It is not a simple or straightforward choice to purchase snow removal equipment, especially for people who are responsible for their own driveways or those who are commercial snow removal contractors. Use this list as a general guide when selecting a snow plow to help you understand all of the factors involved in the purchase of a snow plow.
Make sure you buy a quality snow plow from your local dealer.
Relationships between snow plow dealers and their customers are important throughout their ownership of plows, and it all begins with your first purchase. It will be your dealer’s responsibility to set up the plow and aid in the initial installation, but you should ask if installation is included or if it is an additional fee.
Your dealer does not end when you purchase your snow plows. If you have questions about maintenance, spare parts, or repairs on your plow, contact your dealer.
How much you will spend on plowing and what it means for your budget.
Finding the right dealer to buy from is the second step, then determining which type and size of plow is best suited to your budget.
A 7′ or 7’6″ straight blade plow will be more than adequate for clearing the driveways of your friends or family members. The price for these products usually ranges from $3,000 to $4,500, depending on the model and size.
Considering the V and Straight blade options for use on a UTV or an ATV, since their plowing capabilities are almost equivalent to those of a plow for small pick-up trucks. It is recommended that you ask if the attachment system is included with the purchase or if it must be purchased separately. They can cost from $200 to $3,000, depending on the model.
When plows are used commercially (parking lots, rural driveways, side roads), or if you own several accounts, 8′ plows are required. Most businesses need their snow removed rapidly and efficiently. When it comes to going commercial, a V-plow may be the way to go. With a V-plow, you can plough snow from a variety of positions, enabling you to change jobs faster and easier. Equipment for commercial use is more expensive. V-blades can cost up to $6000 new, whereas straight blades will cost a bit less.
Having a straight or a v
Both of these plows will get the job done. As long as a straight blade is less expensive than a V blade, it will continue to be a big seller. V-plows, on the other hand, have the ability to steer snow in many different directions due to their multi-position capabilities. V-plows are able to stack snow so well in the “scoop” position that straight blades simply cannot compete.
V-plows are also more effective at cutting through frozen snow. The arrowhead configuration cuts harder snow than a flat edge when operated in the ‘V’ position. This makes it easier for the operator, the truck and the plow to work together.
Comparison of polyurethane vs. stainless steel vs. mild steel snow plow
All three materials are adequate for commercial snow plowing, but they have their own advantages and disadvantages. Poly is the smoothest of the three. This will prevent snow from sticking to the blade and will make it easier for it to slide off. In addition, poly is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, and corrosion. Due to this, more and more snow professionals have switched to poly. Although, poly is not lighter than steel, which is a myth.
There is no truth to this. The frame of poly plows is usually reinforced steel and more heavy than steel because steel is corrosion resistant and has an edge over mild steel in terms of “slickness.” Some also consider stainless steel to be the most attractive. Therefore, it is more likely to suffer from scratches and dents. Your plow will be marked by any rocks you hit. A plow’s performance could be impacted if this isn’t fixed over time.
The industry standard for mild steel is without a doubt mild steel. For decades, it has been used to make plows. It is highly recommended that you use a zinc powder coat on steel plows to help prevent rust; however, with time rust will occur. It is still feasible to rely on mild steel plows to be both durable and dependable.