Winter is coming which means it is time to start planning your snowplow rig. Many landscapers choose to create a lucrative winter business by plowing. If you are thinking about entering the world of snowplow professionals, it is a good idea to do some research before selecting your first snowplow. Read on for our guide to choosing the best snowplow for your unique needs.
Determine What Type of Plowing You Will Do
First thing’s first: before you go looking at the best plowing trucks or get knee-deep in snowplow installation tutorials, you need to decide what your goals are and what type of area you will be plowing. Are you going to be plowing wide open spaces? Or will you be plowing tight parking lots maneuvering around parked cars? The area you will be plowing will be one of the biggest in determining which plow to get.
Foster a Good Relationship with a Dealer
Just like a regular vehicle, a reliable snowplowing vehicle needs to be properly maintained. By fostering a good working relationship with a Hiniker snowplow dealer, you ensure that you get quality service and maintenance to keep your vehicle in working order for those winter storms. Dealers are also invaluable to the snowplow search process, so treat your dealer kindly, and they’ll hook you up later. Some important factors when selecting a dealer are: do they stock snowplow parts in their dealership and are they open during snowstorms? If you need a new part in a pinch, your dealer should be open and help you find what you need so you can get back out in the snow. Creating a relationship with your dealer from the start will ensure they will understand your situation and be able to help you throughout your snowplow’s life.
Consider Your Vehicle Type
If you’re trying to get into commercial snow plowing, you need a ¼ ton truck to do the job. You can match up your vehicle with our plows using this handy feature. Even with a ¾ or1 ton pickup, you will need to enter that into the truck configuration to make sure the plow is compatible with the plow you chose.
There are three types of blades to choose from mild steel, stainless steel, and poly. When it comes to plowing as a business, you can use any of those three types of blades. Here are the pros and cons of each:
- Poly: These blades are corrosion-free, scratch-resistant, and very slick so snow literally falls off. The metal frame is needed to support the poly blades.
- Mild Steel: This type of blade is supremely durable. Plow blades get beat up, and you want something that will prove reliable.
- Stainless Steel: Stainless steel will make your truck beautiful. It is also resistant to corrosion.
As with any other major purchase, at the end of the day, what snowplow you get will be determined by your budget. If you have a small budget but want to start plowing, start with blades you can attach to your current vehicle. This is also a great option to ensure that this is a job you enjoy before investing in a full snowplow vehicle.
With a larger budget, you have more freedom to look at the top of the line models and best plowing trucks. At this tier, you could be looking at up to $7,000 for the best plows and materials on the market.