Picking the best snowplough for a Niagara Falls winter can be a big decision, especially for smaller companies involved in snow and ice removal. At Coral Truck Equipment, we understand that when it comes to picking a snowplough for your truck, the most important thing is getting a plough that suits your needs. That is why our expert team has put together some simple tips on how you can pick the best snowplough for you and your company.
Popular Snow Plough Materials and Shapes
One of the first decisions that you will need to make when choosing a new snowplough in Niagara Falls is what material and shape will best suit your needs. Snowploughs typically come in three basic material options: steel, polyethylene, and stainless steel.
- Steel snowploughs – usually the cheapest snowplough option. While it offers a more classic look, this type of plough tends to pickup dents, which shorten its lifespan.
- Polyethylene snowploughs – smoother and more resistant to dents, this type of plough is resistant to rust and corrosion, and is a great long-term investment.
- Stainless steel snowploughs – have increased resistance to rust and dents, but are usually the most expensive snowplough option.
Once you have chosen the type of material for your new snowplough, the next decision you will have to make is the plough shape. Most manufacturers carry three basic shape options: straight, V, and box.
- Straight ploughs – this shape is great for small-scale applications that do not involve a tonne of snow.
- V-ploughs – this is a great option for making initial breaks in dense or high snow areas. The inverted V shape works are a scoop to move snow, while leaving a minimal trail on either side.
- Box ploughs – mostly used for industrial and commercial applications that involve complete snow removal. This type of plough often attaches to tractors for maximum ploughing and stacking capabilities.
Check the Blade Weight
Another important decision that you will have to make when choosing the right snowplough for your needs is the weight of the blade. Weight is a major factor when considering a snowplough because overloading the front of a vehicle with a plough that is too heavy can stress the front axles and suspension, and diminish braking effectiveness. Most standard pickup trucks are best suited to 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 foot blades, while half-tonne trucks use 7 or 7 1/2 foot blades and 3/4 to 1 tonne trucks typically use 7 1/2 foot and 8 foot blades. The heavier the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the truck, the wider the plough blade the truck can handle.
If you would like to learn more about picking the best snowplough for a Niagara Falls winter, or if you are interested in one of our products (truck equipment, truck lift gates, snow removal equipment, and truck bodies), please contact Coral Truck Equipment in Niagara Falls, Ontario at 289-808-9252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.