Ready for action
When winter shows its icy side in the town of Nordhalben, there is a lot to do for the team of the town’s council yard. Then the employees are called upon to ensure that 1,600 residents get from A to B safely despite snow and ice. Reliable support for clearing roads and paths is provided by two John Deere tractors: a 6120M and a 3046R.
Start work at 5:00am
During the cold season, Uwe Deckelmann, the yard manager, gets up at 3:00am every morning to check the weather. He does not rely on the forecast. “I only believe what I see myself,” he says with a laugh. “After all, I’ve experienced it too many times that in reality it wasn’t as snow-free and dry as the weather service claimed.” If ice or snow is approaching, Uwe Deckelmann’s team starts clearing the roads at 5:00am. And he is also at the wheel of one of the machines.
A well-rehearsed winter road clearance team
The team clears about 30 km of roads and paths from the building yard within three-and-a-halfhours. In addition, 2,000 square metres of parking areas are cleared. Together with a service provider, three tractors and six people are employed. Once all the paths have been prepared, the team have a break. Around 3pm, the team moves out again.
Strong tractor in the snow
The town council of Nordhalben chose John Deere tractors because reliability and flexibility are important for those responsible. “The design of the tractors is also a clear advantage,” explains Uwe Deckelmann. “With John Deere tractors, we can bolt the snow plough plate directly into the frame. This is much easier than with competitor tractors and also improves stability. The John Deere design also allows us to drive on steep slopes, which is particularly advantageous in our hilly community.”
Fast service in all weathers
In the field as well as in winter service, availability of the tractors is everything. Therefore, good service is also important for the town. The Kotschenreuther company takes care of servicing for the tractors in use in Nordhalben. “The support from Kotschenreuther is always quick and uncomplicated. Once we had a breakdown at 23:30pm. At 00:30am a technician was on site and early in the morning we could start work again. That’s great, of course.” Even after the handover of the new 6120M, the John Deere dealer was there to help with any questions.