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Hector Takes Delivery of New Snow Removal Equipment
February 16, 2001

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Hector International Airport recently took delivery of three new pieces of equipment for its snow removal operation. Specifications were released in July 2000 and the bids were awarded in September. The new equipment will replace older equipment that has served the airport Sand Trucksince the late 1970's.

The first piece of equipment to be delivered was a 2001 Sterling LT9500 tandem-axle truck. The chassis is mounted with a Swenson 16-yard sandbox that also has the ability to carry 500 gallons of deicing chemical. This non-corrosive deicing agent will allow the airport maintenance staff the option of prewetting the sand before it is spread on the runways and taxiways. This allows the sand to better adhere to the icy surfaces. The truck has the capability of spreading sand up to 70 feet in a single pass. This truck will compliment an existing sand truck that was obtained in 1988.

Two other pieces of equipment recently obtained were airport snowplow trucks. The 2001 Oshkosh HB Trucks are each fitted with a 24-foot Wausau batwing plow and a 10-foot underbody scraper. Both units are four-wheel drive, all-wheel steer units and are powered by a 475 HP diesel engine. The two units will replace two motor-graders that were previously used to clear the snow from the runways and taxiways. Plow TrucksThe cost of the two units was $557,648.

The snow removal operation at Hector International Airport will be more efficient with the addition of this new equipment. The Airfield Maintenance Staff is made up of 5 full-time and one-part time personnel. There is approximately 195 acres of paved surfaces on the air operations area at Hector that includes three runways and multiple taxiways and ramp areas.


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