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Vermont tests out TowPlow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snodough, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. snodough

    snodough Junior Member
    Messages: 1

  2. Cutter1

    Cutter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    that is intersting. sweet looking setup.
  3. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    Definitely an interesting concept!
  4. R.G.PEEL

    R.G.PEEL 2000 Club Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2,196

    we have those here too. There was a story about them on the news and I saw it on the highway one time. Its a tank though not a hopper.
  5. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    They've been using them here too. They're cool... Til you get stuck behind one on the interstate... :cry:
  6. Plow Chaser

    Plow Chaser PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,708

    They actually featured this story on the weather channel today as well! I think these towplows are finally catching on.
  7. pvtben121

    pvtben121 Senior Member
    Messages: 226

    i bet it is 30grand
  8. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    Probably more than that $$$$$$. Gotta be tough to drive, but it looks like a real time saver.
  9. PlowboyVT

    PlowboyVT Member
    from VT
    Messages: 67

  10. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    Nice setup, Interesting
  11. 7.3 Plower

    7.3 Plower Senior Member
    Messages: 221

    It seems like a LOT more to go wrong. Plus I doubt they'd set every truck up to run it.

    So if they've got 2 trucks set up neither one with that then yes they've got more drivers to start with. Now that being said if you've only got one truck towing that thing and you've got an issue with the truck that is towing the tow plow then you're completely stuck. Whereas if you had 2 trucks running with 2 drivers and one had an issue you're down 50% on production but you're not 100% out of production.

    Additionally I'd rather have 2 drivers out in 2 trucks than 1 driver out in that because if something happened to one truck in the middle of a storm at least I'd have another vehicle right there so my driver would have a heated cab to take refuge in.

    I can see that having somewhat of a use on interstates or somewhere that you never have to back up but past that I really don't see a use for it.

    And what can you do with it when there's no snow to move? Another tandem I can go haul something with it and have another truck available when it's not snowing. That can't do anything in the off season.

    Plus it's just a LOT for one guy in one truck to try to be running all at once and if you put a second guy in the truck to run it you've removed any benefit to having it really.

    So in short my opinion is: Very cool idea but limited practical applications.
  12. zabMasonry

    zabMasonry Senior Member
    from vt
    Messages: 101

    Saw this on the news and laughed. I don't think that it will ever really get off the ground. Folks will go crazy if they get stuck behind a truck doing 25 mph. I really liked how the state managed to forget that the other trucks are doing 40-50 mph so the notion that it will do twice the work is really flawed. I'm also not particularly crazy about cutting jobs in the current economy.

    What I really want the state to do is stop salting during the storm, and just plow the damn roads. They can do it at speed, keeping the lanes clear of accumulation. Then a day or two later when the sun comes out, hit it with a bit of salt, the pavement will be dry in no time.
  13. Eggie329

    Eggie329 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    I like those municipal plows that have a second blade to push the snow on the curb back for the next storm. I've only seen them in Canada in big storms. We have trucks with a second blade in some areas here.
  14. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Does anyone know what the total with cleared is (truck plow & tow plow), here state DOT has trucks with wings on both sides. Id bet it close to the same width as truck with towplow & alot cheaper
  15. Plow Chaser

    Plow Chaser PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,708

  16. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    So, to answer my question....12' "Clears a path of 24’ or more with a 12 foot front plow". Wings are 9'-13' long (figure about 6' @ angle, clearing width ?) x 2 (one on each side), front plow 12' (9' clearing width ?). 28' with a tandem wing plows & front blade ? sounds like this would be a better setup ? Maybe NY state does one or 2 things smart ?
  17. cotter

    cotter Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 182

  18. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    My bet is that the next generation of it will have a operator cab complete with steering, much like a ladder truck would.
  19. SteveR

    SteveR Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Wont that be a sight..plow truck with a tiller man. I cant wait, I think Id like that job..
  20. doubleedge

    doubleedge Member
    from ND
    Messages: 64

    What is the advantage that this has over a side plow?