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Poly snow plow

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by bull dozer, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. bull dozer

    bull dozer Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Anybody have anything good or bad to say about poly blades for commercial work
     
  2. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    Aside from being sick of a straight blade, mine has been really good to me. Rolls the snow nice, no rust, light on the truck. It's a little light for scraping up ice or hard-packed snow, but I'd look at a poly for my next plow, again.

    *EDIT - Didn't notice this was in the Western section. Mine's a Meyer poly, but the comments still apply I think.
     
  3. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,524

    I have an 8' poly on my personal truck and an 8.5 poly mvp at wrok. Would love to see western make a 9' poly. then I'd have no steel plows at work.
     
  4. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Where I work we also build the big highway plows with the huge wings and they too use poly. As with the little westerns, they still have the same steel cutting edge and metal frame. As said above they are light and the moldboard never rusts. I have never seen a poly western that needed the moldboard replaced so that is a good indication to me. I see no reason why they would not be just as good as metal.
     
  5. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    poly blades are heaver then steel
     
  6. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    they dont do well for heavy use ........... ribs crack and brake
     
  7. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Weight is totally dependant on the type of plow. On the big wings the whole reason for using poly is to reduce the weight. In both cases, metal and poly, it depends on the thickness. Of course half an inch of poly is heavier than 1/16" sheet metal. It may be on these small plows that the polys have heavier metal frames than the metal moldboards too.
     
  8. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

  9. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Between Steel and poly on 7.5 plow there only 24 lbs difference And poly is the heavier plow person would think it be lighter

    In 8ft plow difference is 22lbs poly is heavier plow
     
  10. bull dozer

    bull dozer Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    the steel ribs crack & break or the poly breaks when your using for heavy use
     
  11. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    That is interesting, perhaps that's why there are so few real old polys around?
     
  12. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    If weight isn't a factor, then at least I don't have any rust on the blade. I'm sure plenty of guys use their plows harder than me, but mine has held up just fine. Even got backed into with a trailer once, gouged a corner, but didn't bend or crack or anything. If the wieght is the same, what is the advantage of steel blades? Just curious.
     
  13. Yooper75

    Yooper75 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Just every Poly blade plow I have seen up here is tweaked from using them for "heavy" commercial plowing. My friends dad has a 8'-2" BOSS V on his 03 Duramax that has tweaked right wing from plowing camp roads and long driveways and he has told me that if he didn't need the poly to be able to throw the snow as far back as it does he would own a all steel blade. Heck I've even tweaked my all steel Pro Plow when I had it given it wasn't tweaked all that bad but it was still tweaked and I'm no where near as hard on my equipment as some. The majority of the plows I see on trucks where I live are steel.
     
  14. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,243

    Cwby ram... I think the advantage of the steel blade is that it is easier to form and fasten. Poly can't be welded so it has to be bolted or clamped. Sheet steel can be rolled to fit where as poly can be quite difficult to get to fit in place on a curved moldboard especially when they are being installed on those big highway plows. Steel blades are pretty much a lifetime thing but poly does have to be replace from time to time.
     
  15. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    That makes sense. All good points. I'm pretty happy with mine. I'm careful when I plow, but it certainly gets used hard. So far so good!