Swis out by now
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EVEN Switzerland was caught out at the end of January by extreme weather. Severe disruption occurred to services and road traffic which normally take the winter tourist season in their stride.
Snow-clearing operations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland are linked to the strategic location of special equipment supplemented by units available from local operators' fleets.
Rural communities and highway authorities fit normal tipping trucks with snowploughs
This Swiss-made forward-control conversion of a 4x4 Jeep has a sidemounted auxiliary plough blade to increase the sweep width to 2.5 metres.
and sanding gear which take into account the varying needs of, say, narrow, steeply graded secondary roads and multi-lane motorways. The segment type of snowplough for use with normal commercial vehicles ensures that shock loads are not transferred to the chassis frame.
Most units used for road clearing are permanently fitted with front-mounted attachment plates having quick-release connectors for hydraulic service lines.
An interesting example of using standard cv components in the design and production of purpose-made snow clearing equipment is provided by the current build of 45 "snow slingers" for use by the Armed Forces in Sweden. Based on Scania running units, the 4x4 vehicles have dual cabs w separate driving controls road travel and for operating I Kockums cutting equipment.