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Dissadvantages of snow deflector?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Blink74, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Blink74

    Blink74 Member
    Messages: 30

    I just bought a snow deflector for my Boss RT3 straight blade. I was wondering if there is any dissadvantage to having a deflector installed. I would like to get some feedback before I go drilling into my new plow. I've never had a plow with a deflector.

    BTW, I'm also thinking of getting the shock absorber. I haven't talked to anyone who's had one. Any insight would be great.
  2. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    i don't run a boss but having that delfector is worth it :nod: esp if have some powder and then most of it isn't coming up on too the windshield .
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    might block even more air from getting to the radiator. my only thought for a disadvantage.
  4. 92XT

    92XT Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    i know how you feel bout drillin ...but it wont hurt ....it'll help
  5. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    If you're doing any "real" commercial plowing, you won't want to be without a snow deflector. I also have a Boss 8 foot snowplow and it looks just fine with the snow deflector.
  6. 92XT

    92XT Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    uh huh...........
  7. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Disadvantage to a deflector

    Deflectors for sure help keep snow off your windshield, but they need to be at least 8-10" wide, (if you make your own), or they don't do that much. (mine are 12"). But this does comes with several issues that you may want to deal with. A deflector that wide will tend to want to fly up & block/partly block your plow lights when driving on the highways at night. (several ways to deal with that). The other thing I did, was to cut it off on the outer portions of your blade, since the part not directly in front of your truck isn't really helping you anyway. (see photo) But the reason is that the deflector was "knocking down" the snow as it flies off the top-end of your plow while windrowing, and if you get enough snow that you have trouble "throwing" it over your banks, you don't want the deflector interferring with that. That's what I did anyway,... FWIW :salute:

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  8. 92XT

    92XT Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    UH HUH!!!
    ......................WHATS THAT BLADE MEASURE....BOUT 16 FEET???
    I NEVER CEASE TO BE A LEARNIN HERE....A L A S K A N BOYS KNOW SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2007
  9. Alaska Boss

    Alaska Boss PlowSite.com Addict
    from Alaska
    Messages: 1,951

    Haha,... that's the 9'2" V-blade with the Boss wings in scoop (as narrow as it gets). Just over 11' when straight,... (it scoops up Blizzards),... ;)

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  10. 92XT

    92XT Senior Member
    Messages: 343

  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

  12. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    the downside? yeah, your out $100.
  13. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    hey alaska boss i wish i could stop in the middle of the road and take a picture......:salute:
  14. Blink74

    Blink74 Member
    Messages: 30

    I bougt the OEM Boss deflector and it was like $200. I didn't think it would have any drawbacks. I just wanted to be sure before I put it on.

    I have the RT3 standard duty plow and shock is optional. Is it worth $100?

    Thanks for the replies.
  15. Deflector

    It helps a lot.
    But the snow will still hit the windshield ( mine has for 30 yrs)

    Get the shock or a lid for your coffee.
    But get the 4th spring too.

    If you really dont want to trip,..get a yard guard ( tube over cutting edge)

    pm if you want more on upgrading

  16. yard5864

    yard5864 Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    I use the Boss snow deflector (the hard plastic one (Boss part #MSC04557) on the truck at the company I work for, it sucks when pushing into piles. I uaually rip it completely off the blade at least 2 times per year. Get Boss' rubber snow Deflector.
  17. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    I guess it is a matter of choice,but most people that plow in the light powder type snow prefer the deflector, I my self would rather worry about my engine getting a bit warm then too drive off the road or into another motorist because i can't see them. Take the worst of the two evils.

  18. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    Our three pickups run fine with the defelctors. I don't have any overheating problems. I do like the fact that it seems to funnel the snow out the end of the plow instead of over the top. We plow with 3 V plows. they are kinda wierd with the center hing. the deflector curls up in the middle when the plow is strait or in scoop. no issues though and wouldn't go without one.
  19. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    The rubber deflector is a must. I went 2 years without it and then added it half way through last year and would never go without one again.