As winter weather is beginning to brew, Caterpillar has introduced two new tools designed to help landscapers with the snow removal process.
The new 102-inch material handling bucket is the largest in width, height and capacity for Caterpillar’s bucket family.
The bucket features a honeycomb design at the top that allows the operator to view the amount of snow in the bucket. It can carry a maximum of 1.7 cubic yards of material. It also has a reversible and replaceable bolt-on cutting edge that guarantees contact with ground.
According to Caterpillar, the torque tube increases rigidity for wet, heavy loads of snow. Safety was also a focus in the design, the company says, as a grated built-in step is included to provide a good grip during slippery winter weather.
Of course, landscapers also can use the bucket for jobs other than snow removal, whether it’s moving mulch or stone.
For snow removal contractors that clear parking lots or other large paved surfaces, Caterpillar offers a variety of snow pushes. Its 16 different models come in sizes ranging from 8 to 16 feet wide. The straight snow push comes with a cutting edge of either steel or rubber.
The straight snow push also features a spring-loaded trip edge with tension adjustment. This enables the unit to rise when coming in contact with obstacles such as an elevated man-hole cover, protecting the pusher from unnecessary damage.
Caterpillar says both of the attachments can be used on skid steer, compact track, multi-terrain, compact wheel, backhoe and small wheel loaders.