With more than 1,000 cars moving in and out of the auction grounds each week, State Line doesn't have time to waste. It needed a solution for clearing cars of snow and ice quickly, and the problem-solving result is pretty Tim Taylor-esque. Seen in the video below, State Line attached a Buffalo turbine to a Volvo excavator to blow the snow and ice off of the cars like they were eraser scraps from a piece of paper.
It might seem a little much, but Barber specifies the somewhat overdone method is necessary when there are more than 7,000 vehicles on the grounds. He also clarifies to a commenter that it rarely damages the cars, despite what one might expect.
"The cars are in our care, custody and control so it would not be beneficial if it damaged them," Barber says in a comment. "We have blown one mirror off in four years." That's not a bad record when considering the volume of cars this thing covers.
The video below is older but gives a glimpse at how much work is involved to even clear the grounds before cleaning up the cars.
State Line's method is working so well that Barber states a second machine is currently in the works. Maybe Volvo should adopt the idea and sell it as a factory option. Either way, we want to drive one.