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Preping the blade surface

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Bob V, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. Does anyone prep the surface of the blade with anything? I have tryed waxing, silicone, armorall and still have snow sticking.

    My blade is 3 years old and the surface has no rust or heavy scratches.

    Any suggestions? Thanks
  2. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    I have been toying with the idea of one of those poly shields that bolt on,fairly cheap,anyone using these?
  3. greenquestlawn

    greenquestlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    I bought one of the poly shields for mine...it still sits under the bench, I just never got the time to mount it.

    I have been using Prestone Silicone Lubricant on my blade before each snow, It seems to work quite well. It is also cheap at $2.00 a can and I can spray the plow 4-5 times or more. I will probably mount the poly next year.
  4. Plow Babe

    Plow Babe Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    I have a SnoWay lexon blade, not sure if this is pretty much the same as a poly blade? It does roll the snow off better, but snow does still stick to it, and it is a "snowball dropper," the snow just sticks to it long enough to drop off in little balls and mess up your nice clean plowing job. And the wetter the snow, the more it sticks.
  5. snowflake

    snowflake Member
    Messages: 86

    no idea if it works or not but hear off some using pam or something like that the no stick spray you put in fryin pan.

    :drinkup: :drinkup:
  6. noclevername

    noclevername Member
    Messages: 30

    Had good luck with silicone spray as well. Make sure you get the one that dries, not the one that stays wet as a lubricant.
  7. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    There are spray products out for those of us in the lawn biz to help keep clippings from sticking to the decks. I remember seeing a couple of these companies announcing that they would be coming out with products for snow plow applications. This was a couple of years ago now so I would guess they got them on the market by now.

    Arc burn,
    I installed a poly shield onto an old beat up rusted plow & it worked wonders at rolling snow & keeping it from sticing to the mold board. It was glue on as opposed to bolt on that you mention. Got it from one of the online suppliers and was worth the 60.00 or so bucks.
  8. drobson

    drobson Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I use spray silicone, it seems to work ok, but needs to be reapplied before each use for best results.
  9. Plowzer

    Plowzer Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    We have been using bars of ski-wax on the plows. I think it works really well. It lasts for about 2-5 snow events , depending how much and the type of snow that is pushed. It can be a PITA to apply. It just takes more effort to rub it on but it lasts alot longer than any spray. That souned like a Viagra commercial:rolleyes:
  10. Pickering snow removal

    Pickering snow removal Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    BRL what kind of glue did you use to hold the poly insert on i have one sitting in the shop i too think it would be a better looking job with no holes just wondering what kinda stuff will adhere the best

    regards fred
  11. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    That plow put in a 200 or so hours of abusive plowing that season, and by the end the plastic was peeling off in spots. The glue I used was the glue they shipped with it, and I don't remember what it was. Now you're going to get me in trouble with some here, or maybe they'll be happy to hear the dreaded word used for a different subject... If I was to put one on a plow now I would use Polyurethane Premium Construction Adhesive. I have used this stuff for all kinds of applications (landscaping\construction) and it works well. Adheres to metal, plastic, stone, concrete, wood, vinyl, etc. etc. Comes in tubes that you use caulk guns to install. PL is one brand I have here, Liquid Nails makes one and so do several other brands. Just get the ones labeled Outdoor & Heavy Duty construction adhesive and it should work fine.
  12. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    BRL,I only thought i saw bolts in the picture but now that you mention it,they said it uses an adhesive,i guess the main reason i did not buy one is because all the pictures i saw had them mounted on Meyers or full trip plows with the poly tucked under the cutting edge,i run Fishers and wondered if the shield would stay on?
  13. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    I spray mine with Pam and the snow doesnt stick.
    Reapply as needed.
  14. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    If the snow sticking becomes a noticible annoyance on my Fisher I wouldn't hesitate to put one on there. I believe when I bought it they sold them specifically for the different brands. So the Fisher one would be the correct width to fit the Fisher mold board? If not, they are easy to cut, so I would just cut it to end at the end of the mold board, & not the mold board & trip edge. Go for it. Worse thing that can happen is it peels off, partly or all the way. Just put it back on or get a new one if needed. Unless it happens right away, then maybe don't try it again with another purchase. Also, I forgot, it is important to use the glue in warmer temps, so it would improve performance greatly to get the plow into a heated garage for a day or 2 before & after gluing to get best results.

    LI Mike,
    Save a lot of money & go to a Sam's Club or BJ's or other such store. Buy a six pack of the commercial cooking spray in the catering or food supplies section. Its the same or better than Pam, but the 6 cans will cost as much as 1 or 2 cans of Pam. Lawn guys, use that to treat the mowing decks to keep clippings from sticking as much.
  15. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    LOL!,Maybe dump Pam in a windshield wash resevoir and route the hose to the front of your blade........I might be on to something here,or maybe i'm just plain on something:confused:
  16. apkole

    apkole Member
    Messages: 75

    Many years ago, on a planet far, far away . . .

    A "plow wax" product could be purchased in 1 gal. cans. We used to paint it on with a brush. Haven't been able to find it in the last 10 years or so.

  17. MLB

    MLB Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I still think

    good ole automotive paste wax works the best.
  18. Ben

    Ben Member
    Messages: 62

    I had my blade rhino lined snow does not stick at all. I had it sprayed on smooth not textured. Try it.
  19. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    Ben, I'd like to see a pic of that if you get a chance!I think it has been discussed here but never heard anymore?What color?
  20. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,037

    The previous owner of my plow had it rhinolined (smooth). However, it was sprayed on white on the back and grey on the front. I had to sand it lightly to paint it (red). Even with the coat of paint on it, the blade seems to roll pretty well, and the snow seldom sticks, unless of course it is a very wet snow. I would have left just the rhinoliner, but did not want the blade to be white, for safety reasons.