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Rubber edge vs Steel edge on push boxes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mullis56, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    All of our push boxes have rubber on them now, and it is torn/ripped etc after a 12"/13" snow storm we had. If we switch to steel next year what issues will we have? Issues with ripping up parking lots? Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Watch out yelow

    Watch out yelow Member
    Messages: 35

    We find that the steel cutting edges on the pushers will do a better job at scraping packed snow and ice. Since most of the time this is the material we are dealing with we prefer the steel edges. Only once or twice a year do i wind up saying to myself that the rubber edge would have cleaned up better. With quickly melting and sloppy slush material the rubber cleans better. Hands down the steel edges outperform the rubbers in my area. We have not noticed any damage thus far caused by using a steel edge. But the edge you use must be able to trip.
     
  3. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I'm switching to steel next season. The rubber is good for the slop, but we get a lot more hardpack here.
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    I would never run a steel edge on a large pusher without a trip. It took us a few years to get rid of all our rubber pushers but I'm so glad now. You couldn't give me a rubber edged pusher now, steel trip is the only way to go period.
     
  5. mullis56

    mullis56 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 824

    Can we convert Avalache with RE to steel trip?
     
  6. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    How well would a steel edge work on slush?
     
  7. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470


    weld in a roll type pin and attach cuttin edge to that with springs attached to that would work id think. ive got a few ideas ill draw something up for ya 2 see.
     
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We've converted multiple blades from rubber to steel and they worked fine and the price was right because we did it ourselves. If you have to pay a shop to build your trip edge you probably better just to sell them and buy new. JMO
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Rubber is better on slush but not by much. Steel trip will out perform a rubber edge 99% of the time. Rubber was a good idea but steel trip is the answer.
     
  10. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    anychance you wanna send some pics of how you did it see if im thinking right or not?
     
  11. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Subscribing
     
  12. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    i don't have a 12 -14 ft pusher it's only 10ft w/ a rubber edge for RR tracks we need to go over but i think i might buy a sweeper attachment to do the tracks and convert my rubber to steel trip. parts might be more readily avaiable for a 10 foot but to save time and work i was going to buy a steel trip for say a 10 foot boss plow then adapt it with the necessary springs ect to fit my pusher. i could actually buy all BOSS parts and make it work and probably cheap if i surf the net
     
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    This is a bad picture but this is the system we copied. We made our hinge out of 1" shaft and 1" id thick walled pipe. This trip system is the easiest to be made. IMO

    20.jpg
     
  14. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    you have any better pics than that JD? I think i want to convert two or three of my rubber edges over to steel this summer.
     
  15. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    you say copied....i can't make out the brand, maybe i can go to their site for better pics. did you have a basic hardened steel edge made then weld on the 1 " shafts to the steel edge (i'm guessing?) and fit the springs?
    steve
     
  16. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    What length would you cap it at Dave?
    Think a 12 footer is to big for no trip edge.
     
  17. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    i am in the process of doing a couple of trips, i have done one, didn't like it, and redesigned it again, you would be surprised how easy it is once you start throwing ideas out there
     
  18. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    I would love to see and hear how this is done
     
  19. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    You only need to clip the top of a manhole cover once to answer that question.

    I've had both also, and as Dave says you couldnt give me a rubber edged pusher.

    IMO steel trip edge is mandatory-no matter what size pusher.
     
  20. Sticks

    Sticks Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 159

    yeah, never again will i own a rubber one