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a commercial snow removal contractor responsible for multiple accounts, the purchasing of snow removal equipment is an investment and there are many important considerations before you buy. To help sort out all of the elements involved in purchasing a snow plow and to find the right plow match for you, use this list as a basic guideline.
The relationship between you and your snow plow dealer is vital throughout the entire time you own your plow, and it all begins with the first purchase. Your dealer is going to be there to help you with the installation and initial setup of your plow, but sure to ask if installation is included in the price or if it is an additional cost. The importance of your dealer does not end after you purchase a snow plow. For the duration of time that you own your plow, your dealer will be able to assist you with maintenance questions, spare parts, and repairs.
Knowing what kind of vehicle you intend on using is essential to matching up the right plow for you. All vehicles have a specific FGAWR, or Front Gross Axel Weight Rating, which is the available capacity of weight on the front of a vehicle. You cannot exceed this amount when adding a plow to your truck. The bigger the plow, the heavier it is.
For commercial work, since you will probably require a larger plow, you will need at least a ¾ ton pickup truck whose FGAWR can handle the weight of larger plows. For personal plow use, a ½ ton truck, or in some cases even smaller, should be ample for your needs. A good UTV or ATV plow will also clear driveways with just as much satisfaction.
A commercial-grade plow that offers total configuration command with independently controlled wings and brighter night plowing with standard LED lights. It also features industry-leading ground clearance.
A truck-mounted snow plow can cost as little as $1,299 to over $4,000 depending on the brand, size, and features of the plow itself. With so many plow designs available, the best way to choose a snow plow for your truck is to first determine what kind of plow you need. If you're plowing a small piece of property, a manual plow might be all you need. For larger properties, a plow with full in-cab controls for angling and lifting may be required. We explain the different snow plow designs and their respective price ranges so you can choose the best snow plow for your truck.
Manually operated truck plows start around $1,300 and are the most simple, affordable truck plows available. With no electronic or hydraulic components involved, the plow simply attaches to your truck (usually via a 2-inch hitch receiver) and is ready for operation. Since there are no remote control mechanisms, raising and lowering the plow must be done by hand. If the plow has an angling feature, this will also be accomplished manually.
If manually lifting and lowering your snow plow blade sounds tedious, consider choosing a plow with an electric lift motor. This allows the plow to be raised and lowered from the warmth of your cab using a remote control. Electric snow plows start around $1,849.00 and often include automatic angling, a mechanism that allows the plow blade to position itself at the best angle for whatever job you're doing. Choose electric if you don't need full control of your plow's angling, but you do want to raise and lift it from the cab.
Starting at $3,659, hydraulic snow plows are the ultimate weapon against the worst winter has to offer. All lifting and angling is controlled remotely, so you don't have to leave your cab until the job is done. With this plow design, you'll have a finer degree of control over thepositioning of your plow than with manual or electric plows. To get the job done as quickly as possible with the best results, choose a hydraulic plow.
One common mistake that operators make is buying poly snow plows to cut down on weight. Poly plows are typically heavier than steel. The simple reason why is that the plastic needs to be reinforced, and that reinforcement adds extra weight. On top of that, poly is even more expensive than the steel options. However, for commercial operators, the investment can pay off by saving you time and effort.
One step that some customers take before consulting with our plow experts is to check a manufacturer database to see if their truck can be equipped with a plow and what modifications are needed to do so.
Click here to use Power Match right now to see if your truck is a match for a snow plow. Enter your information to find out if your current truck is a match for a plow, in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In addition, if any modifications during installation are required, they will be listed as well.
Read all this and decided it might just be easier to order a brand new plow? We can help with that, too! Check out our Complete Plows page and request a quote on any of the Western and Fisher models we carry.
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Find the best snowplow for your truck or ATV at Levan Machine and Truck Equipment! We can install straight snowplows, V-snowplows, or boxed snowplows. While straight snowplows can remove snow just as well as V-snowplows, the V-snowplow will help cut through those icy Montgomery County storms with a little more ease.
Rates differ depending on availability and demand, but Plowz and Mowz co-founder William Mahoney told BetaBoston that the going rate averages about $49 per driveway, and drivers keep 70% of that fee. So a freelance snowplow driver could expect to earn about $34 per driveway, per storm. Of course, an established, independent driver with regular customers could potentially earn much more than that.
Go right up to the edge with bolt-on curb guards. Protect the outer edge of your snow plow from wear when plowing along sidewalks and curbs. Made of cast metal, each curb guard effectively protects the outer edge of the plow.
When selecting the perfect plow, think about what you will be using it for. For parking lots and residential areas, we recommend a Scoop Plow or V-Plow. For tight spaces, the C-plow works best. In rural situations, the V-Plow shines. Hiniker is proud to offer industry-leading plows made to fit all trucks (link to fit my truck page). These plows are equipped with the latest electrical and hydraulic components made right here in the USA. Move snow efficiently this winter- upgrade to a Hiniker plow and keep the roads clear as your truck powers through the drifts. Shop online or find a dealer near you today to improve your snow removal abilities.
Harold Davis, who's 29 years old, bought this truck and snowplow in the fall. Opportunities to use his new plow have been few and far between. Mara Hoplamazian/New Hampshire Public Radio hide caption
This winter, Harold Davis, 29, decided to get into the snowplow business for himself, after about a decade of working for other removal companies. He bought a canary yellow snowplow in the fall. It's still pretty spotless.
As the climate changes, winter is the fastest-warming season for much of the U.S., and New England is a hot spot. This year is no exception, and Davis says snowplow businesses are feeling the impacts.
Most of the year, Davis and his small team reseal driveways, fill cracks in the road, and paint stripes onto parking lots. But in the winter, he relies on plowing snow to make money. At the start of the season, he gathered up customers, and said he'd take care of their driveways when it snows more than three inches.
"I was out there, every snowflake, with my tape measure in the snow, like, 'Oh, we're at an inch and a half. It's almost time to go out!'" he recalls. "It just felt really good when I dropped the plow for the first time."
"It's nice that we got it (snow), but I am a bit disappointed that we haven't had too much more. So hopefully things will start looking up," he says, driving home from his 6-hour shift Friday morning.
Davis charges per visit. If it snows a foot, he can make a few thousand dollars. He says it'll take about four snowstorms to see a return on his investment in the plow. and another five storms for the truck. But for much of the winter, it's been raining instead of snowing. "You can't plow a puddle," he says. "No one wants you to go plow a puddle."
"A lot of people, when they have these huge snowstorms, they say, how can it be global warming?" she says. "That's exactly what's expected under global warming, because there is more water vapor in the air to come down as rain or snow."
Concord has already lost about a week of snow cover in the last 50 years, according to the state's latest climate assessment. By mid-century, the area could lose more than a month of snow cover. A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions could lessen snow loss, according to the report.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it's been kind of a relief to have less snow this season. It has a lot of open positions, and volunteers from other parts of the agency are relied on to help plow state roads when there's a storm.
Davis worries about climate change. He doesn't want to see winter disappear, not only because it affects his business, but also because he loves snowboarding. He wants to share that experience with future generations.
"Not just my son, but his kids should be learning how to snowboard and have fun in the winters and not be like, 'Oh, well, when my grandfather was around they actually snowboarded that mountain,'" he says. "That's a sad thought to think about." 781b155fdc