Four Seasons Landscaping uses its fleet of Volvo construction equipment to clear away snow and ice for customers across Connecticut, USA.
Connecticut lies on the northeast coast of America, bordering New York and Massachusetts. It’s susceptible to extreme weather – from hot and humid in the summer to snow storms in the winter and temperatures dipping below -10°C. Although only the third smallest state of America, northern Connecticut gets twice as much snow on average compared to the south. Most snow storms usually bring 127- 203mm (5-8 inches) but once every five to 10 years a heavy snowstorm drops 305- 457mm (12- 18 inches) of snow on the state.
Four Seasons Landscaping Inc. was established in 1980 and operates between Hartford in Connecticut and Springfield in Massachusetts. The company clears away snow and ice to keep paths, roads and sites clear for its customers during the winter months. That’s not all, it also specializes in landscape construction and management, tree transplanting, sports field maintenance and earth moving.
Many of Four Seasons Landscaping’s clients are commercial and rely on the company when Mother Nature dictates extreme weather. A snow storm can affect a large amount of the company’s clientele all at once, which calls for precision, coordination, manpower and high quality mechanical assistance – provided by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE).
Plowing on regardless
In the past the company used many different brands of skid steer loaders and pickup trucks with snow plows but today, it uses a fleet of Volvo wheel loaders. The company owns six Volvo compact loaders – ranging from a 6.8-tonne L35B-Series wheel loader to a 20-tonne L120D-Series loader.
“The compact loaders have great stability – which is particularly helpful in the snow and ice,” says Bob St. Jacques, president and owner of Four Seasons. “Removing snow is made easier with the machines’ power, maneuverability and control. The crew and I also appreciate their efficiency in terms of time and fuel. They allow us to work on bigger projects and properties. Towns are also restricting permissible noise levels so it’s good that our Volvos are quiet – some of our clients are in residential areas and if we are clearing snow at night, loud machinery could disturb the residents.”
Four Seasons has several customers with large grounds and over 300,000 m2 (a million ft2) of pavement, including a Walgreens distribution center and the Griffin Land Holdings warehouse. About 75% of its customers have used the company for over a decade.