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Poly or Steel

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by lalaape413, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. lalaape413

    lalaape413 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I have a 3/4 truck and want to put a V plow on it. I'm not sure if I should go Poly or Steel. I'm seeing more and more Poly's lately. What is better? Is it preference? If this has already been discussed if someone can link it, it would be apprecaited. I did a quick search of the forum and came up empty. I'm leaning towards the Western MVP Plus.

    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    The common misconseption is that poly's are lighter. That is false. Poly's are actually a tad bit heavier than a steel plow. I personally like the idea of a poly plow since snow doesn't stick to it as well as a steel plow. That being said I have 1 poly and 4 steel plows, so I guess if your buying new get what you want.
  3. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    The biggest thing i have noticed is that the polys dont rust or look really beat up like the steels can. When a big scratch goes on the poly, it just wears it down to more red poly (boss plow) The poly is red throughout, unlike the steel where the color is only on the surface. A scratch goes right to bare metal and shows up and then rusts. After ten years the poly will be a little faded and not as bright as before, but the steel will be all rusted and bare metal without as much paint. Depending on the amount of use.
  4. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    True, however when a steel plow is caked with wet heavy snow, the poly will be lighter.
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Yes you are correct however if you keep your steel blade sprayed down with Fluid Film, it will never be heavier than a ploy.
  6. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    But my poly will smell better. :laughing:

    I still hose down the metal frame parts on my MVP Pro Poly. The funny thing is, I think Western is the only company that has a lighter poly blade than metal.
  7. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    If you break a steel plow you have to go to a fab shop. Unless you carry a mig welder with you. A poly you can just throw a piece of plastic on and you're good.
    If you're not careful, you could put a log through a poly blade and not even know it :D. I like steel.
  8. smash363636

    smash363636 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    when i made an decision to buy an plow for commercial use i looked at what other people had for there commercial plows. i found that people mostly had Fisher, Boss, and Hiniker steel plows. so i was the most familiar with fisher plows so i got an 8.5 foot fisher stainless steel v plow. its 3 years old now and looks like it did the day i bought it, with some rust on the cutting edge. but that comes off in the first couple of storms. most people the i have heard go with the poly plows use snow way and they only plow there driveway. just about every one that i knew who tryed to plow commercially with an poly blade broke them in the first big snow storm. my recommendation is go with an steel blade and take care of it by getting the rust off and throwing an coat of paint on it after the plowing season, and it will last you for a long time,
  9. Get Plowed AK

    Get Plowed AK Member
    Messages: 78

    Sounds LIke you made the right buy. Rare to see a poly in the commercial end of this business. At least in Alaska...
  10. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    i know 2 local guys that had boss and western poly plows and it didn't take long for them to fade to a pinkish orange
  11. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Yes, I have a CP-8 and it does a good job. The problem comes when I plow a road that has snow that is dry and when they say that snow doesn't stick to it they mean it. It won't stick on the mold board long enough to be pushed to the side. In stead it goes right over the plow with a snow shield and right onto my windshield totally blinding me at anything over 5 mph. But it doesn't rust.
  12. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I have never used a poly plow. I will probably never buy one either. I like steel.
  13. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Not true. Depends on the manufacturer.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    steel seems more durable and tough for more heavy duty use
  15. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    It all depends on what you're going to be using the plow for. Poly is good if you're going to do a driveway or two, but won't hold up in a commercial setting. Much more prone to twisting, punctures, etc. (I think there's a forum on here somwhere with a log through a poly blade).
  16. KustomKare

    KustomKare Junior Member
    Messages: 17

  17. Dog3

    Dog3 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I've been using Boss Polys commercially since '03 and never had any durability issues. Polys are fairly common pick-up truck blades in Southern WI. They do fade over time if kept outside - mine are always in the shop when not in use.
  18. Rain Man

    Rain Man Senior Member
    Messages: 138


    I have been plowing a complex that is 13 acrs for the last 4 years with 2 Boss Poly V's and have never had a problem with the plows!!!
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