New durable snow blades that are claimed to withstand repetitive use with minimal risk of damage to airport lighting, signage and surfaces on runways and taxiways, have been developed by Schuyler.
According to the developers the unit’s T-track system for fast, easy mounting and change-outs to snow ploughs and wheel loaders, shortens service downtime. The manufacturer is currently offering interested customers and dealers free trials as part of the launch.
“We developed this rubber blade to address a growing concern regarding snow and ice removal at airports,” said Greg Armfield, Schuyler sales manager. “They need a blade that’s soft enough to prevent damaging the runway and safety lights, but durable enough to minimise change-outs. The 911SP achieves the best of both worlds and will give operators the ability to move the most amount of snow.”
Schuyler’s 911SP withstands more wear than moulded rubber blades, the company claims. The blade is made of recycled rubber and features reinforced nylon fabric throughout the blade to ensure its integrity. The manufacturer offers similar blades for the solid waste industry, which extends the life of the blade by a 2-to-1 ratio. And the 911SP is denser than moulded blades — at least 50 percent more in volume — which extends wear life and reduces change-outs.
Since the blade is made from recycled rubber, there is less impact on the runway and safety fixtures than with steel blades. For instance, the operator can lower the rubber blade to the ground and drive forward because the rubber slides over runway lights and surfaces without damaging the lights or chipping the concrete.