When the snow starts to fall, Professional Snow Removal Contractors need the right equipment to get the job done. When you’re shopping for a snowplow, remember that there are a few major considerations that will help you find the best option for your needs. The snowplow material, snowplow shape, and truck size are factors that you should keep in mind with so many snowplow options available.
Choose the Plow Material
Snowplows come in different materials, and each type has its benefits. The material options are the following:
- Polyurethane – Polyurethane is appealing because snow slides off the blade instead of sticking, so there is no need to constantly get out of your truck to remove the snow stuck to the blades. These plows also hold strong against dents and scratches during use so even over time its color stays looking great.
- Mild steel – There are two types of steel used in making snowplows. Mild steel is the classic snowplow material. It is typically welded to the moldboard farm adding structural strength to the moldboard. It is heavy-duty and able to withstand lots of use without getting damaged.
- Stainless steel – Stainless steel is the smoother of the two, which helps snow slide off more easily. It has a sleek, appealing look. It’s resistant to corrosion, making it a durable choice.
Plow Shape Types
The two traditional snowplow blade shapes are straight blades and v-shaped blades. Straight blades look like a straight line and push all the snow in one direction. The angle can be adjusted so that they can push the snow to the left, to the right, or even directly forward. V-Plows are well suited to multiple plowing functions. In the V-positon, they are used to break through deep snow, pushing it off to either side. With the wings extended forward in the scoop position, a V-plow will capture and move snow. With the wings in the left or right angle positions, it acts like a conventional straight-blade plow, windrowing snow to either side.
The Hiniker C-Plow is a straight blade with enhanced backdragging capability. The “c” stands for “convertible.” With the touch of a button, the plow converts from a full-function conventional plow to a high capacity rearward facing backdrag plow.
Hiniker also has a Scoop Plow. Its unique concave shape captures even more snow than a V-plow does in the scoop position. This provides greater capacity, less spillage, and faster, more efficient clean-up, all while retaining full right and left angle plowing capability.
Find a Plow That Fits Your Truck
Choosing a snowplow for pickup truck vehicles means you need to think about what size would fit your truck best. Your truck’s size, year, and make will affect the size you need to install. The bigger your truck, the larger the plow size you can attach.
Plows can weigh up to about 1,000 pounds, so it’s important to stay within your truck’s capabilities. Truck manufacturers determine plow compatibility based on factors such as front axle weight rating, braking capacity, and steering gear capacity. Suspension modifications are sometimes used to restore ride height.
Hiniker Company has a wide range of snowplow attachments for your truck, of all sizes and materials. Use our Match My Truck guide to find the options that will best fit your truck, or contact your local Hiniker dealer today.
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