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Urethane edges

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Bossfan, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Bossfan

    Bossfan Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 64

    Hey from KS,
    Do you guys think the urethane edges are as good as they are built up to be? Am thinking about getting urethane edges for both my Boss v plows. Heard all the reports about the edge but figured id poll the audience! (I only plow one raised parking deck, so rubber is not an option)

    JON:D
     
  2. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i thought about buying one

    but it seems that they arent that great on ice



    cardoctor:nod:
     
  3. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Search !

    It has been discussed many times over.Lots of different opinions.

    Urethane has it's place.I get my carbides cheap,and use the municipal grade stuff,so they last forever.

    Urethane edge search results
     
  4. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Chris, just an FYI... each search is assigned a number.... the link will only work for I believe 12 hours? Maybe 24 hours? After that it will be a dead link. (I tried it on my first FAQ page that I had to scrap :realmad: )

    By giving it a number, it eases the load on the server, and speeds up the search (I am told).

    ~Chuck
     
  5. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Thanks for the heads up Chuck,I didn't know that.
     
  6. BWhite

    BWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 496

    How will a urethane edge deal with a raised leading edge of a customers asphalt driveway ?. If I am not careful my steel edge will catch and remove chunks (not good )
     
  7. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    call me at 860-608-1842
    The u edge will handle that transition with little noticable energy transfere to the plow and truck. As for ice, I have yet to see any edge remove ice.
    Dino
     
  8. BWhite

    BWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 496

    Dino

    Not ice, but will it tear out the asphalt I am guessing it wont
     
  9. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    No the u edge will flex and absorb the impact between the two surfaces. I have several lots that I plow that have the same type of issues, and the u edge takes the abuse not the asphalt, plow or truck. Even if I had to replace the u edge every season Iwould still use them because of the abuse they take instead of the plow or truck. However add the fact that thy last a very long time, it just sweetens the pot.
    Dino
     
  10. BWhite

    BWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 496

    U edge wear edge

    Would another way to wear in a U Edge be to back drag it for a distance, say in a long parking lot ?
     
  11. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    You can do that, but going forward will do it alot faster.
    Dino
     
  12. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    Yes, that is one of the methods that has been posted here in the Urethane threads for breaking them in. And I have used the U-edges in the raised asphalt situation you mention, & those sections of asphalt are still there now, a couple of years later. They might have still been there now with the steel edges also, but the urethane definitely did not damage them.
     
  13. WOOFSPLOW

    WOOFSPLOW Member
    Messages: 76

    I do have a U-Edge on my new plow truck, the edges have some rather large gouges in them - maybe 1.5" x 1" high. Looks like the prevoius owner caught the edges on something. Should I be concerned? There seems to be some life left in the edge, 2-3". Thanks:salute:
     
  14. Santo

    Santo Banned
    Messages: 255

    If your not plowing an expensive pavered drive , their completely useless to me.

    Nothing like a piece of 1/2 " steel with some curbfeelers.
     
  15. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    Santo,
    Are you speaking from experience?

    If not, then DON'T NOT POST comments unless you have experience using a product.

    Rick
     
  16. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    Santo - Say it aint so!

    I respectfully disagree with you. There are many other advantages to the U - edges, besides using them for brick pavers, due to scaring.

    I avr. about 50% brick paver driveways and 50% concrete/asphalt driveways each year. All my truck plows have U-edges on them - Both front and rear plows!

    Benifits:
    1.) They are much quieter than conventional steel edges - huge plus -IMO - This alone saves me alot of phone time with my residential customers, complaining about waking the baby up, etc.
    2.) The last at least 3 times longer than steel if used properly. - You need to order the right size, thickness, etc. - for your particular application.

    3.) There is way less force/friction distributed to the plow frame and truck. - way worth the purchase price. No more spining around in your truck when you hit a sewer cover! - LOL

    Chuck B.
     
  17. Santo

    Santo Banned
    Messages: 255

    I will quote myself again.
    They are completely useless to ME.

    Snoworks 3 points .None of which has anything to do with the finished task at hand.
    Side by side a steel blade does a much cleaner job , you'd be kidding yourself if you thought otherwise.
    Besides pre-treating , how does that piece of plastic clean compacted snow?
    It doesnt.......It just floats easier than steel will tend to do.
    Yes suffice to say I, Im sorry I had to experience plastic.
    I know someone else here dealing with that issue right now.
    And yes , when you plow snow , you will spin around in the cab atleast once a storm , or am I THE ONLY ONE that trips his blade or edge ? To prevent that , I'll mark dangerous areas or protruding objects.
     
  18. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    Santo

    Man you must have had a bad experience with your U-edge! LOL
    Well for ME, regardless of the surface type or account type, the U-edge blows away steal!

    I will say that if my commercials did not salt, the steal edge would still have a use. But since we dont sign any commercial accounts without salting - it is not a problem.

    As far as plowing driveways with the U-edges, I have never had a compacting problem in the three years I've used them.

    Chuck B.
     
  19. BWhite

    BWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 496

    Snoworks

    You stated " last at least 3 times longer than steel if used properly.
    What do you mean by "using properly" ?
     
  20. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    They are not the right edge for everyone, but they have their place in snow removal.
    Dino