The City of Burnsville is a busy suburban community with over 60,000 residents located just 15 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. For several years they have hired contractors to clear the snow from the sidewalks in their community during the winter months. Recently, they discovered a need to improve their level of service for residents and decided to purchase their own sidewalk snow removal equipment and handle the work in-house.

Dan Tobritzhofer, Street and Storm Sewer Superintendent for the city chose to partner with MacQueen Equipment to purchase three Trackless Sidewalk machines with a variety of attachments to care for 140 miles of trails and sidewalks.

Tobritzhofer wanted to provide his operators with the best products and training since the sidewalk snow removal program would be new to most. The “guaranteed operator and mechanical training to get everyone comfortable with operation and maintenance of the machine was a major determining factor in choosing Trackless over its’ competitors,” Tobritzhofer stated.

Tobritzhofer wanted to provide his operators with the best products and training since the sidewalk snow removal program would be new to most. The “guaranteed operator and mechanical training to get everyone comfortable with operation and maintenance of the machine was a major determining factor in choosing Trackless over its’ competitors,” Tobritzhofer stated.

In addition to the snow removal functions, Tobritzhofer liked the ability to utilize the three Trackless machines by all departments year-round. They will utilize Boom Flair Mowers for right of way mowing, and Front Brooms to clear sand and debris from boulevards and paved trails.

Implementing a new program in a department can be a daunting task. Upon delivery of their new equipment in Fall of 2018, MacQueen provided a full day of training for the operators to prepare them for the upcoming Winter. With the MacQueen service facility just 20 miles from Burnsville, Tobritzhofer can also have peace-of-mind with replacement parts available on-hand and factory-trained service technicians available throughout the peak months to reduce downtime.

The Minnesota winter months will certainly test the new equipment and the city’s ability to provide a higher level of service to its’ residents. When asked about working with MacQueen on this project, Tobritzhofer said, “The City of Burnsville has had a respected relationship with MacQueen Equipment since the early 70’s. We continue to purchase quality equipment; Vactors, Elgin Sweepers and now Trackless machines, knowing that we will be provided the highest quality of equipment and the support needed to meet the maintenance needs of our residents.”

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