Box plows are sometimes
called snow pushers because they literally
“push” the snow.
They have also been called containment plows
due to the sides of the plow that forms the
box type feature.
Because of this “box like” design they are
able to hold more snow then straight blade
or V-plow blades. Some box plows can hold 3
times more than a conventional straight
The box, pusher plows are all about
“containment”, moving large amounts of snow
across wide open areas. Box plows are
typically used on
backhoes, front loaders, tractors and skid
Cost compared to the volume of snow they
push. Pushers are simple because they are
just a big wide box shaped plow with no
and are usually mounted on some form of
earth moving equipment.
For snow plow contractors handling
commercial parking areas such as industrial
parks, office parks, retail store parking
areas and so on generally
mount a box plow on a large front loader.
This type of configuration can clear massive
amounts of snow in less time than several
conventional straight blade snow plows. This
also allows a
contractor to use their heavy equipment year
Box plows are designed to push large amounts
of snow in straight lines and with as much
as 300 to 500% more capacity than a straight
blade plow, and they will clear large areas
of snow very efficiently. When used in
conjunction with other more traditional or
standard snow plows, pusher plows
are a good part of a snow removal arsenal.
The feature that makes them so efficient at
moving large amounts of snow from parking
surfaces is also their biggest weakness.
is not the strong suit of the box plow and
transportation between properties is
typically not done.
They are big, wide, heavy and mounted to a
big, lumbering front loader. Too wide and
too slow for the road, but they are just the
clearing a large area of snow, and this is
the main reason that pusher plows are
typically dedicated to a single property for
the winter season.
Pusher plows or box plows do not angle, they
go in one direction so approximately half
the time spent plowing is spent backing up
are also back-blading which they do not do
well due in part to their fixed side plates.
Fitting the box plow with a pull-back option
get in to buildings a little closer but
pusher plows have a limited capability in
Pusher or box plows are big by design so
they can push a lot of snow, but this size
adds to reduced visibility. Pusher plows are
close in which affects visibility even more.
Mounting this type of plow on a skid steer
increases the already difficult visibility
problem. A skid steer mounting also reduces
the ability to
stack the snow as efficiently as an angle
plow on a truck.
In very heavy snow conditions the pusher
plow can overfill, leaving windows that the
more traditional truck mounted snow plows
will need to
clean up. Traditional box plows have a
rubber edge so in effect a box plow is
really a very large squeegee.
The truth is, for all of their effectiveness
in clearing large amounts of snow, they do
not clean packed snow and ice well.
Steel edged box plows have become more
popular in recent years for this reason.
In Buffalo and Western NY Bison Snow Plows
offers a wide variety of snow plow and snow
removal equipment including the box snow
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Bison Snow Plows is located in the Bison
Fleet Complex at:
1615 William St
Buffalo, NY 14206