October is nearing its end, leaves are turning red, hoodies are back in season and the occasional tuque is even starting to make an appearance. For most, fall is in full swing. But for owners and employees of snow removal businesses, that only means one thing.

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With snow fast approaching, the time to start buying your fleet of snow removal machines and attachments is now.

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, here are five ways that a telehandler can help you improve your snow removal business.

1. Compact

Manoeuvring during the winter can be a pain, especially when your snowplow isn’t able to make tight turns or stop on a dime. But when it comes to the wide range of telehandler options available to you and your business, manoeuvrability isn’t an issue. Take Merlo for example, who always seem to be ahead of the game when it comes to producing compact, easy-to-drive machines.

Whether you’re working on clearing a highway, or twisting and turning through a parkade, Merlo is producing telehandlers that are able to squeeze into any corner and plow through deep snow.

2. Increased speed

No one wants to sit in the cold all night clearing snow. That means that your snow removal machine needs to be able to work effectively and quickly. Speed is never an issue with Merlo’s telehandlers, with snow removal favourites like the TF 33.7 and P 27.6 able to reach speeds of 40 km/h.

“We get everything done 30% faster with our Merlo. ‘Loaders’ and ‘skid-steers’ are old news!” – Coivic Contracting Ltd

3. Top-of-the-line cabin

We’ve all been there. Early winter morning, a coffee in the cup holder, frost on the windshield, blasting the heat in your car to try to get some feeling to your fingers before heading off for the day. Now imagine doing that at the crack of dawn in order to clear snow from every side street, boulevard and highway in the city.

If you operate a snow plow, you know that being comfortable in your cabin can be the difference between a great day and a terrible one. That flip-of-the-coin doesn’t happen in a Merlo telehandler. With a spacious cabin, quick-acting heating and 360 degree visibility at all times, you don’t have to worry about you or your employees having difficulties seeing the road ahead. If you’re a business owner, the best thing you can do for your employees is giving them a machine they feel comfortable in.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in one of Merlo’s more compact machines like the P 27.6 Plus, or a bigger option like the TF 33.7, cabin comfort and efficiency is always top of mind for the Italian manufacturer.

4. Won’t break the bank

Despite the fact that Merlo’s do cost more than the average telehandler, that initial price tag immediately becomes the more cost effective option when you consider the longevity and versatility of their telehandlers.

But don’t take it from us, just read what one of Manulift’s clients had to say;

“The front door changed the way we were able to do things and improved our cost efficiency. On the snow removal side of things, I’ve never seen anything as productive and gas efficient, it’s 40% less expensive than the competition.” – Longue Pointe Chrysler

This cost efficiency comes into even clearer focus when you take into account the fact that you these snow removal telehandlers are able to work across any industry, in any season. Merlo’s TF 33.7 is a popular choice among snow removal businesses, and can transition from clearing snow on the street to moving hay bales on the farm without a second thought.

The versatility Merlo offers with each machine means you’re saving money by eliminating the need for more specific machinery.

5. Reliable

Reliability shouldn’t even be a question when it comes to your fleet. In -40 C weather, you need to be able to trust your machine to not only start, but to get through the winter. Even though Merlo telehandlers are built in Italy, they’re perfectly designed for Canadian winters, making them a reliable and trustworthy telehandler that you can count on to get the job done every day.

Whether you’re looking at a smaller P27.3 or a larger TF42.7 CS, these telehandlers will never have you doubting your choice to go with a Merlo this winter.

To learn more about how telehandlers can improve your snowplowing operations, check out our wide range of Merlo telehandlers.