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V's. Do they do a good job?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mdb landscaping, Jan 14, 2001.

  1. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    i was just wondering what you guys think of the quality of the plow job the v-plow gives. most people here seem to say that the v plows are the best things out there. i can see how they would be great for pushing snow in tight areas and the manuverability, but i talked to one guy today whos plowed for years, and he said some of his customers dont like him plowing with the new V because when its in the V position and you go on some uneven pavement it doesnt scrap as well. i can see what they mean because with it in the V position it wont be able to flex as well on uneven pavement.
    any ideas or suggestions?
  2. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I see no appreciable difference between the two type of plows. We also use the urethane edge with our v plows, and that helps with un even asphalt. But to be honest, even with a straight plow, it wont help to much on uneven asphalt. The blade will just ride over the low spots.
  3. 4 Saisons

    4 Saisons Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I had never heard about vplows before my first time i came here. Now i remember few years ago i saw one. I seriously think about that for next years. We add hydraulics side wings to our plows and a lot of weight BTW. I'll probably save some money too due to this expensive add on 8' Fisher versus a factory vplows.

    the cons..when the wings (2'each) are open, its scrape on 12'.
  4. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    I almost never use the V position, except to open a path into a lot through the highway plow windrow, or to do a walk way, or to make the frist cut down a long driveway if it's blown in or we've had a lot of snow. I use it like any straight blade a lot of the time, the scoop position is the big difference, for both moving snow, stacking, and clean up.

  5. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Stacking ability is awesome. I easily get piles higher than the roof of my truck. I can count on one hand how many times I have used the v position, but whne I do use it, it comes in handy.
  6. plowguy06

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    didnt want to get too off the topic, but has anyone seen a CITY that uses v plows? I never have seen any and was wondering if any do or dont use them.
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    The city's all use Ford trucks and Meyer plows too,becasue they are cheap,not the best.The go with lowest bidder usually.So that puts V-plows out,only private contractors make money during a snow storm to pay for the V-plow
  8. plowguy06

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    i talked to my city's fleet manager and he said they could get any of the trucks on the state bid but fords are cheapest. as for plows, I dont know b/c they use fisher, meyer and gledhill but my city has 10 big trucks and 15 small dumps/pickups.
  9. eskals

    eskals Member
    Messages: 40

    I have seen a Livonia, Michigan DPW truck with a V-plow mounted on a 1-ton dump. Thats the only one I have seen around here. The college that I go to uses alot of chevys with Meyer plows, although the newer trucks are all Fords (still with Meyers though).


    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    In the Boston area the towns with money use Ford PSD's with Fisher plows (never seen any V-plows though). The towns without much money usually use 3/4 ton GM's with gassers and a meyer or pathfinder plow. All have an assortment of larger trucks like 4900 International or Ford F800's.