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Steel Or Poly

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by gilllawnservice, Aug 17, 2003.

  1. gilllawnservice

    gilllawnservice Junior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4

    Getting ready to have a plow put on my f250 PSD SD Crew. The equipment is boss but I wanted to know which type of plow to go with. V or Straight? Poly or Steel? Will mainly be doing smaller properties.

    Dealer said the poly plow is about 10 pounds heavier than the steel. Is this true?


  2. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    It depends on the type of snow you typically get. Here we often get the wet heavy stuff that sticks to the blade and won't roll, the poly blade is a big help in preventing that. If you get the dry fluffy stuf regularly, either will do a good job.

    I don't know about the weight difference, but you could check their website for that info.
  3. snowjoker

    snowjoker Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Do a search or go to the FAQ page. It has been discussed many times. And yes the poly blades are a little heavier, I think they have to be braced a little more to compensate for the poly moldboard therefore adding a little extra weight.
  4. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    You'll want a big blade on that truck,like a 9 Ft.It's not the typeof truck you'll want for doing small stuff,or cleanups,so a straight blade should do fine.

    The Poly blades are slighty heavier due to extra bracing.The steel moldboard plows use the moldboard itself as a structural member.
  5. JustUsDe

    JustUsDe Senior Member
    Messages: 181


    I have the specs on sno-way they state the Predator 29 8.0 plow weighs

    Poly = 568
    steel = 612
    stainless steel = 613

  6. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    I just bought a Western 8' Poly Pro Plow for my truck and it weighed in at 780#'s. The 8' steel was 750#'s

    After having steel plows for years, I am really going to enjoy this poly plow! No more sanding and repainting every year to keep the plow looking nice and smooth!:nod:[​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2003
  7. JustUsDe

    JustUsDe Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    price ?

    Did you have the dealer install the plow? Did you go with the utra-mount? Did you get the cab command control? Can I ask what it cost you? Just checking to see how my quotes compare.

  8. Sidebuz

    Sidebuz Member
    Messages: 41

    First choice: Poly V. Second: Poly striaght. A distant third choice: anything metal.

    If the truck can handle the poly V, go with it. Even with the extra weight. The time savings and extra money you can make will more than off set any damage to the vehicle.
  9. HenkeRep

    HenkeRep Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    A few interesting things about Poly...

    Yes, it is very heavy. I don't know that it's heavier than steel, but it is just as heavy as steel. The industry standard for "municipal" size plows is 3/8" thick.

    And, like somebody else already mentioned, it's very common to have the support of a full, steel moldboard. This will give you the maximum support possible.

    Although, I've heard guys complain that moisture can (does?) get in between the steel and the poly, and will start to corrode. As a compromise, our company manufactures "poly" plows with "cutouts" in the steel moldboard.

    The primary advantages of using poly are:

    (1) Resistance to corrosion
    (2) Resistance to impact. Poly can easily absorb impacts (gravel and such) which would dent steel, but will merely bounce off the poly.
    (3) Reduction of friction. Snow slides off the poly easier than steel.

    Thus endeth my two cents...
  10. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265


    Welcome to Plowsite :waving:
  11. HenkeRep

    HenkeRep Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks wyldman...

    For what it's worth, I'd like to point out that I'm not here to solicit business, or anything of the like.

    Our company MAKES snowplows, but we don't actually USE them, whereas you guys do. It makes sense to come in here, and try and learn from the Pro's.

    Maybe I'll be able to pass some of the info. I learn in here on to some of my customers, and help them out. That's the goal anyway...
  12. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Well it's nice to have you onboard here at Plowsite.I'm sure your expertise with manufacturing plows will come in handy.There are lots of "Pro's" here willing to share good information as well.

    Have fun,look around,and if unsure,do a search.
  13. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    It is a delicate balance. On one hand, anything you say, given your username, can be considered advertising. On the other, you are being up front with us, and while you don't use plows, your company makes them to be sold. The exposure your company gets here, again, given your username, can be considered advertising.

    I am glad in a way that you are not just lurking as a manufacturer. For instance, we (moderators) know that Fisher visits this site daily. We also know that people from Ford visit often too. There is actually a pretty long list of companies that lurk here.

    I have had only one rep, who posted here often, and I allowed it. I let it go because what he did, was support end users of his product, and contribute (much like you already are) to more than just threads that could generate sales for his company. We all knew he was a rep, and maybe that did cause some people to buy his product, maybe it didn't, the important part is that IMO he didn't cross the "line".

    I am sure some of you remember Bryan, the Sno Way rep, who is now deceased.

    Anyway, welcome aboard Henke Rep.

  14. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650


    Welcome to Plowsite.

    Almost in my backyard, about 35 miles north of me!


    Now all I need is that real BIG truck!

  15. HenkeRep

    HenkeRep Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    That is EXACTLY why I wanted to identify myself right off the bat. No secrets.

    Thanks for the welcome. I'll respect the intent and direction of this site.
  16. HenkeRep

    HenkeRep Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Also, if you'd rather I change my username, I can do that as well...

    I just didn't want to get involved in discussions, and then have guys figure out after the fact that I'm a manufacturer.
  17. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    Western Poly Plow Price

    To answer your question...

    8'0" Western Poly Pro Plow
    $3200.00 Installed with Cab Command
    '03 2500HD
  18. JustUsDe

    JustUsDe Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    Thanks sbrennan007

    That is right in line with the price I got from the dealer in Md. Hopefully I will have installed next week. I ordered my Timbrens and should have them tomorrow or Friday and hopefully put them on this weekend. Still working on Business license hopefully bt friday I will have it. Slowly getting my ducks in a row.