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whats the best straight blade

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snowsniper1, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 239

    i have several vee blades i need a new straight 8.5 or bigger what is your take on the best one
  2. Dodge Plow Pwr

    Dodge Plow Pwr Senior Member
    Messages: 568

    Depending on how you use it makes a difference. I have been using the Western 8.5' Pro for the last 12 years and this year bought the Western Pro Plus. It has a taller blade and can take the pro wings that I really like when cleaning out parking spaces at apartment complexes. The wings also help prevent trail off when cleaning long areas as well.
    This is just my opinion, I am sure there are MANY others as well.
    Good luck in your quest.
    Also the price between the 8.5 and 9' was only a couple of hundred bucks.
  3. fortydegnorth

    fortydegnorth Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    Why not another V or wideout? They are all straight blades, but some have the ability to go into more usesable positions. Price would be my only reason to buy a straight blade. I would rather a used V for the same price than a new straight blade. All plows push snow, pick the one that has dealer support close and works for you. My only opinion is trip edge instead of full mold board trip, but its just my opionion.
  4. schmol

    schmol Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    I second the Western Wideout idea. We have two where I work and I love plowing with them, the versatility is amazing, you can configure the blade to handle any different plowing situation you may have. The are a fair bit heavier than a straight blade too so they scrape very well. As has been mentioned on here though many times a good dealer should be top on your list in which blade you choose to buy. Everyone has a preference but for us the Western dealer is close and our blades never break down.

    Messages: 43

    It's personal preference, i have western, boss , fisher, the only plows i purchased separate from the trucks are the fisher, the others came with the trucks. We work on the fishers the least
  6. jason t.

    jason t. Member
    Messages: 40

    Like mentioned before, it depends on the type of plowing. I strongly encourage you to look at the Wideout. I can pull driveways in HOA's just as fast as a skid with the Wideout expanded to 10'. When pushing snow, it will smoke your vee blades hands down. Thinking of replacing a couple of my vees next year over to Wideouts.
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Which dealer has the best servie and support????
    Makes plow choice alot easier when you answer that question.
  8. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    Best at what? Durability? Maintainance? Ease of operation?

    The straight blade is an obsolete relic of a bygone era. It isn't best at anything.
  9. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    When I used to run just strait blades I always ran Western Pro plows, I always liked them and never had any problems.
  10. CityGuy

    CityGuy PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,895

    I would look at how close tour local dealers are to your shopor work area. I like the western because the dealer is 20 min from house/work area and are open all night if 2in of snow or more fall.
  11. MnDLawn

    MnDLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    It all comes down to the dealer. I like my Fisher X-blade. But I have Westerns that are great too.
  12. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    I've owned Western, Boss, and Meyer... My vote is the Boss. Easy to work on, even though nothing has broke on minr as of yet. For simplicity I stick with all straight blades.
    Really Proseason, you think "the straight blade is an obsolete relic of a bygone era. It isn't best at anything."
    I personally think plowing with a truck is a dated way of clearing snow. Loaders with pushers, skiddys, & tractors will hands down out perform a truck any day. So in most cases, I have some of my trucks sitting because I don't find them that efficient.
  13. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    That's because you got 'em all set up with STRAIGHT BLADES! j/k:D

    You must be able to make that loader talk, sounds like.
    My loader driver is a dork, and so is his wife.....<sigh>.....but it's his POS loader.:cry:
  14. Turbodiesel

    Turbodiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    trip edge .......fishy
  15. silvercity

    silvercity Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I have owned most every plow made and I think the Western Pro Plus is the heaviest duty best scrapping pick-up straight blade out there. We are going to put those on all our new trucks.
  16. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 391

    Not sure how you can say that a loader, skid steer or tractor can outperform a truck with blade (I'd say there even if the truck has a straight blade). But with a V, no way.
  17. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    I'm recanting my post. They are all about the same.. If money is not a object, the wideouts and Blizzard plows out perform all others.