Plowing and piling snow
may seem like the easiest and cheapest way of solving a snow
handling problem, but it's not. the indirect costs are the real
Snow piles can reduce a
parking area by 25% or more. Just compare the loss of income
to store owners who rely on those parking spaces for income over
the winter months.
A less obvious, but possibly
more damaging cost is the spring repair to a parking lot surface.
A partially frozen pile of snow can exert hundreds of pounds
of pressure per square foot. This pressure results in the compaction
of the fill under the blacktop creating cracks, dents and potholes.
It is possible to do tens of thousands of dollars damage to a
larger lot in just one winter.
truck it away ...
It is true that trucking
snow can solve the problem of lot space and damage, but at what
Trucking is not cheap.
To truck snow away, trucks, high lift loaders, plows, personnel,
coordination, dumping locations and dumping permits are needed.
is the solution?
The Buffalo Snow Melter
allows a plow operator to start the unit, and plow directly into
it. The snow is then melted and will run down the storm sewer
where it would end up anyway at the first spring thaw. Depending
on the size of the lot, and inches of snow, it is possible to
amortize a Buffalo Snow Melter in just a couple of winters.