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Plow Curb Gaurds

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Duncan IN, Dec 14, 2001.

  1. Duncan IN

    Duncan IN Member
    Messages: 36

    How many of you run curb gaurds on your plow? I just bought a 8'2" Boss V and I ordered curb Gaurds for the blade. $100.00 each right now I only have one for the right side. I will get the other one later dealer only ordered one. Why I don't know.

    Is it worth it to have the curb gaurds? The gaurd is really heavy duty and looks like it would do its job. Looks like with both gaurds on, it would at 2 inches to each side.

    Opinions Please
    :confused:

    I have a pic, it just won't let me upload it right now
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2001
  2. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I about choked when I saw the price of curb guards. So when we switched to urethane edges, we let the edge run past the plow 2" and *poof* instant curb protection. Unlike steel guards the urethane will abosorb impact and not grind away at the curbing material. It also wont leave rust trails on the curbs. I have seen many garnit curbs with rust trails running along them from the steel edge.
    Dino
     
  3. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 315

    It's cheapest to order 9.2 edge and cut it down leaving about 1-2" longer than the plow.

    This will protect the plow and not cost any money.
     
  4. Duncan IN

    Duncan IN Member
    Messages: 36

    Is there a web site on the net that will show me some pics of these urethane edges?
     
  5. PINEISLAND1

    PINEISLAND1 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 664

    I have a pair of those curb gaurds laying on my garage floor, haven't used them since I bought the urethane. If I had known how much they cost new, I would have sold them by now on Ebay!:D



    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1495058&a=11284837&p=56540843">
     
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2001
  6. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    urethane edge closeup

    Here's a picture of the u-edge on one of our plows. Not the most distinct but you can see the edge hangs past the blade, 3" in this case. I beveled the end of the edge on a 45 so that the front is what makes contact with the blade angled away from the curbline. I also gave a couple short section to my Sno-way dealer to put out for trials. They just bolt on over the steel cutting edge and the user loves them.

    View attachment urethane closeup.jpg
     
  7. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

  8. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Alan
    I love the phone number on your blade.....
    I put my name and phone on my blade but wondered if the vinyl stays on the blade with the snow..... mine came off last year And I had to re letter it... any sugjestions...
     
  9. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    The Lexan skin being clear, those numbers are on the back of the skin, reverse cut so they look right from the front. I doubt they would last long on the front. Interetingly enough, while some folks wonder if the Lexan is strong enough for a plow skin, the vinyl gets all cracked from the pounding the Lexan takes but the Lexan never seems to show much abuse.
     
  10. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    that explais it.......
    I never second guessed lexan. I used to build alot of custom machinery we allways used lexan as the guards..... i have seen 1/8" lexan stop a 26" grinding wheel at 2,500 RPM from exploding out the sides of the machinery and really injure someone. I also have used it up to 1.5" thick...... really stiff stuff!
     
  11. plowjockey

    plowjockey PlowSite.com Sponsor
    Messages: 622

    Roundy rounder stoack cars on the smaller circuits use lexan for the windhsields.

    Bruce
     
  12. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    I know Caddilac used Lexan for windshields in the late 80's. Because of that, they put the state inspection decal on the driver's door window. When I worked at the high school years ago, they had a sign out front, the type where you open the "glass" and change the letters to say whatever. One year, on mischief night, kids used duct tape, and taped an M-80 to the center of the sign. Lit the fuse and ran. The M-80 didn't crack the Lexan. It melted a fist sized, fist shaped bubble in the Lexan about 2" deep, but didn't crack it. This was only 1/4" thick too.

    I also know someone who had a Sno Way Lexan model, and he hit a 2" x 4" that was laying in the snow with the butt end against a curb. It punched a clean fist sized hole in the Lexan. Needless to say, one call to Sno Way, and he had a free replacement moldboard there by the end of the week.

    ~Chuck
     
  13. SCAPEASAURUSREX

    SCAPEASAURUSREX Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 196

    Back to the topic...

    Plow curb guards........ Do they work ? I want to use one with a urethane edge , but set them upside down so that the guard does not contact the ground but provides protection to the mold board in case of clipping a curb or rubbing one.. When back dragging , cant see that the urethane hanging over will do much good , youll be banging the moldboard along the curb.... SO therefore.. whats everyones expeirinces with the curb guards.. Alos I dound them for $22.00 each from winter products company.. So come on.. lets get this thread movin again....
     
  14. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    A bit off topic - or back to the lexan. Chuck... I'm glad your friend got a replacement for their lexan. I'm little bitter about SnoWay. We own 5 SnoWay's and we've been through a number of lexan mulboards over the years. SnoWay has yet to warranty one of them. I think they warranty a new blade for one year and the lexan for two years. Well, they didn't stand behind the lexan warranty. I may be wrong, but I think they'll warranty new lexan purchased as a replacement for one year as well. They didn't warranty these replacements either. My dealer told me it was warrantied against cracking - not punctures. And since it appeared my mulboard had been struck by an object they called it a puncture not a crack.
     
  15. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Curb guards can be made from an old carbide edge.Nice thing is they already have the bolt holes drilled in them.Cut off a piece to bolt on the front (preferably with two bolts),and then either bend it 90 degrees or cut it and weld a piece back on the side.I usually double up a piece on the out side for more wear as we scrape the curbs pretty hard.It also saves the carbide on the plow from wearing on the outside edges as you now have double the thickness.You may need longer carriage bolts to mount them.

    As far as the lexan for the snoways,we have had problems with cracks and punctures too,and no luck with warranty.My solution was to get a thicker piece from home depot,and cut it myself.The thicker lexan has held up quite well with no breakage yet (two seasons).It is a little tougher to get on,but well worth the effort.We can now play shopping cart hockey without the fear of busting the lexan. :)

    If you don't want to replace it due to a small crack you can "stitch" it back together.Drill small holes on either side of the crack,and one at the end of the crack to stop it from running further.Then use thin wire and sew the crack together.Don't laugh,it works.