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Anyone Use Polyethylene Cutting Edges

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Jaynen, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Just wondering if anyone has any experience with polyethylene (UHMW) cutting edges. Not polyurethane and not rubber. My main concern is wear life of a 1.5inch piece after doing 30 driveways and 3 parking lots. Will I make it through a season for roughly 15-20 outtings? Any other comments would be appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. msu1510

    msu1510 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 128

    i have one from cutting edge poly on a plow that does 1 aptartment complex and 8 resturants each night and its barely showing any wear. if you dont get 5 years out of it i would be surprised
     
  3. mrsnowman

    mrsnowman Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    We use all UHMW on our equipment. I have not replaced one in years. Don't buy polyurathane, they are junk and wear way too fast. They are cheaper though. To give you an idea, over 400 hours on one of my snow pushers with uhmw on a loader and we have only leved the thing out. Our trucks are the same way and we have never snapped one off. This is who we buy from. They are the cheapest. (Same as MSU1510) http://cuttingedgepoly.com. We used streamline, but they didn't use uhmw and they are pricy for polyurathane
    My guys all love them. Quiet and they scrape like metal. You won't be sorry.
     
  4. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Thanks for the responses. I know I am just over thinking it but every time I try to get info I get mixed reviews and always the term poly so I have no idea what they are talking about. But I have made my decision and I am gonna give UHMW a try.
     
  5. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    so, this type that you like will also scrape packed, (driven on) or the really wet snowball type of snow at least as well as a steel edge?
     
  6. snowtech

    snowtech Member
    Messages: 66

    that is why we switched to cutting edge poly's blades b/c we could not scrape clean with the rubber edges on our pushers. with their poly we are cleaning the snow pack as well as the trucks with steel blades, only the poly lasts way longer than the steel
     
  7. msu1510

    msu1510 Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 128

    yeah they scrape clean just gotta be careful where you get your poly blade from, some of them wear out way to fast. if you get the right one it will last a heck of a long time
     
  8. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    Thanks ! I really appreciate your opinion. I've been thinking it would be good to get away from damage tp blacktop drives and iron stains on concrete.
     
  9. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Ya thanks for the replies everyone.
     
  10. Cooter24

    Cooter24 Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 268

    Do these UHMW edges scrape as well as steel on truck mounted plows?
     
  11. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Ya thanks for the replies everyone.
     
  12. mrsnowman

    mrsnowman Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    yes they do and much quieter
     
  13. Mohegansun

    Mohegansun Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Ok ,What about parking Garages ? I work at a casino ,Which as you can amagine that people are allways coming in and out ,When we are done plowing we do the 5 parking garages .Managment wants me to put rubber edges on the plows but i dont want to change out the steel to rubber and back and forth ...So what can i use to plow our road and garges with the same blade ....We plow for hours at a time sometimes 30 hrs strieght?or more ...?
     
  14. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Rubber should be fine for everything. I don't think it can back drag though. Not sure if down pressure helps. I can show u a pic of my plow with the ethylene edge on it later tonite when I am done my lawns.
     
  15. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,551

    Anyone use these poly edges on an ATV blade?
     
  16. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Well heres my plow with the polyethylene edge on it. 8 foot piece by 1.5 inches thick that cost me $200 bucks. Its got 2.75 inches of wear. I read around online with guys sayin 2 inches of wear but that just seems like not enough. Put the 1/4 inch by 2 inch piece of steel that will hopefully hold it in place. You can see the plow has a nice big lip down there. I hope like hell this thing back drags okay cuz I got no down pressure. Almost done rebuilding this plow, man never again!

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    Last edited: Oct 12, 2010
  17. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    Was wondering guys, What are these like new? you know how a new steel edge hops until the bottom bevels out? What about the break in on these?
     
  18. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    You putting a deflector on your plow Jaynen?
     
  19. Jaynen

    Jaynen Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Ya got the deflector washer left to paint, then put the markers back on, gotta flush the hydros again and do the truck side wiring and I am done. Changed out the plow side wiring cuz a bunch of pins were broken. Using trailer hitch connections now.
     
  20. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

    Its what he have been using the last 8 years under all our blowers.