Hints & Tips
The cold weather is forecast to last through into next week and businesses which keep going are remembered by their customers for years to come.
So here are two snow clearing machines made for businesses, industrial estates and local authorities which can keep you up and running through the bitter conditions.
First is the Stiga Snow Power Dual-Stage Self-Propelled Petrol Snow Blower, a really powerful, self-propelled snow blower which can clear large areas with the minimum of fuss.
The clearing width is 84 cm and it has an intake height of 61 cm so it is well fitted to deal with heavy snow falls.
The tough steel auger breaks down snow and ice and pushes it into the body of the machine.
The powerful auger then blasts it up to 12 metres away through the chute.
A 305 cc Briggs & Stratton engine is specially designed for the job, smooth running and easy to start even when it’s bitter.
It has six forward and two reverse gears with variomatic drive; and the snow chute rotates through 200 degrees to dump the stuff where you want it.
Pitch and direction can be adjusted from the driving position.
The working height of the snow blower is adjusted by front skid shoes depending on the underlying surface. And large wheels have deep tead tyres to give maximum traction.
You may want to clear snow during the early morning so there is a front headlight to allow for this.
This machine costs £2059 compared with the maker’s recommended retail price of £2359, delivery is free the next working day and there is a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
An even more powerful machine is the Stiga Pro 1581 HST Commercial Dual-Stage Snow Blower suitable for larger properties or business parks and larger health centres.
This machine is powered by a 420 cc Briggs & Stratton Pro Series engine designed to run in temperatures as low as -20F.
This has a 36 cm cast iron auger to break up the snow and ice and an impellor to break it down even more and blast it away.
It has a working width of 81 cm and an intake height of 50 cm and adjustable skid shoes mean you can set the machine up according to the underlying surface and the depth of the snow.
Hydrostatic transmission means you can control the speed very precisely via the six forward and two reverse gears. Again the snow chute is rotates through 200 degrees and is adjustable from the driving position.
The handles are adjustable to suit the operator and are heated. There is a powerful headlight and Arctic Track tyres for excellent grip and there is a waterproof cover supplied as well.
There is a one year maker’s guarantee and free next working day delivery and the machine costs £3069, over £300 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
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