Vehicles used for Snow Plowing

Snow plowing is the process of removing snow and ice in places that receive heavy snowfall. 

This can be either hand-done or by using vehicles. In many Northern areas where this is to be done every day or more frequently, the Government typically takes care of this service on area roadways. However, private service providers also will be available for the same service but can be used on privately owned property and businesses. 

Instruments used for Snow plowing:

     The snowplow is usually made of iron or steel with sharp ends that can scoop up the ice from the roads and other outdoor surfaces. However, the handheld snow plow is a little different from those that are fixed to vehicles. While the former one is a manual and slow tiring scooping process, the latter one is quicker one where the ice is scraped from the area and then collected as a whole. 

Vehicles used for Snow plowing:

    Any vehicle from pick up trucks, front end loaders to graders can be used. The plowing instrument is attached to these vehicles in the front of the apparatus. Therefore, the mechanism of plowing involves a forward movement or pushing movement. Depending upon the amount and frequency of snow accumulation, different vehicles are used. These vehicles are in general categorized as “winter service vehicles”.

     In the temperate and near to polar regions where snowfall is very heavy, snow plowing is very important to be done to clear the roadways, airport runways, rooftops of houses, and on top of vehicles.  Multi-use vehicles come in handy during heavy snowfall times.

Common multiuse vehicles that can be used a plowing vehicle are towing trucks. These vehicles are rated for pulling forces but are also rated for pushing forces as seen with snow plowing. Removable blades and shovels are attached to the front of these vehicles during winter months so that they may be used when not being used as a towing vehicle. It is never advised to utilize a machine for both towing capabilites and pushing capabilites, unless specifically stated in the machines owners manual per the manufacturer. Always follow the directions outlined in your manual for ratings and calculations of torque, horsepower, tow load, etc…

For further information on multi use winter service vehicles, visit our friends at Allentown Towing Services. Call today to inquire about towing plans for private property and winter service plans.

Check out this video to see how the “Big Guys” operate Tow Plows in heavy winter snowfall regions such as New York. https://youtu.be/U3dAC81QBb0

Roof Snow Plowing

      Heavy snowfall usually forms a thick layer of snow on the rooftops of the houses. This can affect the structure and the warmth within the house. Hence, it needs to be cleaned periodically in order to keep your house warm and to ensure your roof does not become damaged from the weight of the snow and ice accumulation.

     As this is a tedious process, usually local residential and commercial snow plowing service providers provide this service. When the ice accumulation on the rooftops gets thicker, in order to remove ice completely without damaging the roof structure of the house, utilize snow plowing services. 

 How is it done?

      There are multiple types of roof snow removal equipment. However, the basic structure is to have a long enough control arm that can reach the rooftop. The instrument is attached at the end of that control arm. It is most efficient if the control arm can be adjusted to various lengths to clean various pitch and length roofs.  

Types of rooftop snow plowing:

      Typically, it consists of a sharp blade-like metal structure that can cut through the ice which then slides off over a smooth polythene layer attached to this plowing tool. Although this creates an even layer of ice, this can’t clean the ice completely as the blades need some clearance from the texture of the rooftop. 

      Other types of tools are very similar in design to shovels except this tool is placed in different angles that can break and pull the ice off the rooftop. Although this can clean most of the ice, it is a labor-intensive task that is best performed by professionals for larger jobs.

It is not advised that owners go on their roofs when it is already under load from heavy snow and ice. The additional weight of a person to the roof can overload the capacity of the roof and cause it to become damaged or the worst-case-scenario, give under the pressure. Either situation poses as a safety risk for those standing-by, occupants within the building or residence, and the snow removal person.

Additionally, the slippery integrity of ice or snow on a pitched roof can be very dangerous and slips and falls are greatly more likely. Trust professionals with safety equipment, proper tools, and proper training for your roof clearing tasks.

Snow Plowing

                                                     Snow plowing

  Need for snow plowing:

     Accumulation of snow on the roads and rooftops of houses causes big trouble for commuting and houses. This is more often faced in temperate and subtropical regions. This can damage the vehicle batteries making them not commutable. Hence timely clearance of the snow is very important to not get stranded by an ice-filled road or damaged car

Roadside snow plowing service:

      Although plowing can be personally done by the individuals themselves or by using the instruments with their vehicles, it gets difficult to do the same every day. The roadside plowing service providers come handy in those situations.

     These service providers are in general called winter service providers. They use heavy trucks called plow trucks for heavy snow plowing, small tractors for plowing snow from avenues and sidewalks or even specially designed cars. All these vehicles have an oversized plowing instrument with sharp edges attached in front of them. 

      Along with using plowing instruments, few vehicles have a blower that will heat up the accumulated layer and glass-like ice over the roads. This avoids the risk of vehicle tires getting slipped from roads which are one of the most frequent accidents in temperate regions during winter seasons.

    This helps in keeping the city commutable and maintaining the roads to be safe and preventing walls of the houses from getting too moist and damaged. Precipitation and wetness/dampness can sometimes cause needs for repairs and damages to property.…

Can a Tow Truck also Plow?

Tow Truck

     The truck used to tow other vehicles is called a tow truck. The towing is done for vehicles that are either repaired or having parking tickets or violating Government regulations. These are also called “wreckers” as towing is more commonly done for wrecked vehicles. These trucks can be either owned by the government itself or private authorities. 

     Tow truck doesn’t carry multiple vehicles at the same time, differing it from motor carriers. Hence the main usage of these trucks are limited to purposes specified thereof. 

Equipment used for Tow truck:

     Depending upon the purposes and towing capacity of the truck, different equipment is used.

For lifting and towing vehicles that fall in ditches due to accidents, the Boom” mechanism is employed. It has an adjustable boom with a winch to lift vehicles and tow them. In order to cradle the vehicles by holding either front or rear wheels, “Wheel lift” is used. 

     The integrated mechanism is a combination of boom and wheel lift, which is used to cradle vehicles that got wrecked but have movable wheels. When vehicles get immobilized, “Flatbed” and “Lift flatbed” mechanisms are used where entire vehicles are lifted off ground and carried on the bed of the wrecker.  

    The equipment is used depending upon the vehicle to be towed. The towing capacity depends on the size and capacity of the wreckers. Therefore, several calculations are required for the ultimate safety in application and effectiveness. Having a working understanding of the terminology mentioned above and having a functional working knowledge of their use is imperative for a safe and reliable experience when working with various towing methodologies and technologies.

For these reasons, one must ensure that the lift mechanism of the tow truck functionality does not undermine or interfere with the safety specifications of the plowing and pushing factors of a vehicle that also plows. Follow all safety recommendations from the manufacturer before attempting, and ensure for your first time that you have an experienced professional to guide you. …

The Right Plowing Technique

As a farmer, you have probably asked yourself if your plowing technique is correct. This is a question every good farmer has asked themselves due to one reason or the other. And why not? Plowing is one of the determinants of whether your crop will be good or not. Good plowing is the start of a great planting season and may go as far as harvesting.

The main purpose of plowing is to create loosened soil that can be made into a seedbed, perfect for planting. This article gives a step by step guide on the perfect plowing method to start planting season correctly.

The first step like any other good method is preparing. Preparation involves several things including checking that all your equipment is in a good functioning state. Oil what’s you need to oil, ensure you have enough fuel, and that you have all the essential equipment. The field should also be part of the preparation process. Ensure that the field is free from plant material that could clog up the plow; any plants or weeds should be closer to the ground. Also, ensure that your field is dry as plowing on wet ground will damage both the vehicle and the soil structure.

The second step calls for connecting the plow. Connect the plow to the three-point linkage and make sure that the ‘check chains’ are nice and loose but not so loose that the plow hits the back tires when it swings from side to side. This adjustment is necessary in case you hit a big rock. This enables the plow to skid sideways rather than breaking anything on the tractor.

The third step is the plowing part. This part is fairly easy. Start on the right side of the field, drop the plow onto the ground with the 3 point linkage, drive the tractor 6 foot forwards and then inspect the results. The first cut always has to be more difficult because there is no adjacent furrow for the turf to fall in it. It is always better to put up marker poles to guide you on the first furrow.

The first adjustment you should make is the depth wheel that should be set at an 8” furrow. Ensure that you do not get any deeper than your plow is designed for or else the turfs will not fold over neatly.  The top link adjustment is the next one. lengthening the top link will cause a 5hr back plow to lower and create a deep furrow. It needs to be just right as lowering it too much it can send the plow pointing upwards preventing a proper dig.

Finally, do a little more tillage on the ground as plowing is only the first step. Ensure that you do harrowing and rotovating before you can start planting. If this is your first time, ensure that you have an expert on The field with you to ensure that you do it properly. The most important thing to remember is that you need to loosen the soil properly to increase the chances of proper plant growth.