While the mechanics vary
slightly from model to model, there are two
basic types of trip snow plows, a
full trip and a trip edge.
A trip system is an important element of a
snow plow for protecting not only the plow
but also the truck and its driver. Each
type of trip plow
will react differently when hitting objects
during snow removal.
On a snow plow fitted with a trip edge,
only the edge of the snow plow will trip
while on a full trip snow plow, the entire
A trip snow plow incorporates a set of
springs that are designed to trip the edge
or the moldboard back to avoid damaging the
truck when it encounters an obstacle in the
TRIP EDGE PROS:
Generally speaking the best feature of trip
edges is that they hardly ever false trip.
The trip edge is designed not to trip when
only when striking an immovable object such
as cracks in pavement or manhole covers.
Because of this, trip edges function well
while applying down pressure producing a
cleaner scrape. Should the edge trip, only
the snow on the
edge comes off of the plow making for less
TRIP EDGE CONS:
Because trip edges are harder to trip they
can also be rougher on the plow, truck and
driver when you hit something - and you will
something that does not want to move while
you are plowing snow.
Trip edge snow plows are usually used
together with some type of full down
pressure system causing the plows cutting
edge to wear faster. Any
obstacle higher than the trip edge will hit
the snow plow's moldboard.
FULL TRIP PROS:
On a full trip the entire moldboard trips.
This feature means that the full trip is not
as tough on the plow, truck or driver and
will trip on higher
obstacles. The cutting edge on a full trip
plow typically last longer as most full trip
plows are not equipped with a full down
FULL TRIP CONS:
When the snow is hard packed or wet and
heavy a full trip plow can false trip, a
lot. Since the entire moldboard is
tripped, it dumps the snow
that was on the blade and the driver has to
make another pass or back up. In either case
the blade must be reset and this takes time.
As a rule, full trip plows do not work well
with full down pressure systems as the
system would increase the amount of false
trips. Because of
this, full trip snow plows do not scrape
well due to the reduced downward pressure.
In Buffalo and Western NY Bison Snow Plows
offers a wide variety of snow plow and snow
removal equipment including several sizes
brands of the full trip and trip edge snow
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Bison Snow Plows is located in the Bison
Fleet Complex at:
1615 William St
Buffalo, NY 14206