A ground-breaking snow clearing revolution!

FLEXIWAY II

DIAGONAL PLOUGH

Mählers develop unique concept

Flexiway II, an entirely new concept for more efficient snow ploughing was introduced ahead of the winter season 2012–2013. Now, ahead of the upcoming winter season, Mählers is presenting a nu7mber of updates, making Flexiway II even more efficient. Amongst other details the plough has been reinforced at a number of points and the lifting geometry has been improved, allowing the plough to lift both higher and more evenly.

Mählers' unique diagonal plough is developed based on an innovative concept in the industry to meet the increasingly tougher demands for faster ploughing speeds and a so-called 'black road', that is to say a road surface clean from snow or slush after ploughing.

"The Flexiway II is designed so the driver can adjust the blade pressure according to the actual conditions. For light ploughing the pressure is adjusted so that the plough follows the road surface with minimum pressure. For heavier ploughing, needing more blade pressure, the driver simply makes an adjustment using Mählers' new MC2 control system", explains Stig Engström., Mählers CEO, and continues;

"Thanks to an advanced pressure guard on the plough it doesn't even matter if the road surface is uneven. The plough retains a constant blade pressure and in so doing secures a maximum result. This also gives the driver the chance to increase the ploughing speed".

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All Mählers diagonal-ploughs conforms to EN 13021+A1:2008 thanks to triggered safety blades that can cope with a height of 50 mm at 40 km/h.

Environment and economy

"The correct plough pressure also contributes to a reduction in wear-and-tear, less fuel consumption and quieter operation". Flexiway II is beneficial in terms of both environment and economy.

Flexiway II can additionally be extended sideways up to 450 mm on both sides. This means a more efficient ploughing around traffic islands and other obstacles along the roads which make life difficult in a conventional plough that cannot be sideways extended or retracted.

Technical specifications

Cutting widthmm3 700 - 4 600
Minimum operating widthmm3 390
Height, rightmm870 - 1 170
Height, leftmm980
Rotation*24 - 42
Steel bladepcs4 - 6
Side extensionmm± 450
Weight excl fitting, fromkg650
Weight incl fitting*kg1 000 - 1 200
   

* depending on model

Flexiway II will be upgraded on a number of points ahead of the winter season 2013-2014:

  • Improved lifting geometry (lifts equally regardless of position)
  • Improved lifting height
  • Improved ejection height
  • Modified ejection minimises the risk for snow on the windscreen
  • Improved and more service-friendly hydraulics box
  • Reinforced plough box
  • Reinforced joint with expansion bolt between plough boxes
  • Reinforced and modified blade holder allows optimal use of the blade
  • Modified position light bracket for maximum visibility even in transport position
  • Reinforced gate
  • Load bearing valves on the side ejection cylinders
  • Reinforced design of the extending parts

Flexiway II takes ploughing to a new level

When Ricky Bergsman started driving trucks and ploughing in 1973, he used a V-shaped plough from Svedala. He’s now using the very latest, Flexiway II from Mählers.

“It’s worked incredibly well. If the snow’s compacted and hard all I have to do is increase the pressure and the plough clears it up anyway. In slushy conditions it leaves a fully clean asphalt road surface”, he says admiringly.

Ricky has also tried being self-employed, but nowadays he drives for G Arnessons Åkeri in Likenäs in Värmland county.

“It really doesn’t matter, I still work as if I was self-employed”, says Ricky who has full responsibility for the vehicle he drives, and its equipment.

“And if I don’t call the boss every day he’ll probably wonder if I’m still working for him”, he says with a twinkle in his eye. He is one of the first to drive with Mählers new plough, which is based on a totally new concept with adjustable pressure and side ejection up to 450 mm on either side.

Runs evenly and precisely
“The secret lies in correctly adjusting the pressure, enabling the plough to run extremely evenly and precisely”, explains Ricky who ploughs Routes 240 and 63 around the town of Hagfors for the main contractor PEAB.

“The secret lies in correctly adjusting the pressure, enabling the plough to run extremely evenly and precisely”, explains Ricky who ploughs Routes 240 and 63 around the town of Hagfors for the main contractor PEAB. “The end result is incredible and leaves the road very clean due to the slush cutter taking the last of the slushy snow away and also, it is very even and follows the road beautifully. All I have to do is lower the blade and drive. I’ve used the same blade all the winter, a tempered metal blade with drilled coromant cores”, he adds. Ricky also uses Mählers underbite, which uses the same principle. He sets the correct pressure for the conditions, all operated via Mählers new MC2 control system. “There were a few teething problems when the new plough arrived”, he says, “but Mählers fixed everything”.   
“Mählers support is fantastic. They’ve helped me with everything I’ve mentioned to them.” With new and pioneering technology such as this you have to be prepared for a running-in period. On the other side of the coin, drivers such as Ricky hadn’t given feedback, Mählers wouldn’t be able to develop new products that meet the increasingly tougher demands of, for example, clean roads and higher ploughing speeds that customers make.

Ricky Bergman, Flexiway
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“The end result is incredible and leaves the road very clean due to the slush cutter taking the last of the slushy snow away and also, it is very even and follows the road beautifully.”

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Fredrik i Sikfors använder Flexiway


Hard-working and flexible

The sky is blue and the area of Dundret lies in its winter cloak of powdered icing on a bun. As there is no significant snowfall forecast Fredrik Levander takes time to clean up the road towards Sikfors. The snow billows and the train leaves a level winter road surface behind it.

When Ola H Konsulting in Gällivare had to fit their new Volvo FM with winter equipment the choice fell to Mählers ploughing equipment. It ended up with a  Flexiway II diagonal plough, an hydraulic 45-B side plough and an under-fitted HB3N grader blade.

"It felt great to be able to take a brand new vehicle out with completely new equipment straight after the winter's first snowfall, " explains Fredrik Levander.  Fredrik comes from the island of Gotland and ended up as a result of Cupid's arrow in Jokkmokk ten years ago. He has his own company, Levander Bil & Maskin, where he works as an entrepreneur driving and operating his machinery. He has been driving for Ola Hansson for around a year and has among other tasks ploughed a length of the E45 motorway between Jokkmokk and Porjus. All in all he is responsible for 86 km of main road"

"The ploughing season is a bit longer in Lapland and we get more snow. Even so, it's easier to plough as the snow is both cold and lightweight. Home in Gotland it was either wet or had been driven by the wind and packed hard, " says Fredrik.

Many miles
In December alone he drove 40 trips. By mid-March the new vehicle had already been out ploughing 130 times over a course of 26 000 km. After having learnt how to handle the lightweight diagonal plough where the hydraulics are adjusted from the cab with the aid of the joystick, Fredrik has got on very well with the new plough with the final steel blade in direct contact with the road surface.

"The plough's roadholding is good and gives a very good result. It's also easy to extend the plough width thanks to the side extension. It's practical when I have to plough at junctions and parking bays". The Flexiway II that Fredrik has operated for one season is one of the northernmost ploughs that Mählers have delivered. He's also looking forward to being a test-pilot for the next generation of ploughs.

"As we always have proper winters here, it really is the right environment in which to test the equipment".

Sikfors kör med Flexiway från Mählers




Advantage Flexiway II

Fördelar Flexiway 1

1

Safety release for extending parts

2

Safety cutters. Tackles 50 mm high obstacles at 40 km/h in compliance with EN 13021+A1:2008. With steel and rubber, steel cutters or tempered steel cutters

3

Modular-built from 3.7 to 4.6 metres

Fördelar Flexiway 2

1

Entirely free from wheels or slide shoes

2

Variable pressure slush cutter

3

Side shifting ± 450 mm

4

Articulated in two sections

5

Variable ejection height

9

Patent pending parallelogram

6

All valves in the plough. Only one pressure line from and one return to the hydraulic source

7

Optional extra – Electrical hydraulic power package 24V, 2 kW

8

Automatic hydraulic cutting pressure, operated from the driver’s seat reduces both fuel consumption and wear on steel cutting blade

Safety

Flexiway II is built for so-called black roads* and for tough everyday work with uneven roads, frost heaving, ice accumulations, obstacles or other objects that can stick up from the road surface or the roadside.

Regardless of the conditions Flexiway II helps you to meet the road holder's requirements, and with maximum safety both for you as a plough driver and your fellow road users.

Flexiway II conforms to EN 13021+A1:2008 thanks to triggered safety blades that can cope with a height of 50 mm at 40 km/h.

Additionally, the plough's extension details are designed and connected in such a way as to trigger in the event of a collision with, for example, the start of a barrier, post, concrete obstacle, house wall or other rigid object that is in the way.

The side extension gives you increased safety as it enables you to pass meeting traffic on very narrow roads, as well as rounded obstacle without the truck having to move further out into the road.

The variable ejection height enables you to pinpoint precisely where you want the snow to land, and this improves safety for other road users and others that can be exposed to danger when ploughing.

You as a road holding contractor have the right to demand all these safety measures in times when plough speeds are tending to increase.

* Black road means that the road holder wants a completely clean road surface after ploughing.

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