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Frigid Weather Calls for a Gritty Response
By Michael McClanahan / January 30, 2023

When the mountains and plains get a typical snowstorm, armadas of plows and graders move the white stuff off to the side of roads and highways or scoop it into piles in remote areas of parking lots. Then the sun comes out and dutifully melts or evaporates what’s left behind.

This year, it’s been different.

An unusual combination of wet Pacific air followed by Arctic blasts has resulted in heavy wet snow and cloud cover that has kept melting to a minimum and freezes compacted snow and runoff into glazed and rutted roads, lots, and sidewalks.

That’s when heavy duty scrapers and sanders come to the rescue. And that’s when maintenance operators turn to O.J. Watson Equipment.

O.J. Watson Trucks Show True Grit

Plows and scrapers do a great job of moving snow off roads and lots but they don’t get it all. What they leave behind can melt and turn into a sheet of ice once the sun goes down. In long stretches of cold and gloom like we’ve seen to start 2023, it’s even worse. Ice ruts become slippery and stretches of pavement turn treacherous.

Ice melt, mag chloride, and other chemicals do a great job over a limited range of surfaces and temperatures but when extra icy conditions exist, it’s time to get gritty.

Sand gives slick surfaces traction, and organic compounds like Ice-Slicer® melt ice faster and with less environmental damage than road salts. And when it comes to treating miles of roads or acres of surfaces, O.J. Watson has a wide selection of trucks to make the grit meet the ground quickly and efficiently.

The Right Trucks for the Job

O.J. Watson Equipment specializes in trucks and equipment from industry leaders like Oshkosh, Boss, and Monroe to handle snow and ice control from the smallest lots to major highways and airport runways. We design central hydraulic systems that operate in conjunction with the latest, most sophisticated controls to operate sanders, scrapers, and liquid dispensing trucks in sizes from dump bodies to custom rigs purpose-built to your special needs. We’re here to work with you and build the truck that you need to keep the roads and lots safe and clear.

OJ is the OG in Work Trucks

O.J. Watson has been customizing trucks from pickups to large workhorses for over 100 years, so you can be sure you're getting the finest designs and equipment backed up by OEM parts and superior service. With facilities in Denver and Greeley, we’re easy to get to from all Front Range and rural Colorado locations.

We also have a huge variety of accessory items and parts at both our locations, and we are experts in custom fabrication to meet every need. Whatever specialized truck and truck equipment you require, from large to small, O.J. Watson is proudly prepared to handle it.

Learn more about truck maintenance and our other many products and services on our website: ojwatson.com.