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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Snowcat Maintenance and Purchase Policy

Chatter Creek purchases annual overhaul services from Bombardier Inc (now Camoplast) in Calgary, Alberta. Chatter Creek also purchases or leases its snowcat equipment through Bombardier (Camoplast) in Calgary.

Chatter Creek finds that annual overhaul of its snowcats by Bombardier experts significantly increases reliability in the field and reduces field maintenance costs. Chatter Creek's on-site maintenance requirements is typically just daily inspections and 250 hr regular service, which is largely confined to maintaining lubricants and hydraulic fluid levels. No significant mechanical failures were encounterred in 2004, although there were some prior failures of electrical components.

Chatter Creek currently leases it's snowcats through Bombarder Inc in Calgary. It acquires machines with 3000 to 4000 hours service and adds about 1000 hrs per year through it's snowcat skiing operations.


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