Snow and ice are headaches for motorists and pedestrians. To prevent accidents on slippery surfaces, highway departments, businesses and homeowners use deicing compounds to melt ice and snow on roadways, parking lots, sidewalks and driveways. While deicing materials improve travel conditions, they can damage automobiles, concrete surfaces and landscape plants.
Snow removal on an acreage lane can be challenging, particularly during and after a big winter storm. Unless your pickup truck has a blade, most equipment is tractor-mounted. Choosing equipment that’s most effective for snow removal often depends on the size and type of tractor, or other unit powering the equipment. Other things being equal, the reduced mechanical complexity of a blade is less costly than a blower. Blades are typically associated with units larger than a lawn mower-type tractor. Front end loader equipment costs may be in between those of blades and blowers although the cost of a loader is often shared by other uses.