Article:  The Box Snow Plow

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 to 5
times more than a conventional straight blade plow.

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 steers.


Cost compared to the volume of snow they push. Pushers are simple because they are just a big wide box shaped plow with no moving parts
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 round.

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. Maneuverability
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 thing for
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 unless you
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 will help
get in to buildings a little closer but pusher plows have a limited capability in back dragging.

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 usually mounted
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 plow.

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Bison Snow Plows is located in the Bison Fleet Complex at:

1615 William St
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: (716) 894-5799



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