Safety On The Ski Slopes . . .
When we think of safety on the ski slopes, it’s not usually tractors or bright, warm summer days that come to mind. One of our big projects this year, however, was just that. This tractor clears mountain ski slopes to prepare them for fun in the snow all winter. With it’s tracks, it can climb slopes steeper than it can stay up-right on.
Though these photos don’t really show just how steep the slopes are, for safety, this tractor was rigged with a special custom machine that includes a winch system to secure it to the mountain while operating on the steep slopes. It can now be used on very steep ski runs without the risk of tumbling to the bottom.
In the photos below, you can see the gray attachments at the back, and the cable system incorporated. 2 big, wireless control winches are in the box along with 3 big batteries. The wedge shaped pieces are to roll the tractor back on so it can chip, even when on a very steep slope. Normally, chipper operation is limited to 30 degrees incline, but with these ramps, the tractor can actually be used on a 45 degree slope. Creativity to solve problems.
Custom Machine Projects
Just one more interesting and diverse engineering projects designed and built at Synthesis. We’re always happy to be part of custom machines that make the world better in some small way.
Custom machines like this are not uncommon at Synthesis — well, of course, each is unique. But, building custom machines of all sorts of sizes, configurations and functionality is not uncommon. We build very small machines as well as monsters. We build them as prototypes for production, as well as one-off machines, like this one, to fill a specific function. This is a medium sized custom machine for us. Is there one we can design and build for you?