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hydraulic vs. winch plows

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sno-problem!, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. sno-problem!

    sno-problem! Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Do you guys prefer winch controlled plows or hydraulically controlled plows? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?? I'm assuming hydraulic plow runs a little smoother?
  2. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Maybe I'm out of the loop, but what plow (besides snowbear) runs a winch left?

    Or are you talking an ATV?
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    A winch plow would mean no power angle...what a waste
    hydraulics require a pump under the hood.....another waste JMO
  4. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    KEEP IN MIND I DON'T OWN A SNOW PLOW!!! ok so i am going to hijack this thread, and ask the question, "why aren't there electric driven plows" i have given this some thought, and thought of a couple of ways to give down preasure, lift/lower, and cab controlled angling with winches, or other electonically controlled means, are there plows that do all this without hydraulics?
  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    There is a pneumatic personal plow that lifts, lowers, and angles but the dealer told me they are nothing but problems when its cold since they freezE up. Winches bind up with snow and ice and are slow.

    OMGWTFBBQ Member
    Messages: 44

    Really, so my Boss v-plow has a spare pump in the tower or something? :help: :gunsfiring:
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Belt driven hydraulic pumps have a pump UNDER the hood
    Maybe you have a "pump" that has a screw loose......:laughing:
  8. jhook

    jhook Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I have never seen a commercial grade plow that was not hydraulic. I have no interest in something different. The hydraulic works great.
  9. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    pros of hydraulic:

    • downward pressure
      able to angle automaticly
      if you get stuck you can push your self out with 2500 psi hydraulic
      wont jam
      dont need a new mount

    cons of hydraulic plow:
    • takes hydraulic fluid

    pros about winch:

    • i cant think of any

    cons of winch:

    • loud
      can jam
      cant angle
      cant push your self out
      if you do get stuck your plow is gonna ad resisitance while your winch trys to pull
      can splice
      can snap
      no downward pressure