The cutting edge used to clear away snow and ice during a weather event does matter and not all are created equal. In this post, we’ll take a look at two common blade options – steel and rubber. We’ll address the features, benefits, and challenges associated with both.
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When you purchase a rubber cutting edge, the blade isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. There is an ecosystem of equipment and accessories that allow the cutting edge to function with the highest efficacy.
If your municipality is exploring new options in cutting edges for the next winter season, perhaps it’s time to consider rubber.
It’s easy to write off rubber blades. They’re typically twice as expensive as steel and are often dismissed as wearing away too quickly, but there’s more to rubber than meets the eye.
Here are a few reasons why rubber blades may be your best bet for the next big weather event to hit your area:
Unsure which size cutting edge will fit your snowplow? Head on over to Winter® Equipment’s Blade Measuring Guide. It will walk you through all the steps to getting that perfect pairing.You can visit the measuring guide here.
Cutting edge uneven blade wear can occur due to road crowning patterns (like heavy crowning in the center of the road) or unforgiving curb types. Because of this, proper placement of blade guards is crucial.While investments like long-lasting cutting edge blades can help, there are some quick and easy ways to avoid this problem.
A trip edge is a mechanism that allows the plow to “trip” or tip when it encounters a road obstruction, so it can glide over without getting damaged.
Trip edge wear can occur when a snowplow is driven too fast over areas of the road with obstructions (like potholes or manhole covers). The problem usually presents itself in the form of broken blades, moldboard damage or heavy impact to the front of the plow.
Unfortunately, trip edge repair is often a necessary evil for anyone who operates a snowplow. In this post, we’ll explore prevention-based solutions to this problem.
"Why is my snowplow cutting edge blade broken," you ask? Cutting edge breakage typically occurs when blades repeatedly encounter road obstructions like bridge abutments, manhole covers, or drains. When drivers move too quickly over these road obstructions, the possibility of a break will increase. It can also occur when hardware is not installed correctly from the start.
Rather than focusing on driver training, in this post we’ll explore how to keep your cutting edge from breaking due to hardware issues.
What is a snowplow attack angle? This is the angle at which the snowplow blade hits the ground. The correct angle can positively influence snow and ice removal. It will also allow your blades, guards, and shoes to hit the ground correctly and will result in higher performance and longer blade wear life.