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Straight vs. V Blade

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by scottzzny, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. scottzzny

    scottzzny Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm not actually new to plowing as I've been doing this regularly for about 10 years for a friend who has a landscaping business. However, he will not be doing snow removal this coming winter. Because of this I might be able to pick up some of his customers if I buy a plow.

    My question is about straight vs. v blades. I've only used straight blades (Meyers, Western and Fisher.) There are a few residential customers where a v-blade would be ideal, at least I think it would, even my own driveway.

    Are there any major considerations about v-blades vs. straight, or opinions?

    If it helps, it will probably go on a Ford F-450. I may even throw on a small spreader if it is worthwhile.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  2. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Calm Down...No one Slapped you....You better get a thicker skin that that...Depends what you are gonna be doing with the truck...But in my opinion Go with the V...Sorry if you took my suggestion wrong...But this topic has been coverd a million times and if you go back and read the posts there is some good info.....Welcome to Plowsite.....:salute:
     
  3. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Oh get the V, now I've heard they break easier because they can go off square. But just don't go super fast and hit a drain :D !
    I made the mistake and got the str blade. So v blade is better IMO, seems like it is faster because you can clean up the coke lines (windrows)
     
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I plowed in a buddies v before....

    Now my straight blades feel lame.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Straight blades should be banned fro the snowplowing business!
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    So should women!


    :laughing:

    I'm jk grandview!

    Iove your fords! And your boss plows!
     
  7. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i used a vblade the past winter and i didnt even wanna get back in my truck because i have a straight blade!
     
  8. JayMac

    JayMac Member
    Messages: 95

    I have run both and still think my straight blade is the way to go. For these reasons, they're cheaper (gets paid for quicker), they're lighter (less wear and tear on the truck), and if used right they can move as much snow just as fast (I can explain if asked).
     
  9. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Maybe you could explain this to me. Unless your straight blade has wings there is no way you can carry snow to a set location.
     
  10. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    Jay mac= explanation!
     
  11. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,987

    Sure you can :D Straight blades ROCK :dizzy:

    LOL
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Jay uses 2 trucks with straight blades and drive together to act like a v plow.
     
  13. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I saw that YouTube once and have always waned to try it!
     
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I've done that a few times and one was a dually.:D
     
  15. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,794

    WAS a dually, now single axle
     
  16. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,987

    I used to do it all the time... Hardest part is throttle control and not getting ahead or behind the other guy....

    Bought an ebling and that solved all the problems :D
     
  17. JayMac

    JayMac Member
    Messages: 95

    I knew I would catch Hell for that comment.

    OK, I must agree that if you're needing to carry snow then yes the V is far better. But if you have an open lot and don't need to carry snow to a set location then you get a windrow started and get to the other side of it and use that windrow like a wing. Then roll the original windrow over and repeat. It's something an old guy like GV showed me when I first started plowing. Plus, I had done a large lot this way for a couple of years and this last year a guy with a V did it and I asked him how long he worked on it and the time was near the same.

    GV, I'm glad you recognize my skills.

    LLL, Good we agree that straight blades rock.
     
  18. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    If that works for you then that's great.
    I won't own another straight blade that doesn't have wings. I have 2 V blades and an 810 Blizzard and 2 straight blades with wings. We don't do any work by the hour so for me production is important. All things considered a V blade with wings is the fastest plow we have.
     
  19. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    good op with straight will keep up with v all day. v's are for people who don't know how to plow with a straight. i have two and are no faster than a straight.
     
  20. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    If that's the case then you must be running wide open lots where you do 95% windrowing. Now if that is true you should be running 810 blizzards or similar.