In another area of Saskatchewan, the Rural Municipality of Efros has a population of approximately 480 people and over 400 miles of roads to maintain and keep open in the most extreme weather. Thankfully the town owns a pair of Volvo G970 motor graders to set upon the snow.
“It’s a great machine. It’s the best that I have ever operated, and it has lots of power. When you need to move something this grader will do it easily,” says grader operator Marcus Elphinstone, who really appreciates the power and stability of the Volvo G970.
Marcus’s partner, Terry Torgerson, is a 33 year veteran motor grader operator. “I also really like this grader for plowing snow. With the 11-speed transmission I can easily maintain a plowing speed of 25 mph and it has the power and weight necessary when the going gets tough,” says Terry.
A few kilometers down the road, Reeve Council of the Rural Municipality of Star City have just placed an order with Eric Katarey and Redhead Equipment for two new Volvo CE motor graders to replace their ageing Volvo G970 fleet.
In northeast Saskatchewan alone there are over 46 rural municipalities and more than 100 motor graders owned, the majority of them sporting Volvo branding – and that number is growing. There are also thousands of kilometers of roads, over 100 happy operators, and 30 very pleased municipal councils, residents and taxpayers.
Text: Chloe Doyle
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: Lots of snow but the perfect power to weight ratio.
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: Eric Katarey discusses the numbers.
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