Snow

Alpine Services purchased the first of its large snow blowers in 2003.  It was the first privately owned large blower in Maryland.  Large-scale snow blowing is proven to be the best method to move large amounts of snow fast and economically; from blowing piles of snow over fences and away from dumping areas, to clearing deep snow from highway shoulders, to cutting drifts, and reducing haul distances for trucks that are moving snow out of other areas, the concept of using big blowers to move snow up to 200’ for storage or melting, into areas that are otherwise not available, is now proven to be the desirable method to use.

Alpine’s overall concept provides big blowers that are “at the ready” to move out with a minimum time for mobilization; each blower has its own lowboy trailer plus service trucks that carry extra parts, people, fuel, etc.  The trucks and blowers can be dispatched before an anticipated storm, or, if the roads permit, after a storm to deliver the blowers to the area of need; usage is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please examine the following areas where big blowers prove their worth and save money for their clients

Highway shoulders


Truck-mounted plows have no place to plow snow once the shoulders are filled.  Wheel loaders are slow when miles of roads must be addressed.  Our blowers effectively cut about 6’ wide and up to 6’ deep in one pass, freeing the shoulder to receive more snow that may be plowed onto it from the roadway.  The snow can be deposited next to the road or anywhere else up to 200’ away, permitting any amount of snow to be removed from shoulders.  The most cost effective depths on the shoulder are 8-12” deep.  This depth keeps the plows operating at their most efficient speeds and gives the best road conditions.

Highway ramps

Cloverleafs and ramps are an excellent place to stack snow.  The snow may be hauled to the closest ramp or cloverleaf and the big blower can deposit the snow in the middle of the cloverleaf.  This may save miles of hauling if snow must be hauled from distant sites. Ramps and cloverleafs have adequate drainage and it does not usually matter how long it takes the snow to melt; the pile is out of everyone’s way.

Snow stacking

Situations exist where snow must be hauled from congested areas.  The hauled snow may be deposited on parking lots or any hard surfaced area that is near fields, woods, lakes, etc.  The big snow blowers can move the snow up to 200’ which allows the receiving parking lots to be cleared any number of times, which greatly improves the efficiency of the hauling operations, i.e., the dumping area never fills, it is always available.  The snow may be deposited or stacked in whatever adjacent area is deemed appropriate.

Economics

Everyone must count money and must justify the use, or non-use, of efficient equipment.  When considering the use of big blowers, fortunately the most efficient method of moving large amounts of snow is also the least expensive.  Time studies done on actual operations (provided upon request) show that blowing snow is 1/7 the cost of hauling snow.  This number does not include issues regarding quicker times for clearing, blower mobilization, public perception and opinion, or other areas that are subjective but important.  Clearly, large snow blowers may address several such areas which are not addressed by the direct cost & savings.

Blower description

Alpine’s snow blowers are mid-sized machines that are easy to move and appropriate for the job. Each machine is self-propelled, has between 600hp-750hp, is rated from 2,500 to 3.500 tons per hour, has a side discharge chute and a truck loading chute which allows the discharge to be directed to the side or forward of the machine, or in any direction where the discharge least impacts the receiving area.

The Unimog u500 equipped with a Schmitt blower is especially convenient since it can move at road speeds (60 mph) between blowing locations. Its size and capacity (1,500 tph with 300 hp) make it especially useful for truck loading or work in places where the larger machines have difficulty maneuvering.

The three blowers have a service truck that comes with them to carry extra people, tools, fuel, parts, etc.; the operation is designed for 24hr blowing. The one hourly charge per machine covers the entire operational costs for that machine, exclusive of the mobilization charge.

In summary, it has been shown that blowing snow with big blowers is the most efficient and quickest way to clear roads, deposit areas, etc., for deeper snows.

Contact Alpine Services for additional information—we look forward to hearing from you.