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Bobcat introduces rear camera kit
Bobcat has added a rear camera kit to its list of available options for skid-steer and compact track loaders. The kit – a 4.3-inch LCD color monitor with a LED backlit screen, wiring harness, mounts and a tailgate-mounted camera that offers a 118-degree horizontal viewing angle and an 89-degree vertical viewing angle – offers the operator a continuous rear view of the machine to prevent contact with obstacles that may damage the loader and its components. Specifically designed and developed for compact loaders, it's compatible with any M-Series or newer loader model.
Was going through some past research projects the other day and came across a truck survey we conducted nearly a decade ago. In 2009, snow contractors reported their fleet truck preference included Ford (68%), Chevrolet (48%), GMC (34%) and Dodge (22%). Do these numbers still hold true today nearly a decade later, or has there been a switch in the truck market?
Perhaps its time to update the research?
Pro-Tech unveils Fusion Edge Sno Pusher
Pro-Tech unveiled the Fusion Edge Sno Pusher, a new containment snow plow that features a combination steel and rubber cutting edge. This Sno Pusher is designed to give contractors a containment plow that provides incredible surface outcome, ease of use, and unparalleled durability.
The pusher’s main highlights focus around three main components:
Fusion Edge. Industry-first for containment snow plows, coming in 24-inch sections that consist of abrasion resistant steel embedded directly into a rubber cutting edge, allowing to both squeegee wet heavy snow (rubber) and scrape pesky hard-packed snow (steel). Built for longevity, the edge averages between 350 – 500 hours of heavy use before needing to be replaced.
Pro-Float Coupler. New design floats vertically, horizontally, and even oscillates, allowing the edge to contour to surface irregularities and variations. Built using a robust “minimalistic” design, resulting in no speed or stacking limitations and allowing for easy maintenance if required.
Fast Attack Shoe. Modeled after Pro-Tech’s Self-Leveling Shoes, this shoe is designed for 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.
SnowEx reveals Drop Pro 600 Spreader
The SnowEx Drop Pro 600 drop spreader features an intuitive variable-speed digital control with minimal wiring for simple installation and allows for precise adjustment of the spreader’s material feed rate, letting the operator drop only the amount of material necessary for the job. With a 6-cubic-foot material capacity and a 36-inch spread width, the drop spreader offers controlled application of bagged ice melters and bulk rock salt, making it the ultimate sidewalk spreading solution for use with UTVs, tractors and other compact vehicles. For more, check out snowexproducts.com.