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Rubber edge vs steel edge

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Xforce 1, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Xforce 1

    Xforce 1 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    I'm buying a couple of protechs an never had experiece with rubber edges. Seems like they wouldn't work with "tracked" on snow. Please tell me the ups and downs please.
  2. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Used to use them for parking garage roof tops, because of the rubber expansion joints in the concrete. I never liked them because they would smear the snow. They will not cut through a compacted base like steel will. I don't recommend them unless you have a special need or reason. If memory serves me right, they are a bit pricey.
  3. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Get an Arctic...pricey but worth every penny... They'll pay for themselves with the salt savings alone
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Rubber is useless compared to steel trip.
  5. joester

    joester Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I will say to the original poster that I own 7 rubber edged pushers and am currently saying to myself that I will never buy another one. Only steel trip edge for us moving forward. For you guys that use the steel trip, what brands are you using? I have been trying to compare Avalanche, Protech, and Daniels. I like how Avalanche has the trip edge lock, and Daniels appears extremely heavy duty, but considerably more than the Avalanche. Any input would be appreciated!
  6. cdqat1432

    cdqat1432 Member
    Messages: 60

    I have a rubber edge pusher and it does ok. When I bought it ten years ago I dont think they had steel trip edges. If you insist on steel, make sure that it is on a tripping mechanism. Otherwise, you will be fixing manhole covers and repaving parking lots.

    The next one will be a steel trip, though.
  7. Larry767

    Larry767 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Long shot given this thread is 5 years old but can you clarify what you mean by "trip edge lock"? I looked on their website and can't see any info about that. Are you saying they have a mechanism to lock the trip edge so it won't trip, effectively making it a fixed edge plow? Why would you want to do that? Nuisance trips when trying to scrape hard snow or ice?