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East Yorks prepares for snow with new Bobcat loader

25 Aug 11 Beverley-based Herdsman Builders has bought a new Bobcat S100 skid-steer loader and attachments from AMS Bobcat to offer a new snow and ice clearance service in the East Yorkshire area.

Like most parts of the UK during last winter, local communities there were hit by heavy snowfalls, with many people unable to get to work and businesses and schools being closed as result.  Herdsman Builders has purchased the S100 loader with angle blade and bucket attachments to provide snow and ice clearance at locations including urban and country roads; pavements, car parks and school playgrounds.

The combination of the new Bobcat S100 loader and the snow attachments represents an important diversification for Herdsman Builders, said director Andrew Herdsman. “We are a private and commercial property builder, but if we don’t have any inside work to do, the bad weather stops us from working as well – we can’t lay bricks and heavy snow stops us working completely.  After last winter when local communities were virtually snowed in in this area and the wheels of the local economy froze, I hope that with the S100 and its attachments, we can keep local businesses and communities going and help people to get around so that they can live normal lives even in the worst weather.”

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The low operating weight with bucket of 1,800kg will allow Herdsman Builders to transport the S100 on a trailer behind the company’s Land Rover and move swiftly from one snow clearance job to another. The compact dimensions - a height of 1,878 mm, length without attachment of 2,262 mm and width over the tyres of 1,182 mm – are designed to allow the S100 to manoeuvre efficiently in confined spaces. 

Herdsman Builders has also purchased a Bobcat pallet fork attachment for the machine, which will be used for general material handling and other work on the company’s construction sites.

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