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Push boxes, with or without trip?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,905

    Im assuming that rubber cutting edges are in place because they dont need a trip mechanism, and steel ones all have the trip edge? Is one much better than the other since ive always heard so far that most run the rubber edges?

    We are looking to get a Protech push box locally, a company has a bunch, for the same price theyll give us either an 8 or 10' model, at that rate, id take the 10' even though its a little too big in capacity for our JD tractor. Im not looking to max it out and push a mountain of snow with it into huge piles, i can always quick tach the 84" snow bucket back on for that later.

    Pushing 2-12" though the 10' box should be fine, its only 150lbs heavier than the 8' model.
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    After having both I would never own rubber again, steel trip is the answer if you can afford it. JMO
     
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    steel , i fabricated one up myself.... it would eat the rubber alive
     
  4. big pusher

    big pusher Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 129

    I agree with JD. I own 2 rubber edge protechs and all future boxes will be steel trip edges.
     
  5. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,905

    Whats the down side of rubber? i thought its supposed to "squeegie" the snow/water off better, not be so rough on the machine or the surface? Are there problems with performance or are they rough on the machine or just wear out the rubber fast if its not wet out?
     
  6. mike ward

    mike ward Member
    Messages: 79

    We have 4 protech rubber edge and just bought an arctic segmented plow and 2 avalanche trip edge steel. With just a year of box plowing we feel the rubber just leaves too much on the lot to re-freeze and become a sheet of ice. We'll see how it works out with 3 different types of plowes and 3 different edge types.


    Mike
     
  7. big pusher

    big pusher Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 129

    Very true Mike. The rubber edge IMO causes us to waste salt and at today's prices I can't afford to be wasting salt.
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    I also agree with Mike, steel trip will save you money in the long run, hands down. Anyone that says rubber is better doesn't even own a steel trip.
     
  9. mike ward

    mike ward Member
    Messages: 79

    We only got 1.5" so far but used a couple different boxes around the shop and the Arctic segmented box cleans and follows the contours better that a same size rubber edge. I'm impressed so far.


    Mike