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Aluminum Snow Plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by procut, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Why has no one thought of this? I know it would be more costly, thats the only reason I can think of but it seems like it would be worth it. I mean half the weight and twice the strength of steel plus it would never rust. Or does someone make one and I've just never seen it?
     
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,164

    Twice the strength of steel? :confused:

    To bulky and the cost.
     
  3. .5racer

    .5racer Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    As a welder , and seeing alum trailers come in all the time ,,I would not even try to make one from alum , . I have made 2 from steel and thats way better program
     
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Crete is right. By the time you made it the plow would have to be like 6 inches thick to be twice as strong as steel. The cost on that would be outrageous.
     
  5. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,037

    Aluminum has no typical endurance limit, meaning that the greater number of stress cycles, the lower the stress needs to be after each cycle to induce failure.
     
  6. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,141

    With the right grade of aluminium it could be done and just as strong as steel but the price would be killer. The company i used to wrok for made aluminum shoes for press dies, those would withstand thousands of tons of pressure, in a high speeed press production. But the price isn't favorable. lol Salt and aluminum don't like each other either.
     
  7. 94chevy2500

    94chevy2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    a 4x8 sheet of aluminum is like $800+ then add in the laber cost to build it, then they have to make a profit to sell to dealers then the dealers need to make profit, by that time u would be looking at alot of money just for a 8 foot straite blade lol
     
  8. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Aluminum cracks. Especially in cold weather.
     
  9. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    and you want weight to let the blade bit down threw the snow/crap to do its work. aluminum would float over top a lot more.

    oh ya and the salt factor on aluminum. ya like that will last. :dizzy:
     
  10. cotter

    cotter Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 182

    Aluminum may not 'rust' but it sure as hell does corrode, especially with salt. Funny thing is it usually looks OK til it is ready to fall apart.

    Chad