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Rubber plow blade

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by teamlee, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. teamlee

    teamlee Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 1

    Anyone ever install a rubber mount to the bottom of the plow blade? I know some of the commercial trucks have them.

    Be interested if anyone has experience with this.
     
  2. pjprod

    pjprod Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 22

    Yes...i just purchased a 1" x 6"x 6' piece of 1700 PSI rubber from Rubbercal over the internet. This is used as a cutting edge...works great! I have a lot of uneven sidewalks and it glides pretty much over them and does a great job of scrapping. You will have to drill your own holes...no big deal though. I have used a urethane edge before and does not have the "give" the rubber edge has. The rubber edge should last just as long..i think the cost was just under a 100.00 shipped...well worth the money!!
     
  3. Ganz

    Ganz Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    " Yes...i just purchased a 1" x 6"x 6' piece of 1700 PSI rubber from Rubbercal over the internet. This is used as a cutting edge...works great! I have a lot of uneven sidewalks and it glides pretty much over them and does a great job of scrapping. You will have to drill your own holes...no big deal though. I have used a urethane edge before and does not have the "give" the rubber edge has. The rubber edge should last just as long..i think the cost was just under a 100.00 shipped...well worth the money!! "

    Do you push snow on to lawns? If so how does the rubber do on the lawn? Meaning.... does it rip up the turf?
     
  4. pjprod

    pjprod Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 22

    I have found both the urethane and the rubber edge do very well when plowing on soil and lawn...yes it will rip a little lawn and soil but nowhere near what destruction a metal edge would do...been there done that! I just want to say i bought a 5' piece..not 6' piece and it is 1500PSI not 1700....typo..my fault..Ordered from Rubbercal over the internet. My best plowing investment so far!
     
  5. Ganz

    Ganz Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I have a piece my neighbor gave me I just haven't put it on yet. I was waiting for the metal to wear down. Maybe this summer when I repaint my plow I'll put it on. Got any pictures of it?
     
  6. jim331656

    jim331656 Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 44

    How long do you think the rubber will last? What size did you go with? 1"x6"?
     
  7. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    We put rubber on our Gator plows and they worked very well. We could push the snow back off the sidewalks without damaging the grass. I want to say the edge lasted most of the season but if you drill the holes in the middle, you can then flip the rubber and use it again.

    Just remember you need to have an old steel cutting edge to go on top of the rubber for mounting. If you just use bolts and washers, the rubber will squish outward at the bolts and give you an uneven cleaning edge until it wears in. And you don't want to use a new metal edge if you can help it because the extra weight might cause problems with your hydraulics and/or pump motor. We ran into that problem.

    We did try poly edges at the beginning of this season but I guess they didn't work as well as the rubber. The rubber will give some and the poly will not, and the poly will chunk out when you hit things.
     
  8. pjprod

    pjprod Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 22

    I have to agree with gottaloveot's reply...what i did was mount the rubber edge backed with a steel cutting edge on the front and back of the rubber edge with a 2 inch over hang from the steel backing plate. A 2 inch overhang is the norm. What i did was purchase an additional cutting edge from Moose plows and it was about 32.00 dollars.
     
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    I'd think a rubber scraping edge would follow the irregularities of the driveway and clear all the "low" spots where a steel blade skims it flat and leaves some snow behind. Is this the case with a rubber edge? I have a few I almost have to get off and shovel the low spots after I get the large stuff out of the way. I finally was able to get snow on the plow for the first time this season. Only 2 inches but it was something. Looks like the eastcoast might get a good storm come Tuesday. I'll be ready. :)
     
  10. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    The rubber doesn't flex enough to where it would deform to get into dips.
     
  11. Highlander

    Highlander Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    How does the rubber do on gravel?
    I have a combination of pavement and gravel road. I would think it would work great on the pavement. But I worry that the gravel would take chunks out of it. I bought piece of UHMW polyethylene and made a wear bar out of it and it chunked out quickly.
    Thanks!
     
  12. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    the rubber doesn't chunk out. Unless you hit a huge chunk.
     
  13. glngib

    glngib Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    When you mount the rubber blade do you cut it flush with the end of the blade or allow say an inch to stick out as to rub against curbs etc. ? I just ordered mine from Rubbercal and should arrive in a day or 2.
     
  14. pjprod

    pjprod Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 22

    Here is what i did. The piece should come in pre-cut to the length of your blade. Then allow a 2" overhang of the rubber edge from the steel cutting edge of the plow blade. Lay the rubber edge on the ground...place the steel edge on top and allow 2 inches of rubber to overhang and then drill your holes accordingly. You will need to use your steel cutting edge as a backer...now what i did was order another steel cutting edge and i sandwiched the rubber edge between the 2 steel cutting edges and allow a 2inch overhang of the rubber. You will need to do this for support of the rubber edge. Hope this helps...john
     
  15. glngib

    glngib Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Yep, that helps. I also ordered a new steel blade. Not sure why you would make a sammich when one bar will sammich it between the bar and the plow. Will check that out when I get the parts. Thanks!
     
  16. pjprod

    pjprod Junior Member
    from ny
    Messages: 22

    The reason why i used a 2nd steel edge is because it will give the rubber edge more support. If you use one edge you will see you will have a very large gap where the rubber edge does not have support on the back side of the plow blade. Try one edge and you will see why i went with 2 edges. I hope this helps
     
  17. gottaloveOT

    gottaloveOT Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    I have only ever used the old edge on the outside of the rubber and never ran into a problem.
     
  18. paul0609

    paul0609 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I just ordered a piece of rubber cutting edge for my plow and installed it took it out for a try and it seems to not scrape completely clean is this due to it being new and not having worn enough or is this just a characteristic of the rubber cutting edge?
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2011
  19. glngib

    glngib Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Received my rubber strip and other things today before
    I had to go to work. Hopefully, when I get home I can
    lay it out and drill it and get some hardware and
    install it tomorrow. We got an addtional inch of
    snow today so maybe I will get a test run in.
     
  20. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    what in the hell is a sammich? :laughing: