The high hills of Lancashire proved to be the ideal place to try out the new heavier HD E-Plough from Econ. Lancashire County Council has taken delivery of eight of the heavy duty ploughs, which are particularly handy for deep snow conditions when extra force is needed to deal with the heavier piles of snow that can accumulate when conditions are bad.
Chris Grime, Principal Fleet Engineer at Lancashire County Council, said: “We regularly have some quite serious snow up in the Pennines and we have found in previous years that in certain extreme conditions, the lighter ploughs struggle to clear the bigger drifts. With the new heavy duty ploughs, there is a lot more clout, which, in areas like Pendle and Bacup up on the tops, can make the difference between a safe, clear road and a route that’s still partially blocked by snow.”
The Lancashire County Council team of winter maintenance vehicle operators have also given the new ploughs the thumbs up. “We’ve had really positive feedback from our gritter operators,” said Chris. “The new ploughs are ergonomically designed – as we’d expect from Econ – and they have been useful with this year’s fairly heavy snowfall.”
Lancashire County Council has been working with Econ for over 15 years and has a total of 63 winter maintenance vehicles from us. “We have a great relationship with Econ,” said Chris. “They have always been extremely accommodating of our requirements and have been extremely flexible in meeting our winter maintenance needs every time.”