The colder parts of the year bring with it holidays, family get-togethers, and many of the year’s most enjoyable moments. However, while the snow is often very nice to look at driving in it is another matter. Regular snow plowing is an essential activity in many cities and without clearing city, county, and state roads, many parts of the country would grind to a halt in the fall and winter. As a professional, you need the best equipment available to provide road clearing services to your community and clients. Commercial Snow Plow Blades are one of the most important parts of the road clearing process and one you should review carefully before investing in new equipment.
Types of Snow Plow Blades
Snow plow blades come in many types of materials to fit specific needs and approaches to snow removal. Here are four of the most popular and common types of material you are likely to encounter when shopping for snow plow blades.
- Steel Snow Plow Blades: when selecting snow plow blades for your fleet steel snow plow blades are a popular choice. These blades have long been an industry standard and have been in use for years. Steel blades are considered a standard in the industry for a reason. Steel blades are designed to resist rusting and are often an affordable choice with many options to choose from if you need customization. Also, having been in use for so long, steel blades can fit nearly any type of snow removal vehicle. If your fleet has older vehicles, steel blades may be the easiest to fit to your existing equipment without making costly modifications. When considering possible areas of concern, steel blades can be noisy and, even with rust-resistant coatings do corrode over time.
- Polyethylene: a durable and high-grade plastic polyethylene snow plow blades also see widespread use for many reasons. A key advantage of these types of snow-blades is how tough they are. Polyethylene blades are designed to resist scratching and dents. This is a very important feature when you have to plow several feet of snow every year. Plus polyethylene offers a smooth surface that reduces snow collection and also resists fading and discoloration. Despite these advantages, polyethylene blades do have some cons you should keep in mind. When compared to steel blades polyethylene blades do cost more. In addition, the need for specific frames to attach the blades increases the weight. Once everything is taken into consideration, polyethylene blades weigh more than steel blades.
- Stainless Steel: another consideration for steel plow blades is using stainless steel. These types of blades are nice to look at and give a good first impression. Stainless steel also offers other benefits in addition to its appearance. When compared to traditional steel blades stainless steel is specifically designed to resist scratching, fading, rusting, and repel snow from sticking to the blade.
- Rubber: another option for plow blades is rubber-edged blades. These blades have an edge made of a hard rubber which is designed to provide road cleaning without damaging the road surface. Rubber edges are highly durable and can resist moisture and cold temperatures. They also resist UV rays and are waterproof. The moisture resistance is very useful as it can prevent damage from plowing snow, slush, and ice during the fall and winter. While made of hardened rubber, these blades do have a degree of flexibility which can be useful when plowing narrow streets.
In any business, having the right equipment for the job is key to proving the levels of service and customer satisfaction your clients expect. If your snow plow blades are aging or showing signs of wear it may be a sign you need to replace them. New blades are well worth the investment as they make work easier and more efficient.