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Should I replace the rubber cutting with steel on my 12ft box?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by steve b, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. steve b

    steve b Member
    Messages: 36

    Trying to save on salt. Will only use on lots with no obstructions. Has anyone changed over and had any problems?
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    If it doesn't trip, I would stay with the rubber, you would be surprised how much a blade trips even on good lots. I know some guys do put steel on but it's not something I would do so it's strictly my opinion.
     
  3. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Plus, it seems the rubber would flex more to follow the contours of the pavement. Even on a good lot, at a 12' pass width, there are going to be imperfections. I think the rubber might actually clean better for that reason.
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    It woun't unless it's powder snow and hasn't been driven over, steel trip is far superior then rubber. JMO again.
     
  5. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Stick w/ rubber ! A steel edge without trip will not scrape as clean or go over small imperfections in the pavement. A steel edge has no give, so if you hit a manhole cover or whatnot it can cause damage.
     
  6. NorthDakota

    NorthDakota Member
    Messages: 89

    We have switched our rubber blades to steel....We are able to scrape and remove hard back. We h ave some pretty heavy duty pushers...I also work at college were we take care of our grounds so we do fix manholes. cracks etc... and know the ground we are plowing well. Just my two cents.
     
  7. grnstripes

    grnstripes Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    we tried rubber up here on the state highways and it made more ice but parkinglots might be diffrent