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Anne Brower

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3 Problems Contractors Face When Using Low-Bid Blades

While it can be tempting to grab a cheap plow blade, especially if you are mechanically inclined, doing so can cause big problems for your plow business and cost you way more over time. 

Also known as “low-bid blades,” cheap plow blades give you exactly what you pay for.  However, in an industry that can experience freezing temperatures, extremely harsh wind chills, and long sleepless nights, blade quality is not something to skimp on. 

Here are three problems low-bid blades can cause that negatively affect your operation.

This entry was posted in low bid blades, contractors on October 16, 2018 by Anne Brower

What Does Ice Do To Your Roads?

Ice keeps drinks nice and cold on a hot day, but come winter, it is one of the most dangerous issues facing DOTs on our nation’s roadways.

This entry was posted in ice, damages, low bid blades on September 25, 2018 by Anne Brower

3 Avoidable Things That Cause Low-Bid Blades to Severely Damage Roads

A lot of factors contribute to road damage during the snow season. While some are unavoidable like time, traffic, temperature and precipitation, others are avoidable – at least to an extent.

Damage becomes worse when you use low-bid snow plow blades that are poorly made and don’t do your road surface any favors. Here are some things you can avoid in order to decrease pavement deterioration and keep your road maintenance and repairs down next spring.

This entry was posted in low bid blades, blades, road maintenance on September 4, 2018 by Anne Brower

How an Incorrect Attack Angle Can Cause Road Damage

Let’s be honest. Low-bid blades are the worst. In fact, that only thing that worse than low-bid blades is probably spring and summer road maintenance.

There are several steps you can take to decrease the amount of road maintenance in your district. Above all, you can ditch low-bid blades. But you can also double-chec k other elements like your attack angle.
This entry was posted in attack angle, low bid blades, road maintenance on August 21, 2018 by Anne Brower

Right Blade, Wrong Installation

You’ve invested in a high-quality plow blade, you’re confident it will last all season, and you’re ready to fit it to your machine. But after your first trip out of the garage, it still breaks! What gives?

Sometimes you might have the right blade, but your installation process is still a little off. Here are seven common installation mistakes mechanics make and what you can do to prevent them.

This entry was posted in low bid blades, Installation Tips on August 14, 2018 by Anne Brower

Land Grading: Tips for Using Road Graders

According to The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics, 35% of all roads in the United States are unpaved as of 2012. That equates to 1.42 million miles of road!

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Graders, Milling Tools, Tips on July 31, 2018 by Anne Brower

5 Best Practices for Dealing With Road Obstacles

 

Staying safe when dealing with road maintenance is tough! Whether you are cleaning up potholes form a nasty winter or grading rural roads, hidden obstacles are everywhere! Here are five things to look for tips on how to stay safe when maintaining the roads in your area.

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools on July 24, 2018 by Anne Brower

The Snowplow Bid Process: Getting the Right People at the Table

This entry was posted in Bid process, Tips on July 17, 2018 by Anne Brower

Doubling Up on Blades to Extend Their Life? Yikes!

Wear life is a huge priority during the winter months for plow blades. Having longer wear life means less blade changes in sub zero weather in the middle of a job, lower overall replacement costs, and reduces safety concerns. 

This entry was posted in plow bolt, snowplow blades, Tips on July 10, 2018 by Anne Brower

Carbide-Tipped Road Grading Systems Outperform Standard Blades

Gravel roads have 3 main elements.

  1. A crowned driving surface
  2. A shoulder area that slopes directly away from the edge of the driving surface
  3. A ditch

The basic shape of the cross section must be correct, or a gravel road will not perform well, even under very low traffic. 

This entry was posted in road maintenance, Milling Tools, Graders on July 3, 2018 by Anne Brower
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