How to Make Snow Removal More Enjoyable
Climb inside the cab of new M-Series skid-steer loader and find out
Craig Nathe appreciates his M-Series Bobcat S650 loader.
Winter weather in Minnesota can be cruel: just ask anyone who has to wake up at 2 a.m. to plow snow.
Craig Nathe does just that, operating a Bobcatฎ skid-steer loader for R and F Enterprises, a snow removal business his father, Joe, started more than 20 years ago. This past winter, however, working conditions improved with the arrival of a new M-Series S650 loader, purchased from Lano Equipment.
"It's nice to know that when you get up in the middle of the night you are going to operate a very comfortable, warm machine with good visibility," Nathe says. "That loader made my job a lot more pleasant."
M-Series cab comforts
The incredible new cab of the S650 loader is making life better for Nathe. The cab-forward design offers better visibility; is larger (10 percent more space), quieter (inside sound is reduced by more than 60 percent) and has a bigger front opening for easier entry and exit.
"There is no comparison to other loaders," Nathe says. "The S650 cab is superior in every way. The visibility front, back and side is great. I don't have to strain my neck; I can see everything. The cab is roomy, easier to get in and out of, very quiet and warm really warm. There are no air leaks; the cab is very tight. I set the heater as low as it will go and still don't wear a cap, gloves or jacket. This machine has spoiled me."
"The cab of the S650 is superior to the other brand in every way. The visibility front, back and side is great."
"I need to start by 3 a.m. to make sure all the snow is gone by the time the first employee vehicle pulls into the parking lot, usually around 6:30," he says. "The only equipment that works in these tight access areas is a skid-steer loader. I need to maneuver around obstacles such as the drive-through facilities and back onto the highway to open up their entrances. The snow must be hauled out quickly because they cannot lose any parking spaces. It's always a race against the clock to be gone before the first employee arrives."
Nathe and his family also own Riverside Farms, a vegetable farm located near Elk River, Minn. That's where he became familiar with Bobcat equipment and where for the past seven years he has operated a T250 compact track loader.
"Ever since we've had the track machine, I've been looking forward to having a Bobcat rubber tire loader for snow removal," he says. "The S650, with all the new M-Series features, was worth waiting for."
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