H-Series snow removal vehicles photo via Oshkosh Airport Products.

H-Series snow removal vehicles photo via Oshkosh Airport Products.

Kansas City International Airport chose to refurbish and upgrade 10 of its snow removal vehicles used to maintain the airfield during snow events as well as routine debris-clearing operations. Oshkosh Airport Products Group refurbished and upgraded 10 Oshkosh H-Series snow removal vehicles for the Missouri airport.

The refurbished fleet (manufactured in 2006 and 2007) now features new Oshkosh XF 20-foot front-mounted brooms, as well as new power units, forced air blower systems, and LCD controls.

"By replacing its existing front-mounted brooms with new Oshkosh XF high-speed brooms, KCI is extending the life of its chassis, and simultaneously enhancing the airport's snow removal operations by adding state-of-the-art broom technology,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Airport Products Group vice president and general manager.

The XF broom features a 46-inch diameter sweeper broom and dual forced air blowers, powered by a 500 hp, interim-Tier-4-certified engine. The broom head and air blower are hydrostatically driven, with infinitely variable speed hydraulic pumps and fixed displacement motors. The vehicles also include an active weight transfer system, which keeps weight on the front axle for improved chassis and broom performance, according to the company.

The Kansas City Aviation Department owns and operates the Kansas City International Airport. The department is an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City.