So the plant purchased an angle broom attachment for their Toolcat 5600 utility work machine and has since been able to remove snow without waiting for the plows. Desmeules says the angle broom's bristles easily push light-to-moderate snowfalls off of surfaces.
In another northern city, Shoreview, MN, crews rely on angle broom attachments to supplement their plowing efforts.
Pat Dunn, City of Shoreview, uses an angle broom attachment to reach those difficult areas where larger equipment doesn't fit. Shoreview's crews attach the broom to a skid steer to sweep snow off sidewalks. They also use the brooms to plow areas of the city that had never been cleared that winter.