We have mad a few changes with our equipment for this year. We took the sander (was in back of blue pickup) and mounted it into the back of the plow truck. In order to do this the truck was taken to Marion Machine Shop earlier this fall and an extra support brace was installed. Then Troy and I moved the control box from the blue pickup to the plow truck. The next change had to do with a dual sided fuel tank (diesel and gas) that Mark Begemen had donated to the city earlier this year. We placed that in the back of the blue pickup where the sander rig use to be.
The reason we made these changes was because of a few difficulties that we experienced last year. First the blue pickup does not seem to be able to take a large load of sand. We experienced the drivers door not opening due to this. Don Bauer readjusted the door this summer so it could open again. The next problem was refueling the tractor. The diesel fuel was stored in a tank on Ron Overson’s property. We had to run a couple of 100ft extension cords through the snow to his building in order to get the fuel out of the tank. It was a dark cold and annoying method of refueling. Refueling the plow truck was a little bit of work too. The chains must be removed from the tires so the truck could be driven to Marion. Then afterwards the chains had to be put back on the rear tires.
So now we have a refueling tank sitting in the blue truck and we plan on driving that truck into Marion to fill the tanks. And we can refuel both the plow truck and the tractor easily. And the plow truck driver can start up the sander using the control box inside the cab and flip a switch at slippery intersections to spread sand on the road. Also the heavy weight of the sander rig helps the plow truck with traction.