On January 1st, 2023, actor Jeremy Renner was involved in a serious accident involving a PistenBully snowcat, manufactured by Kässbohrer — a German company that’s been in operation since 1923. I have not officially been able to find out which model he owns, but my current guess is the snowcat he was operating was the PB200D from PistenBully. It looks identical but it might not be the exact model, but it’s fairly close. These machines were released in the eighties, so they’re not the most advanced snow groomers one can buy.
Table of Contents...
- 0.1 Jeremy Renner is Released from Hospital
- 1 Jeremy Renner’s Snowcat Accident
- 2 Science of Recovery: Our Human Fragility
- 2.1 Chance of Amputation: Why?
- 2.1.1 Crush Injuries are Deeply Destructive
- 2.1.2 ➤Psychological Consequences in Patients With Amputation of a Limb. An Interpretative-Phenomenological Analysis
- 2.2 The Reality of Recovery: What are the Odds?
- 2.3 PistenBully PB 200D vs Renner’s Snowcat
- 2.4 FAQ: PistenBully, Jeremy Renner,
- 2.5 Related posts:
Jeremy Renner is Released from Hospital
Update: ➤Jan 17, 2023
Outside my brain fog in recovery, I was very excited to watch episode 201 with my family at home 🙏❤️🙏— Jeremy Renner (@JeremyRenner) January 17, 2023
It was surprising to hear the news about Mr. Renner being at home, watching “Mayor of Kingstown.” He sent out the Tweet above on Jan 16, and he already at home when it was sent. It’s unclear when he actually left the hospital as it was not announced. This makes sense as making such an announcement would only invite people to camp out at his home.
I believe this is good news as it allows his family to be near him at all times and support all of his needs This would not have been allowed if he was at risk in any way. Clearly, he needs time to rest and recover. They’ve been quiet about the the extent of his injuries. Based on what has been revealed I suspect that recovery will extend into years, not months. That’s all there is to share for now. Stay tuned…
➤ January 14, 2023 / Posted on his Instagram account
Update: Wheeled to MRI Machine
➤Update: Jan 13, 2023 — Source close to Jeremy Renner
Radar Online has reported that a source close to Renner’s situation says:
“Jeremy’s already had two delicate surgeries. But there are serious doubts he will ever be able to walk right again — or at all.” “His loved ones worry the damage was significant enough to prevent him from moving the way he used to — that is, if he doesn’t lose the leg altogether.”Radar Online, Jan 9, 2023
In all fairness, the person who made this statement has not been revealed, so it’s impossible to know if they are speculating with their comments. On Jan 10, 2023, Jeremy’s sister was quoted by People Magazine, saying:
“We are so thrilled with his progress,” the actor’s sister, Kym Renner, says in the new issue of PEOPLE. “If anyone knows Jeremy, he is a fighter and doesn’t mess around. He is crushing all the progress goals. We couldn’t feel more positive about the road ahead.”PEOPLE Magazine, Jan 10, 2023
The insider who is quoted saying these words also made some comments about Jeremy Renner’s family or friends who had concerns about whether or not his leg(s) would survive, or perhaps there could be an amputation in the near future. Again, I don’t have much detail about this and how it relates to the actual condition of his legs.
I’ve spoken to a friend of mine, who is also a doctor and he shared some insights with me, sparked by me asking: Under what conditions would an intact leg be considered for amputation? You can skip to this section now, or you can read about Mr Renner’s accident from the beginning. This is an unfolding drama.
Jeremy Renner’s Snowcat Accident
Renner was reportedly helping a family member whose car was stuck in the snow near his home on the side of a mountain in Nevada. In an effort to free the vehicle, Renner retrieved his 13,860 lb. snowcat and successfully towed the car from its stuck location. However, after getting out of the vehicle to speak with his family member, he noticed that the snowcat begin to roll away from him. In an attempt to stop it, Renner attempted to get back into the driver’s seat but was instead run over by the vehicle.
Here’s an image showing an overview of Renner’s home to give you a sense of where this accident took place.
I’m going to make a guess and suggest that he may have slipped as he tried to get into the cabin, or he stepped too close to the tracks of the machine, which could have pulled him under the PistenBully. Again, I wasn’t there, but I’m trying to imagine how such an accident could happen. Eventually, the full story will be told.
According to a 911 call log, Renner was “completely crushed under a large snowcat” and could be heard “moaning loudly in the background,” during the call. The situation was dire, as Renner also had a serious bleed. The caller, who was screaming, stated that Renner was bleeding heavily from the head, in addition to more unknown injuries, at the time. Later he discovered that the right side of his chest had collapsed and his upper torso was crushed.
Despite suffering multiple injuries, when the phone call was placed, Renner was conscious and breathing, but with immense difficulty. Eventually, he was transported to the hospital via helicopter and underwent surgery. His representative stated that Renner was in critical but stable condition following the surgery.
It’s not yet known what caused the PistenBully snow groomer to roll unexpectedly, but it’s possible there was some kind of mechanical failure related to the vehicle’s parking, or emergency brake. It’s also possible that Mr.Renner didn’t lock in the safety brake correctly, but he thought he had. I don’t actually know because I wasn’t there but either of these are possible. It’s important that the snowcat is fully inspected to determine if there was a mechanical malfunction or if it was human error that caused the accident.
VIDEO: PistenBully PB270DS / A Close Look at the Tracks
Here’s a similar model to Mr.Renner’s but I don’t believe it’s the same. You can see the tracks up close in this video, which I found interesting.
Operating a commercial snow groomer like the PistenBully PB200D comes with certain inherent risks, and it’s essential for the operator to be aware of these risks and take necessary precautions. This includes avoiding colliding with other vehicles, objects or people. Also, you don’t want to slip or fall while on or near the snowcat, and lastly, these vehicles are vulnerable to tipping over or even sliding down steep inclines if the operator isn’t experienced and aware of the surroundings.
Operating a snowcat like the PistenBully PB200D requires a high level of skill and training in order to do so safely. These vehicles are large and heavy, and the controls are far more complex, requiring specific training. Because they’re used in challenging environments, such as in snowy or icy conditions, the risk of accidents or injuries is naturally higher. The reality is that sometimes accidents happen no matter how skilled or careful you are.
Our thoughts are with Mr. Renner and his family as he recovers from his injuries.
This article will be updated as we learn more about his progress. For those of you who are curious about the snowcat he was using at the time, I’m going to share with you everything I know about this powerful snow clearing machine.
The major causes of accidents involving snowplows are:
Source: Killino Law Firm.
Update: Jan 6, 2023 / Strange New Facts
This tragic accident gets stranger by the day, as I learn new details about what happened from the NY Post. The accident itself was unusual to begin with but it appears that this could have been entirely avoided if only the California Highway Patrol (CHP) allowed Jeremy’s maintenance worker ‘up the hill.’
Renner lives on a private road and for some reason, the CHP wouldn’t allow his maintenance worker to go up the street, to Mr.Renner’s house. Because of this, Jeremy decided to clear the main road himself, even though it wasn’t something he was planning on doing. He was expecting his maintenance worker to do it, but he was unable to. The Sunridge road is the only way in and out of his property.
Apparently, Mr.Renner’s family needed to leave so he was on his own to clear the road for his family members.
One of his neighbors passed on this information. He chose to remain anonymous.
It’s infuriating to think that Mr.Renner, who suffered “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries” after being trampled by his own snowplow, might not have been injured at all if it weren’t for a series of coincidences. The anonymous neighbor had spent some time clearing the area around Sunridge Court when the accident occurred because of this action, the medical transport helicopter was able to land safely. He states, “I plowed Sunridge right before he hurt himself. I guess I plowed just enough so they could get Care Flight into the Tannenbaum,”
He was referring to the Tannenbaum Event Center located less than a mile from Renner’s home. “I just finished that or it would have been total snow. I think Jeremy was trying to plow his family out because they had to leave.”
Somebody had left their vehicle in the middle of the parking lot which is the sole reason why he decided to plow the area with his Bobcat. And because of that, he created a safe landing area for the rescue helicopter.
I’d like to know why the California Highway Patrol prevented the handyman from getting to Mr.Renner’s home. This entire nightmare could have been avoided if they just let him through. It does not make much sense at this point.
But what caused Renner’s snowcat, also known as a PistenBully, to malfunction? According to Lars Mintz, a lift operator and maintenance worker at Sky Tavern ski resort, he believes it was a problem with his brakes. “If it didn’t stop, it was probably a brake malfunction,” Mintz said. “You put it in park and you lock the e-brake. It’s not like a transmission – it’s a hydraulic pump, which turns off the power to move the tracks forward.”
Mintz also pointed out that PistenBully snowcats are designed for grooming snow, and they’re not designed to be used for clearing heavy snow. Mr. Mintz believes it’s potentially dangerous for that purpose. He then goes on to say, “Maybe he forgot to set his brake.”
“These things are very dangerous,” he said of the PistenBully. “This is the first time I’ve heard of Jeremy Renner as a person.”
This article will be updated as we learn more about his progress. For those of you who are curious about the snowcat he was using at the time, I’m going to share with you everything I know about this powerful snow clearing machine.
Ideas for a Safer Snowcat / Snow Groomer
I’ve been thinking about how these type of accidents can be avoided. It seems to me that this type of accident should never occur if redundant safety systems were incorporated into the vehicle. Manufacturer’s need to do more to ensure their vehicles are safe. Now, I need to say, in all fairness, Jeremy Renner’s PistenBully was from their previous generation of snowcats. The model he had was from the eighties or early nineties. Technology has come a long way.
Either way, here are some ideas to improve snowcat safety.
There are several ways that PistenBully and other snowcat manufacturers could devise a safety system to prevent accidents like this from happening again.
One approach could be to implement a secondary braking system that is activated if the primary brakes fail. This could be in the form of a hydraulic backup brake or an electrically-powered brake that is triggered in the event of a failure in the primary brake system. This secondary brake could also be designed to activate if the operator is not in the vehicle and it begins to roll.
VIDEO: A Closer Look at a Newer, more Advanced PistenBully / 600
Another solution could be to incorporate sensors and warning systems that alert the operator if the parking brake is not properly engaged. For example, the snowcat could be equipped with sensors that detect if the parking brake is not fully applied and sound an audible warning to the operator. Alternatively, a visual warning system could be implemented, such as a dashboard light or display that alerts the operator if the parking brake is not fully engaged.
Another option could be to design the snowcat with a fail-safe mechanism that automatically engages the parking brake if the operator exits the vehicle without first applying the brake. This could be achieved through the use of pressure sensors or other types of sensors that detect when the operator is no longer in the vehicle.
Finally, PistenBully and other manufacturers could consider designing the snowcat with a rollover protection system (ROPS) similar to those used in tractors and other heavy machinery. This could involve installing a sturdy cage or frame around the operator’s seat that is designed to protect the operator in the event of a rollover accident.
Overall, there are several different ways that PistenBully and other snowcat manufacturers could improve the safety of their vehicles to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future. By incorporating additional braking systems, warning systems, and rollover protection systems, it should be possible to significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries to operators of these vehicles.
Science of Recovery: Our Human Fragility
January 7, 2023
“Happy 52nd Birthday” Mr. Renner
Jeremy shares a photo with the following message: “Thank you Renowned Medical ICU team for beginning this journey.” It’s a good sign to see him sharing photos, even though he’s still a long way from recovering. I’m under no illusions that he’s doing well but he’s out of being in critical condition. The most pressing question I have is in the nature of his injuries and whether or not any irreversible damage has been done.
Chance of Amputation: Why?
Jeremy Renner has a long journey ahead of him before he can he can accurately determine how much he can recover. After reading that the people who are near Jeremy’s bedside are concerned that his leg (or legs) might have to be amputated. I was immediately surprised to hear that, and I was wondering under what circumstances would a doctor recommend amputating the injured limb.
This section will explore a hypothetical situation to help readers understand the seriousness of the situation and the potential risks that Mr. Renner and his family are facing, less than two weeks since the accident.
Crush Injuries are Deeply Destructive
A leg amputation after a crush injury from a 14,000 lb PistenBully snowcat would likely be due to damage so widespread and extreme that the chance of gaining reasonable functioning is close to zero. The crushing force of the snowcat would cause significant damage to the bones, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves in the affected limb.
When a limb is crushed, it can cause extensive damage to the soft tissue, bones, blood vessels, and nerves, which could lead to permanent loss of function of that limb. Even if the person has undergone surgery and is stable, it may be possible that the injury is too severe to be able to save the limb.
There are several factors that doctors will consider when determining if a limb can be saved or if amputation is necessary, including:
- The extent of the injury: If the bones and soft tissue have been severely crushed, it may be impossible to repair the damage.
- Blood flow: Crush injuries can damage blood vessels, making it difficult or impossible for blood to flow to the affected limb. If the limb is not getting enough blood, it will not be able to heal and may need to be amputated.
- Nerve function: Crush injuries can also damage nerves, which can result in permanent loss of sensation or muscle function.
- The overall health of the patient: If the patient has other health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease, it may be more difficult for them to recover from a crush injury.
In this case, Jeremy has undergone two surgeries and is currently stable. However, it’s important to note that amputation is not always the result of an infection, but rather a decision made by a medical team that considers the extent of the injury and the patient’s overall health.
Why would doctors recommend amputating his leg if it was intact and free of infection? What are possible reasons to justify amputating his leg, or a limb after a crush accident?
Generally, a limb would have to be deemed “useless” in order for amputation to be considered. This means that the limb is not able to perform its normal functions, such as providing strength and stability for walking, and is causing the person significant pain or disability. To consider amputating his leg(s) would point to his leg being lifeless, with no function — in other words, it would be considered dead weight. Such an extreme decision would also be on the table because his nerves were severely damaged and beyond repair, as well as soft tissue throughout the entire limb.
Remember, this is hypothetical. At this point, their has been no official word on the state of his legs. They will announce it on their own time.
In some cases, a limb may have survived a crush injury but still has significant damage that makes it unusable. For example, the bones may be shattered beyond repair, or the nerves may not just be damaged but likely causing phantom pain. Medicine is not very good at fixing nerve damage and soft tissue-related injuries. A limb would not be amputated if there was a chance of regaining a reasonable degree of function, or if it was more useful to keep it instead of removing it.
It’s hard for me to fathom being in his situation and having to make such a life-changing decision, but this is reality for Mr. Renner, and doctors every single day of the year.
When you consider the condition under which a leg would be amputated, it seems reasonable to assume that such a limb would be lame, and would serve no function. In these cases, amputation may be the best option to improve the person’s quality of life.
It’s important to note that the decision to amputate a limb is not taken lightly, and a team of doctors, including orthopedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, physical therapists and rehab specialists, and a prosthetist will evaluate the patient’s condition and will take into account the patient’s overall health and goals, as well as the extent of the injury, blood flow, nerve function, and the ability to recover strength and stability to the limb.
In some cases, a limb may survive a crush injury but might still have significant damage, preventing it from ever functioning effectively from a mechanical standpoint. For example, the bones may be shattered beyond repair, the blood vessels may be blocked or the nerves may be permanently damaged, making it impossible for the person to move or feel the limb, and the patient may face a high risk of developing chronic pain, infection or other complications. In these cases, amputation may be the best option to improve the person’s quality of life.
I pray for the recovery of Mr. Renner. It must be frightening living with the uncertainty. Besides the physical trauma, let’s not forget the emotional trauma from such an accident. It happened so quickly, and often a sudden accident feels even more traumatic because of the shock of it all. One second you are healthy and walking, and seconds later, you are bleeding profusely, unable to stand, in severe pain, and fighting for your life. This is trauma that will require years of therapy. I wish there was an easier solution. From my own experience, I can understand why this won’t be over in a few weeks.
Amputating a limb is devastating from a psychological standpoint. Not only has the individual lost their capabilities of a fully functioning human, but whenever an amputation is involved, great care and support is needed. The patient is thrust into a strange reality in which they are no longer who they once were; forced to change their worldview along with their perception of who they are after the amputation. In a sense, the individual is forced to dissolve their ideas of who they thought they were, and re-frame it to reflect their current self.
For anyone curious about the psychological impact, I recommend reading the following study:
➤Psychological Consequences in Patients With Amputation of a Limb. An Interpretative-Phenomenological Analysis
- Published online: 2021 May 26 / doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.537493
- Published by: Andra Cătălina Roșca, Cosmin Constantin Baciu, Vlad Burtăverde, and Alexandru Mateizer
Here are some quotes from participants who were evaluated from a psychological point of view. It’s humbling reading about the difficulties faced when an amputation is involved.
“… awakening from the (induced) coma was a nightmare … I could not move … I wanted to get away … it was terrible! I felt I was in a prison and I could not run. I could see my right hand, but I missed my left hand. Why? For a moment I wanted to die. God, take me! Lord, I cannot live like this!” (Participant 4).
“At first, I said no, I refused … I thought I’d rather die than… I even told the doctor … I’d rather die than lose my leg” (Participant 1).
“I have insomnia … I can only sleep with medication … I’m anxious. I do not know what’s going to happen to me in the future. I have a terrible state of insecurity” (Participant 4).
Anger and Hostility
“I get angry when I think I can’t do what I was doing before” (Participant 6).
“… a terrible frustration. Things were taken from me, my job, my independence … it’s a terrible frustration but I am fighting it” (Participant 4).
Struggle with Depression:
“I cannot afford to fall prey to despair. I’m alone and I have to raise a child on my own. I have to fight. My little girl saw me cry twice, when I could not cope anymore” (Participant 2).
“I am guilty. I got off the tractor and did not stop the milling cutter. It was a big mistake. You are not allowed to repair a piece of equipment while functioning” (Participant 6).
“After surgery, I shut down my phone because it rang very often and when it did, I started crying badly when I was seeing who was calling me. What should I say to them? That I do not have a leg anymore? And what would they say to me? … That’s why I’d rather not answer them. Now when a friend comes and asks … I’m not going into details … exactly what happened etc. … I’m trying to avoid the subject. It hurts me” (Participant 6).
The Reality of Recovery: What are the Odds?
As soon as I heard about Jeremy Renner’s accident, I was surprised that his condition wasn’t worse, even though he was near death due to the amount of blood he lost. You can only lose so much blood before death becomes inevitable. Thankfully his neighbor is a doctor and knew precisely what to do to stop the bleeding. I believe the doctor saved his life the moment he wrapped that tourniquet around his leg. This bought him valuable time. The snow complicated everything. It’s an incredible story when you piece together the chain of events and the serendipitous things that happened.
After looking into the medical data, I thought I’d share it with you just in case others are also curious about the nature of injuries resulting from a powerful impact or having a limb crushed by a 14K lb. snowcat. What might this do to the human body and what are the odds of making a full recovery. Also, what type of treatments does Mr. Renner have available to him? If you’re curious, continue on.
Plausible/Likely Injuries from a crushing incident
There are several types of leg injuries that can result in long-term disability or even permanent damage. These injuries can range from fractures and dislocations to severe soft tissue damage. One particularly difficult injury to recover from is a compound fracture, where the bone breaks through the skin. These types of fractures can take a long time to heal and can result in complications and permanent disability if not properly treated. Ligament injuries, such as a torn ACL, can also be difficult to fully recover from and may result in long-term mobility issues.
When it comes to severe leg injuries caused by a 14,000 lb. snowcat rolling over someone, the risk of permanent damage is high. The weight of the vehicle can cause crush injuries to the leg, including fractures and damage to muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. These types of injuries can be extremely difficult to fully recover from and may result in long-term disability.
Examples of People who have Recovered / The science of recovery
Fortunately, there have been several high-profile cases of individuals making remarkable recoveries from severe leg injuries. For example, professional football player Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his knee in 2011, but was able to return to the field just over a year later and was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2012. It’s interesting to read about his recovery because back in 2011 stem cell therapy was considered controversial, and he even refused the treatment because it carried a stigma in the same way those who take performance steroids. He said he recovered “naturally.” It’s ironic because I can’t think of anything more natural than stem cells.
Peterson’s recovery has reached almost mythical proportions because he claims he did it naturally. He has already emphatically denied using PEDs. And he says when doctors came to him with options that included the controversial stem cell therapy, he turned that down too. And after that, the idea of stem cell therapy (which is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) was never brought up to him again.Yahoo! Sports: “Adrian Peterson says about his incredible ACL recovery, ‘I understand I put the bar high’”
My dog had problems with his leg when he was 6 months old. He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and had a total hip replacement when he was one year old. Weeks later I discovered he never had hip dysplasia. In fact, he had iliopsoas tendonitis (groin inflammation), which is common in humans as well. He struggled with lameness for years. Eventually I found a specialist who could perform stem cell therapy (PRP) in his hind leg, especially in his groin and hamstring muscles. I don’t know if it helped with his problem. This was a complex case. My point is that stem cell treatment has become a proven method to heal from serious injuries, even for dogs.
I predict Mr. Renner will use some form of this modality in his recovery. I know I would if I was in his shoes.
There are variations of treatments with stem cells. One of the most powerful is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). It’s considered a regenerative treatment as it has the power to reconstruct and rebuild connective tissue, which is why it’s commonly used in sports injuries. Do you ever wonder why athletes return from serious injuries in a matter of weeks as you can’t figure out why it takes you 6 months to heal from a sprained ankle? In the meantime an athlete breaks every bone in his leg, as well as tears a few ligaments, and he’s back playing the game in about 5 weeks? No need to wonder any longer.
PRP is how athletes are able to bounce back like a superhero would. PRP is a leading-edge treatment available to anyone who can afford it. I would wager that Mr. Renner will be using this treatment but I guess time will tell. It might a year from now before the public finds out exactly what happened.
The Hyperbaric Chamber is another common treatment for athletes. It’s speeds up healing by forcing oxygen deep into damaged tissue. It’s another example of a standard treatment for the wealthy, but not so common for the average person. Sadly, most people can’t afford it, but the elite almost always consider these treatments if they’re seriously injured. In fact, many wealthy people own their own personal Hyperbaric Chamber, like Justin Bieber. It’s far more common than you think.
VIDEO: Tony Robbins Talks about Stem Cell Therapy
Similarly, snowboarder Kevin Pearce did not recover after suffering a traumatic brain injury and a shattered leg in a training accident in 2009. Brain injuries are the most difficult types of traumatic injury to survive. The brain is incredibly delicate so any severe trauma to out skull can easily cause irreversible damage. Perhaps one day modern medicine will find a way to repair our brain, but for now, it’s best we just protect it. I’m happy to report that there’s no indication that Jeremy Renner suffered any type of long-lasting head trauma. This might be the best thing that didn’t happen to him.
Skier Lindsey Vonn also successfully returned to competition after suffering from a “torn right ACL and MCL, as well as a fractured tibial plateau” in 2013. It took her a couple years to recover fully then returned to compete again at the highest level.
In terms of medical advancements that have helped patients recover from serious trauma, there have been numerous developments in the fields of surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Stem cell treatment, for example, has shown promising results in aiding the recovery process for many patients with a wide array of injuries. I don’t like to sound like an infomercial but when you delve into the science of PRP treatment it becomes obvious that it really does work to aid in serious injuries but also can help someone with chronic conditions.
For example, Bartolo Colon was a Yankee’s pitcher whose career was on the decline. At 40 years old he found himself no longer good enough for a major league team. A common problem with pitcher’s is the mechanics of their throwing motion decays due to the repetition of throwing a baseball at an extreme velocity. Eventually a component of throwing can no longer function as it once did. Whether it’s the wrist, elbow or shoulder, eventually, and inevitably the body breaks down and the player is forced to retire, but Mr. Colon had other plans.
He decided to try something radical to turn his career around. He began his first session with standard stem cell therapy then followed up with PRP, about 6 weeks later. This was injected in both shoulders and his elbow. Less than one year after his treatment, he was back pitching for the Yankee’s, looking like his former self. His incredible comeback was primarily due to his treatment, and serves as an example of the power of stem cell therapy. You can find countless stories online on how this regenerative treatment is changing lives and helping people get their life back.
It’s important to note that while these cases are certainly inspiring, they are also exceptional. Many people who suffer severe leg injuries may not be able to make a full recovery and may have to cope with long-term disability. It all depends on the nature of Mr. Renner’s injuries. I’m certain that he’ll get the best treatment available. If you or someone you know has suffered a serious leg injury, it’s important to seek out the best medical care and support to help with the recovery process. If you can afford it, I recommend that you see a knowledgeable and experienced doctor who can guide throughout your recovery.
PistenBully PB 200D vs Renner’s Snowcat
The Kässbohrer PB 200D PistenBully is a compact, tracked vehicle designed for use in grooming ski slopes and maintaining snow trails. It is manufactured by Kässbohrer Geländefahrzeug AG, a German company that specializes in the production of tracked vehicles for use in challenging terrain.
The PB 200D model is powered by a diesel engine and is equipped with a range of features to enable it to operate effectively in snow and ice conditions, including a front-mounted winch, a snow blower, and a range of snow grooming tools. It has a compact size and low profile, making it well-suited for use in confined spaces or on steep slopes. The PB 200D is also equipped with a cab heater and seat heating to keep the operator comfortable in cold weather.
Overall, the Kässbohrer PB-200D PistenBully is a highly specialized and effective machine for maintaining ski slopes and snow trails. It is well-suited for use by ski resorts and other organizations that need to keep large areas of snow and ice in good condition.
Features & Specs: PB-200D
- Width without tracks: 2,500mm (98.4″)
- Width with aluminum tracks: 4,160mm (163.7″)
- Width with steel tracks: 4,160mm (163.7″)
- Width with tiller 2000: 4,900mm (193.3″)
- Width with multiflex tiller: 5,400mm (213.4″)
- Height with tilted cab: 3,325mm (130.3″)
- Overall height: 2,880mm (113.6″)
- Ground clearance: approx. 350mm (13.8″)
- Load area: 2,290mm x 1,920mm (90.6″ x 75.6″)
- Dead weight with aluminum tracks: 6,300kg (13,860 lbs.)
- Dead weight with combined tracks: 6,400kg (14,110 lbs.)
- Dead weight with steel tracks: 6,700kg (14,770 lbs.)
- Gross weight incl. auxiliary equip.: 8,800kg (19,420 lbs.)
- Loading area payload without aux. equip.: 1,500kg (3,306 lbs.)
- Type: Mercedes Benz OM 926 LA
- Cylinders: 6
- Capacity: 7,200 cc (438.5 in³)
- Power according to ECE: 240 kW (329.6 hp)
- Max. torque: 1,300 Nm/1200-1600rpm (953.7 lbf-ft/1200-1600rpm)
- Oil capacity with filter: max. 33 l (84.5 fl oz), min. 29 l (77.7 fl oz)
- Average fuel consumption: 16 l/h (4.2 gal/h)
- Tank capacity: 190 l (50.2 gal)
- Hydrostatic transmission with no mechanical wear
- Two multi-disk parking/holding brakes
- Low voltage unit: 24 volt
- Alternator: 28 V/120 A
- Batteries: 2 x 12 V/135 Ah
- Cold start power: 600 A
- Speed: 0-20 km/h (0-12.4 mph, infinitely variable)
- Specific surface press. with combined tracks: 0.046kg/cm² (3.45 psi)
- Specific surface press. with steel tracks: 0.048 kg/cm² (3.53 psi)
- Hourly coverage: 90,000 m²/h (968,888 ft²/h, with tiller)
- Front: All-Way blade, Kahlbacher rotary snow plow with halfpipe side sections
- Rear: Tiller 2000, Multiflex tiller, flexible smoother