Monthly Archives: July 2019

Sno-Way V-Plow for Half-Ton Trucks

Very few companies have a v-plow for 1/2 trucks despite the fact that 1/2 ton trucks are among the most popular vehicles (let alone trucks) in the US. Sno-Way recently introduced their v-plow for 1/2 tons into the market and they went all out because it has a wider reach than any other v-plow for a 1/2 ton.

You probably already know, the problem with v-plows on 1/2 ton trucks is there is too much weight hanging off of the front end. Most people just opt for a straight blade or a straight blade with wings, but Sno-Way is really trying to wow the 1/2 ton market with a v-plow and their “Revolution” plow (a plow that uses hydraulics to utilize adjustable wings).

What Sno-Way does differently than everyone else is use Grade 50 and Grade 80 steal which takes less steal yet provides the same strength that the cheap steal other manufacturers use. It is this stronger steal that allows Sno-Way to build an 8 foot wide v-plow that doesn’t break your truck.

This v-plow comes with the Down Pressure system that we have talked about before, which comes in really handy for back-dragging or maintaining control while you are trying to quickly clear a lot. You can use their integrated programmable controllers to work your plow and spreader from one-handheld controller with your favorite settings programmed into the system.

that we have talked about before, which comes in really handy for back-dragging or maintaining control while you are trying to quickly clear a lot. You can use their integrated programmable controllers to work your plow and spreader from one-handheld controller with your favorite settings programmed into the system.

You can find out more about the Sno-Way 26V snow plow for 1/2 trucks at https://www.snoway.com/plows/26v-series/.

Sno-Way 26V Snow Plow for 1/2 ton trucks
Sno-Way 26V v-plow for 1/2 ton trucks

Plow Markers from Winter Products

You know that plow markers are an essential part of any plow. and yet too many plow markers are made so poorly that they don’t last very long. Maybe Winter Products has the answer for us?

They claim their plow markers are “virtually indestructible.” With what is inside, we can see why. They basically used plastic coated galvanized steel aircraft cable (check out the image at the bottom of the post). You can see in the video that these plow markers will take a lot of beating and other than getting a little bent out of shape, they stay in good condition throughout their punishment.

If you are new to plowing, you should know good plow markers are essential to help show you where the edges of your plow are. Good plow markers are important because they need to withstand wind, snow, ice, and more. It is frustrating to be out plowing, 30 miles from home, and have a plow marker snap off on you. While you can vow you will never buy a cheap plow marker again, you are still stuck with no plow marker now.

Even if you are a municipality and the shop is only 15 minutes away, you still don’t want to stop to install a new plow marker, so having plow markers that are going to last a long time under punishing conditions is important.

Watch the video to see the plow markers go through some punishment. If nothing else, you may find it therapeutic to watch these plow markers go through the wringer.

Plow Markers from Winter Products with view of the cable inside

Sno-Way RVB Drop Spreader

Sno-Way RVB Drop Spreader

Sno-Way Intl. keeps at it every year with introducing a lot of innovations to our industry, and we get to share with you an ingenious design trick they implemented to instantly convert a mounted UTV broadcast spreader into a drop spreader.

This feature is really great for buildings and grounds folks where they have a lot of sidewalks, especially properties that have both broad and standard paved foot-paths. You can use the UTV to broadcast spread on a wide foot-path area with the Sno-Way RVB 10 and RVB 500 (10 and 500 cubic foot capacities), which is great because the small UTV is a lot friendlier to get around pedestrian traffic than a pickup (being careful not to broadcast spread into pedestrians, thank you).

But then when you get to standards sidewalks, the broadcast spreaders become useless. A lot of property managers are forced to buy separate equipment and dedicate some UTVs for broadcast spreading and some for drop spreading. If you always wanted to use one vehicle to do both jobs, Sno-Way created your solution by creating a simple hood to convert their broadcast spreader into a drop spreader.

The accessory to change these spreaders to a drop spread pattern costs you peanuts compared to buying a second spreader, so it is definitely worth checking out. You can learn more about the Sno-Way Drop Spreader attachment for UTV spreaders here.

Western Products Unveils New Nighthawk LED Headlamps With EdgeView Technology

Highlights:

  • Western Products unveiled its new Nighthawk LED headlamps with its EdgeView Technology at the 2019 NTEA Work Truck Show.
  • The LED headlamps feature side lamps that direct light through the outer edge of each headlamp to provide a full 180 degrees of light visibility from plow edge to plow edge—as well as a heating system to keep ice and snow off.
  • Nighthawk LED headlamps will be offered as a new headlamp option for Western truck plows 2008 or newer.

Western Products, unveiled its new Nighthawk LED headlamps at the 2019 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. They feature what Western calls its EdgeView Technology for better lighting off to the sides and a light pattern that throws the light further forward in a way that lets you see objects in front and to the side better than their previous headlamps.

The new Nighthawk LED headlamps include their EdgeView Technology, which features a dedicated lens and LED bulb that directs light through the outer edge of each headlamp. The design provides a full 180 degrees of light visibility, illuminating the plow from edge to edge, providing you the best possibility while plowing late at night.

Since the headlamps are LED, they about two times the light output that a similar halogen bulb would ensuring you get maximum visibility. The solid optics and lens pattern on the lights provides a light pattern Western tested extensively to shine the light exactly where it needs to be instead of the old fashioned reflectors you find with common halogen and even some LED plow lights. Western basically “precision tuned” the light pattern on their new Nighthawk LED headlamps to give you a wider, fuller light pattern for greater visibility. As you know better lighting is always welcome at night when you have been up for almost two days straight. You can plow faster and safer when you can see what you are plowing better and it reduces eye fatigue.

These Nighthawk LED headlamps include an innovative heating system and lens design that work to prevent ice bridging. The heating system uses temperature-sensitive heating elements that activate when needed to reduce ice buildup. This is a welcome feature because LED lights don’t warm up the lens as well as halogen lamps, so a poorly designed plow light will accumulate snow faster than the heat from the LED’s can melt it off. The heating system should mean you never have to get out of your truck to wipe off the lenses.

To prevent ice bridging, the headlamp features a sloped lens design without a bezel. Ice bridging happens in some lights when the lamps warm the snow up enough to melt, but then it accumulates and refreezes at the bezel creating an ice build-up which can be hard to remove.

While headlamps tend not to be a primary factor in what plow you buy, the newer headlamps that are coming out for plows are a welcome change. If you are out plowing all night long most people will notice the difference between the new, high performance LED lights versus the old halogens since they cause less eye strain and therefore less overall fatigue, not to mention, who doesn’t want to see what they are doing better so you avoid hitting avoidable hazards? If you plow professionally and you are going to buy a Western Plow, definitely consider upgrading to the new Nighthawk lights.