The state, city or municipality is usually responsible for winter maintenance of roads. In this article, we would like to describe how different machines with blades could help and what to think about when selecting and operating them.
The road maintenance plan should usually specify:
Furthermore, maintenance is specified according to the needs of the city or municipality. The procedure described in winter road maintenance should always apply from 1 November to 31 March (at least in Czech Republic).
For more efficient road maintenance, various machines are used to which a snow plow can be attached. Applicable machines are:
A front plow, a rear plow or a rotatable plow can be attached to these machines. Ideally, a plow with an interchangeable suspension adapter system can be used. This plow can be used on various vehicles.
The plow can be used to remove snow, mud or leaves. Various other loose materials can be removed with it.
The advantage of using a plow is more efficient cleaning. Thanks to the use of rubber blades, the road or sidewalk is not damaged at the same time. The metal surface of the plow does not rub against the hard surface and thus both the plow and the cleaned surface are protected.
Snow plows are manufactured with different widths. In practice, the plow width is usually 1000 mm to 3500 mm. The correct choice of width depends on whether the sidewalk (smaller width) or the road or motorway (larger width) is being cleaned.
Snow plows can be used in two different ways:
Rubber blade edge allows minimal wear of the plow and minimal damage to the cleaned surface. Snow plows can be fitted with either bevelled or non-bevelled rubber blades.
KSK Belt is a manufacturer of rubber blades for snow plows. Contact us for more information.