There are many different types of snowplows: straight, V-blade, UTV plow, steel, poly, etc. It can be a little overwhelming if you are not sure what type of plow you need for the work you are doing.
If you want a plow purely for home use, or even to clear a few family members’ or friends’ driveways, a straight blade will be more than sufficient.
If you own a UTV or ATV, you could consider a snowplow that will work with your vehicle. These are good for personal use at home or at camp, as their plowing capabilities are almost equal to the efficiency of those of a plow for smaller sized pick-up trucks.
If you are looking to plow commercially such as parking lots, long rural driveways or side roads or if you plan on having more than just a few accounts, you may want to consider a V-plow. The multi-position capabilities of V-plow will make plowing snow easier and faster, keeping you moving from one job to the next.
Straight blades are still a big seller as they are a less costly than a V-blade. However, due to the multi-position capabilities of a V-plow, it is able to direct snow much differently than a straight blade. In the “scoop” position, a V-plow can stack snow in a way that a straight blade simply can’t match. Slicing through snow that has frozen overnight is also vastly easier with a V-plow. While in the “V” position, the plow’s sharp arrowhead configuration cuts through hard snow better than the flat edge of a straight blade, making operation easier on the plow, truck and operator.
They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Of the three, poly is the most slick. Snow will not stick to blade and will slide off the side faster and easier. Poly is also virtually indestructible. One common misconception is that poly is lighter than steel. In fact, most poly plows are heavier than steel because of the reinforced steel framework that rests behind the poly moldboard.
Stainless steel is corrosion and rust resistant. Consequently, it is more prone to dents and scratches. Any rocks you hit will leave “dings” on the plow. Over time, this may look unsightly and could affect the plows performance.
Mild steel is the industry standard. It has been used to manufacture plows for decades. Steel plows are treated with a zinc powder coating to help prevent rust; however, over time rust will occur. Still, mild steel plows can be relied upon to be durable, rigid, and valuable.