Posted on 12/02/2020 at 11:31 AM by Crystal Harrison
Making use of your wheel loader this winter
If you own a wheel loader and want to extend its use throughout the year, consider utilizing it to clear snow! Winter provides an opportunity to use your wheel loader in your traditional offseason.
Before you get started, it is important to choose the right attachments to move the snow. There are many considerations when deciding which attachments to pair with your wheel loader for snow removal.
If you are thinking of using a bucket, make sure you have one appropriately sized for snow removal. Compared to other attachments, the standard bucket is not the ideal tool for this job as it lacks the optimal capacity to work with snow. Because of this, you will want to choose a wider, light-material bucket instead. This will speed up the job and improve your operator’s productivity. Snow buckets are best used for clearing a small area or loading a lot of snow, sand, or salt into a truck.
If you are fortunate to have a wide-open parking lot with big piles of snow, then a snow pusher is a good choice in terms of capacity. You can quickly push snow off parking lots at businesses, shopping malls and grocery stores. Snow pushers are very versatile; however, you cannot load items such as salt, sand, and snow.
If you are working in a set development or clearing roadways with light to heavy snowfall, then an angle blade can be more appropriate. You gain tremendous efficiency with angle plows because of their height and width, compared to buckets and snow pushers. An angle blade can give you versatility by maneuvering like a bucket or pushing/moving the snow.
A snow blower is also another option to consider. This attachment is great for light to heavy snowfall with small or large piles. It can be attached to the front of your wheel loader to throw snow off the roadway up to 30 feet! A snow blower is the best way to go for moving snow away from the edges of a surface.