherTE provides the highest degree of safety available in a skid steer snowpusher, but it’s more than that,” said SnowWolf Director and General Manager Mark Holman. “It also eliminates material accumulation in the box and provides an incredibly clean scrape, both of which enhance efficiency. With this equipment, snow removal contractors are gaining a biting edge in more ways than one.”
The UltraPusherTE’s cushioned sideplates are a SnowWolf exclusive that give the entire sideplate-cutting edge assembly a total of 20 inches of flex. The cushioning not only reduces or eliminates the force of impacts, but also keeps the sideplates from bending. To provide similar protection, many other skid steer box pusher attachments require sideplates made with much heavier material or strut supports between the inside of the sideplates and the front of the moldboard.
The no-strut design also addresses material buildup in the box, which is a significant issue with other snowpushers. When snow gets caught where struts meet the sideboards and moldboard, it disrupts easy rolling of snow. The machine winds up pushing more and more snow, which negatively impacts efficiency.
The UltraPusherTE also enhances snow rolling efficiency with its ultra-tight moldboard curvature that keeps snow “live.” Operators can push more snow with less fuel consumption than they could using a machine with the same horsepower that is equipped with an attachment that has less-than-optimal curvature.
A Biting Edge
SnowWolf manufactures the UltraPusherTE’s 6-inch steel cutting edge, which is an abrasion-resistant, durable and long-lasting material often used for equipment that will operate in high-impact applications.
The cutting edge sections are connected to 3-inch steel extensions to create a 9-inch, spring-loaded trip edge that provides maximum safety for operator, machine and attachment, and ample clearance for moving over and beyond the vast majority of obstacles.
“This is the same trip-edge technology we incorporated into our UltraPlow,” said SnowWolf President and Product Development Manager Jerry Holman. “It’s been tried-and-true for 20 years.”
Maintaining Surface Connection
The UltraPusherTE’s automatic oscillation system addresses the problem of one end of a snowpusher gouging into asphalt while the other end is leaving snow unplowed. The attachment pivots as much as 5 inches above and 5 inches below level position to provide consistent contact with the surface being cleared.
Floating sideplates also provide for more continuous surface contact, as well as superior protection for the operator, machine and attachment in head-on obstacle strikes.
Each sideplate is connected to the moldboard assembly with a bolt near the bottom that rotates. A second bolt extending from the moldboard assembly protrudes through a crescent-shaped cutout near the top of each sideplate. The UltraPusherTE also features AR400 high-carbon, high-strength steel sideplate shoes that are angled at the front.
When an operator hits something head on, like a curb, the angled sideplate shoes scrape the obstacle and lift. The sideplates pivot with the lower bolts as their axes, causing the sideplates to rotate upward. The entire sideplate-moldboard assembly rises over the obstacle, and both the attachment and the obstacle are unharmed.
The sideplate shoes fill another purpose, as well; their weight keeps the sideplates and cutting edge on the surface so the snowpusher follows the contours of the terrain.
“This equipment scrapes much cleaner than standard, rubber-edged pushers, which means better efficiency, less salt usage and a cleaner parking lot,” Jerry Holman said. The bottom line for the operator is that, if he inadvertently hits something head on or at an angle, the UltraPusherTE will protect him better than any other skid steer snowpusher available.”
The UltraPusherTE is backed by a 2-year warranty.
SnowWolf, a WolfDesign® company, is a family-owned snow removal equipment manufacturer based in Burnsville, Minn. The Holman family started SnowWolf in 1992 after working as landscaping, lawn care and snow removal contractors for many years. The company develops intelligently designed, professional-grade snow removal equipment such as straight plows, box pushers and snow blowers, attachments like its FastTach™ and WolfWings™ and accessories like its unique WolfPaws™ tires for skid steers. SnowWolf solutions make operations ranging from individual contractors to large fleets more efficient and profitable. In addition to developing innovative products, the company provides industry-leading customer care and service. More information: SnowWolf, 14311 Ewing Avenue, Burnsville, MN; 800-905-2265; 952-224-4430; firstname.lastname@example.org; and snowwolfplows.com.