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Lexan is not holding up for me.

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by larry newman, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. larry newman

    larry newman Member
    Messages: 45

    Last season, I broke the 1/8 skin, and replaced it. Then that broke, so I put a piece of 3/16" on the little plow...not an easy feat, due to the stiffness of the sheet and the tight curve of the 18" plow. End of story...heavy duty........:confused:

    Last night, what I THOUGHT was my last plow sheet cracked horizontally across its entire length, but held together to let me finish.

    O.K., so I'm rough on stuff...:yow!: Piling snow as high as the Jeep....

    Now for my NEXT last sheet- and what should it be ? Stainless ? Polypropylene ? This is getting a bit expensive, and at only 1/2 the season gone...the last 3/16" cost me about $90 and was a pain to mount. This one's going to my welder/fab guy for mounting assistance.

    Basher - What's a good spec. for something bulletproof ? Can stainless be loose mounted like the plastic ?
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  2. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    With the tight radius of the 18" blade the 1/8" material is actually stronger than 3/16".

    The thicker material can not move and flex, and is already over stressed due to the radius it is put in.
  3. CarCrazed4Life

    CarCrazed4Life Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    it will probably last longer to put 2 thinner layers of lexan then one thicker layer. Make sure no petroleum products touch the lexan. I found out that my first one had a petroleum based product used on my water repellant crap I put on the lexan to prevent snow from sticking. Fake Rain X knock off!!!

    Anyways, you could try Stainless, it might work.
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    1/8 inch Lexan is the deal. You can have a sheet of something rolled. The 3/16 was a mistake as Toby4492 stated not enough flex. Charlie is correct also, you do have to be "poly" savvy. No Petroleum based products, consider some UV protection for the summer and careful what you chose as a cleaning agent.

    How many years did the first one last?
  5. larry newman

    larry newman Member
    Messages: 45

    I bought the plow last year, broke the original plastic, replaced with 1/8"...broke that , replaced with 3/16"...all last season.

    This season, I'd like to redo it so's it lasts longer. Like forever, or at least a couple years. Plus, I want to get another complete unit [Jeep/Sno-Way] next season.

    No petroleum products were used...I use Plexus cleaner, the same as for my motorcycle windshield and faceshields.

    " A sheet of something rolled."..you are referring to metal? What gauge for metal? Can it be loose mounted like plastic?
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  6. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,317

    I would go with stainless. It can be rolled and loose mounted like the lexan. In fact it has to be loose mounted. I believe though it gets holes drilled into it at the top to attach it to the moldboard. Doesn't use the steel strip. I'll have to look at mine, can't quite remember. I have an older 25 series plow with the painted steel skin. Has been fine, but it starting to rust some. The stainless won't rust and will look sexy. You won't like the price, but you should only have to buy it once. Get it rolled and get them to over roll it slightly. Will go in much easier that way.
  7. larry newman

    larry newman Member
    Messages: 45

    So what is rolled, and how can I describe this to my fab guy in case the dealer price is exorbitant, assuming they even make a SS moldboard for the ST18.

    Any idea what gauge the SS skin is?
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    It should be loose mounted the "rattle" helps it shed snow.

    "rolling" a sheet if material is how they get it to maintain the arched shape. Any shop capable of providing you with one will know what you are talking about.
  9. larry newman

    larry newman Member
    Messages: 45

    Basher - what gauge metal should be used ?
  10. larry newman

    larry newman Member
    Messages: 45

    new skin

    1 pc. of 16 ga. SS 14.25" x 79.5" , 4 huge clamps 1 7foot steel bar, and it's on! Steel sheet $130, shop labor to get it on: 1 hour [ at my Sno-Way dealer, Southside Trailer, Tonawanda NY ]. Great buncha guys.

    Would have been easier to get it rolled, but the sheet metal shop could only do 4' wide. They suggested brake bends, but this way, a smooth curve is maintained.

    Good to go !

    Thanks to all for support !
  11. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    I am one of the biggest fans of sno-way you will find around her'e. I run a 9' HT and an 8' 29, next season i will be adding a 29 series, skid steer QA plow to run on my kubota. That being said, i would never run lexan. I know how strong it is and all about the other advantages, i perfer the steele moldboard, not the stainless, the standard steele.
  12. nbenallo33

    nbenallo33 Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    if you have lights on the plow just go with the mild steel skin and be done with it
  13. 78W200

    78W200 Member
    Messages: 62

    Hey Larry I am kinda in the same boat your are, I busted a hole in my lexan blade last night. I have a 7' 6" 25 series. This is the first skin that I have busted. I called the dealer they quoted me 185.00 for the lexan and 385.00 for the SS. I forgot the ask about the steel one. Does snow stick to the stainless skin or does it slide of like the lexan?
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    It does not slide as well as the lexan. It sheds better if it can "rattle" a little. That is the only issue with using the "pull it in to shape" method as opposed to rolling the sheet.
  15. 78W200

    78W200 Member
    Messages: 62

    Ok, I will be rolling the stainless if I decide to go that way. I will have to wait and see what a friend of mine can get the stainless for from his work before I know what i am going to do for sure. Any downsides to the starinless other than cost?
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2009