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Deflectors?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by trustyrusty, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. trustyrusty

    trustyrusty Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    What percentage of you guys run deflectors? In the picture threads I see some bare plows but a lot of plows with rubber deflectors. The poly deflectors don't seem to be too popular.

    When I started plowing 8 years ago the Western straight plow I bought had a very super heavy rubber deflector. I found that in wet, heavy snow instead of allowing the snow to roll it would come up under the heavy deflector and just stop, then as is built up the plow would start to ride up on the snow and I would leave a layer on the ground, especially when pushing straight. I finally took it off and have had a lot better luck without it.

    However, I see so many guys running them that I wonder if maybe mine was just too heavy, and a lighter on would be a good idea. I do know for sure that you can't go as fast without it.

    Input, anyone?
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    It would depend on how often you are plowing wet heavy snow vs light and fluffy.
    And some blades need a deflector mor than others. Old school Fisher wasn't bad but the XV needed the deflector badly. IMO....
     
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,163

    I run deflectors on both plows, some of the drives I do require a little bit of speed to get up them. In heavy snows they have to be plowed from the top down, you just can't push the heavy stuff up some of the hills here with a truck.
    Building contractors used to hire me to do subdivision roads before they were assumed by the Town, and if you got going a good speed you couldn't see anything through what ended up on your windsheild, the deflectors helped with that. Otherwise it just felt painfully slow.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  4. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    i had the super heavy deflector you speak of on a 8 foot western. i then went to a much lighter material and am very happy with it. there is a picture of it here - see thread number 89 on page number 5.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=91106&page=5

    in fact, i still have a roll of it around and will sell you a peice cheap. PM me if interested. i got more pics somewhere too...
     
  5. IC-Smoke

    IC-Smoke Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    If you plow over 10mph they are a good idea! I wouldnt own a blade without one! Thumbs Up
     
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    i saw one, i think on a city plow, that was hard plastic that curled down. it looked interesting. has anyone used this type of thing?
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    I would be interested.
     
  8. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,244

    Most defiantly......I plow roads, parking lots and a few resi's. My Meyer came with a 6" poly deflector and I went to a 12" rubber deflector to deal with the blow over from plowing roads up to 20-25mph.
     
  9. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,946

    I've never run one before this year.


    I'll let you know how it works out... if we ever get any snow. Everyone says they don't ever go back once you've owned one.... so we'll see.


    BTW, your freaking avatar is really disturbing and I can't help but think you have kids that are Meth heads.


    [​IMG]
     
  10. RefinedPS

    RefinedPS Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    I agree. Deflectors are a must have if you do any large size lots. Keeps snow from blowing over the plow onto your windshield.
     
  11. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,851

    I have them on both my plows, get a real thick piece of rubber, I don't trust those molded ones.
     
  12. bliz&hinikerDLR

    bliz&hinikerDLR Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    Don't run them on our Blizzards ... just don't seem to need them. We plow parking lots though. I'm sure plowing roads & maybe long drives would probably warrant one.
     
  13. trustyrusty

    trustyrusty Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    I hope you're smart enough to realize that isn't a real photo of me, LOL!
     
  14. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    thats a really pretty truck