New trackless snowblower clearing sidewalks in St. Louis County

By KBJR News 1

March 4, 2014 Updated Mar 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- There's a new tool helping to clear sidewalks of snow in St. Louis County.

The county just bought a Trackless Municipal Tractor.

Crews were out driving the one-man rig for the first time Tuesday, clearing sidewalks along Midway Road in Pike Lake Township.

At a cost of $120K, it's designed to cut through ice and hard packed snow.

County leaders say the 7,000 pound machine will help to save time and money when clearing the 20 miles of county sidewalks.

"It has those razor-like augers and it has a 130 horse Cummins engine in there that is pushing,” Kevin McConnell, St. Louis County Highway Division Superintendent said. “That thing can just cut right through the ice and it just turns all that stuff right to applesauce. It just throws it right over the bank.”

Duluth owns two similar high powered snow blowers.