By the 1920’s a type of
“fixed” V-plow had come into use
predominately on municipal trucks.
However, the first V-plows were not
like the V-plows produced today.
Today’s V-plows make use of modern hydraulic
control systems to place the blade in
multiple positions for greater flexibility
than the older
fixed V-plow snow plows or the modern
straight snow plows.
A larger number of contractors have been
giving the V-Plow snow plows a closer look
when they go shopping for a new plow. While
blade snow plows are still the dominant snow
plow for commercial contractors, the V-Plow
is quickly gaining ground.
Recent statistics show that nearly 80% of
contractors own a straight snow plow and
about 40% own a V-Plow however the numbers
looking to purchase a straight plow versus
V-Plows are now about even.
V-Plows have a greater flexibility to tackle
a wider range of snow. They can work like a
straight blade plow but a straight plow may
be the most efficient configuration for the
conditions you find yourself plowing in.
Weather and surface conditions can vary.
In Western NY wet snow can turn into frozen
snow very quickly and this is where the
V-Plow can really go to work. A properly
V-Plow can cut through the snow the way a
heavy maul splits a piece of firewood making
a path for windrowing.
In deep snow conditions many contractors
find they work very well by opening a pass
when in the V position.
In condominium and apartment complexes a
little “creativity” may be required when
space for snow to be pushed to is at a
times in these complexes, buildings are
close together and the snow needs to be
accurately directed into tight spaces
buildings or even parked vehicles.
When the V-Plow is set to the “scoop”
position it has the ability to push the snow
and take it up over a snow bank. This
very helpful after a WNY lake effect snow
storm and the snow stacks are getting bigger
A lot of contractors also find that when the
plow is in the V position it is easier to
maneuver when just driving because it has a
The most appreciated aspect of the V-Plow
certainly has to be its versatility. With up
six configurations you have more options on
you move the snow from point A to point B.
Cost is top of the list and for straight
residential driveways the benefit is
minimal. Second is that it is not a box plow
and will not “push” as
much volume of snow as a
pusher / box plow will. Lastly, there is
a learning curve only because the V-Plow is
so very versatile.
You will need to learn how to take advantage
of all that it is able to do. Fortunately
for even a novice snow removal contractor it
very steep learning curve.
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 "V" or V-Blade snow
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Bison Snow Plows is located in the Bison
Fleet Complex at:
1615 William St
Buffalo, NY 14206