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Bobcats battle Spanish snow

This month’s Storm Filomena surprised the entire community of the Spanish capital city, Madrid. Its streets, parks, roads and airport woke up to a great accumulation of snow, as what was predicted to be just 20 cm of snowfall instead turned into a much bigger storm.

Sonia Royo, President of the community of the Polígono de Albresa de Valdemoro commercial area of the city covering 36 hectares and incorporating almost 600 affected companies, called in Bobcat Of, the Bobcat Authorised Dealer for the area, for help in carrying out snow removal tasks throughout the district.

Bobcat Of made available a fleet of Bobcat equipment for the snow removal, including two S510 skid-steer loaders and two TL30.70 telehandlers and four operators, who worked continuously over four days. The telehandlers operated on the wider avenues and in wider areas, while the compact loaders were engaged on the narrower streets or at the entrances to industrial buildings, clearing the way for vehicles and workers to access offices and warehouses.

Ferran Recio, Manager of Bobcat Of, comments: “The situation has been very complicated, with the access roads to the Polígono área and the warehouses totally blocked by snow. We received an avalanche of calls from private and public companies requesting Bobcat machines to remove snow and ice in different areas. With all of our Bobcat compact equipment working on the streets of Madrid, there was nothing else left to offer from our Bobcat rental fleet for several days. We have met all requests within our means. Nobody foresaw such a thing happening.”

The historic snowfall forced the suspension of all operations at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez airport, stopping all aircraft from taking off or landing on the runways. Eight Bobcat S450 skid-steer loaders equipped with heated cabs, snow blades and sweepers have worked day and night to clear the runways and airport facilities. One of the special features of the Bobcat machines is their abilitiy to clean right up to the edges of the planes.

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