“We have our cutting blades
tilted back to create a smoother
pull without the blade chatter of
others – this theory is relative to
the design of a grader blade.”
– Greg Konkel, Universal Truck Equipment
Ultimate Groomer Specs
Drags are 20-feet long (with hitch about
27-feet) and standard widths are eight-feet
(3,300 pounds), eight-feet six-inches
(3,700 pounds), nine-feet six-inches (4,600
pounds) and 12-feet six-inches (6,800
pounds). The company also offers two-foot
hydraulically-controlled wings which are
available on the eight-feet and eight-feet
six-inches models to increase versatility.
Standard features include hydraulic ski,
Slow-Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign and strobe
light, five cutting blades, two-inch by four-inch
center construction, extra bracing at
critical points, heavy duty cylinders, high
speed tires, shot-blasted primed painted
and, one-year warranty on workmanship.
Options include: pizza cutters, adjustable
rear guide runners, rubber flap, work
light, hydraulic wings and various sizes of
Drags are 12-feet long (with hitch about 16
feet) and standard width is six feet.
The Ultimate Junior weighs 1,150 pounds
with the ski option or 1,050 pounds without.
Standard features are an SMV sign
and strobe light, aluminum enclosure
to house a battery, trickle charger and
mounting for the antenna to work with its
Ultimate Junior Groomer and enhances the functionality of
the grooming drag.
Konkel says that like many other drags on the market, the
Ultimate Junior Groomer can use the stiff hitch to move the
front of the drag up and down. If the front of the drag needs
to be raised, simply stiff hitch as needed and return to the
same grooming position where the ski was set to maintain a
“We have found that the addition of the ski to the Ultimate
Junior has greatly diminished the amount of load on the tow
vehicle as it distributes the weight of the drag and makes it
easier to pull,” said Konkel.
He adds that UTE chose the engineering design for the
Ultimate Junior Groomer Drag because the company iden-tified
and appreciated the strength and durability of the
Since assuming ownership of the Ultimate Groomer Drag,
Konkel says the company has made a few minor improve-ments
to the design. The perimeter of the drag is constructed
with two-inch by six-inch runners and all internal supports
are built with two-inch by four-inch tubing.
The drag attains its strength through its tilted rails which
create strength across the entire drag and eliminates the risk
of the drag twisting and becoming compromised. The Ulti-mate
Groomer also offers a standard adjustable stiff hitch
with three settings to provide customers with the ability to
set the drag to their own tow equipment.
Konkel says there are many options to enhance the Ultimate
Groomer. “We have also provided customers with custom op-tions
such as AR400 steel pan and runners, fifth-wheel hitch and
custom club sign boards. If the customer desires a specific op-tion,
the team at UTE will work to ensure their needs are met.”
Konkel says that hook-up should only take five to 10 minutes.
When using the Ultimate Groomer drags, a user needs a tow ve-hicle
with live hydraulics that has three selector control valves
(SCV) to operate the wheels, stiff hitch and ski, and if a hydrau-lic
wing is ordered, a fourth SCV will be needed. A pintle hitch
and an electrical connection are also needed to run the lights.
For more information on the Ultimate Groomer products,
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL TRUCK EQUIPMENT
The Ultimate Groomer Drag comes in several sizes ranging from
8’ wide to 12’6” wide in the base design that has a 20’ long
snow processing area. The Ultimate Junior Groomer Drag is 12’
long (with hitch about 16’) and standard width is 6’.
10 January 2020 | snowopsmag.com