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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

The Best Way to Avoid Springtime Road Maintenance

If you know Winter®, you know we’re out to educate our industry on how to make road clearing and maintenance more efficient.

This entry was posted in winter equipment company, road maintenance, low bid blades on October 9, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

How Improper Torque Leads to More Road Maintenance

Let’s get into the nuts and bolts (so to speak) of snow plow blade installation! When you’re tightening and applying pressure to your hardware, it’s formally known as torque.

This entry was posted in low bid blades, torque on October 2, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

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

The Easiest Way to Reduce Your Salt Usage This Winter

Since the 1940s, U.S. road maintenance departments have been spreading salt on streets and highways to melt snow and ice. It’s not a new phenomenon, but the rate of use has gone up astronomically from about 0.15 metric tons (0.16 tons) per year during the 1940s to about 18 million metric tons (19.8 million tons) per year today.

This entry was posted in salt, chemicals, low bid blades on September 18, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

How to Use Fewer Chemicals on Your Roads

This entry was posted in chemicals, low bid blades on September 11, 2018 by Elissa Tennant

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
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