Sno-Way Revolution™ Plow vs. V-Plows and Extendable Plows

The Sno-Way Revolution™ Plow was designed from the ground up to be the ultimate plow for all of your needs.  The plow is all about doing “more” and so it has many advantages over the typical v-plow and extendable plows.  We took the idea from the movable wings on v-plows and married those wings to a straight blade giving you the best of all worlds.

The secret is in our patented, hydraulically activated, 13 ½” wide wings.   Your options for moving a lot of snow become almost endless all from the comfort of the cab of your truck.  If you get a straight blade with extensions, you normally get only a 20 degree angle and those extensions get in the way of windrowing.  The Sno-Way Revolution™ Plow has the technology to change that angle anywhere from 0-90° providing you with almost endless ways to move snow (the wings actually fold in further than 90° for transport, but we know you wouldn’t plow that way). 

Move More Snow

A typical 9’ straight blade can push about 1.0 cu. yd. of snow.

A typical V-Plow can push up to 4.3 cu. yd. of snow when using an inverted V configuration.

The Sno-Way Revolution™ Plow can push up to 6.1 cu. yd. of snow!

That is over 40 cu. yd. more snow than a 9′ straight blade!  It is not rocket science.  A box plow can always move more snow.  We like to think you are getting the best of all worlds with the ability of the Revolution™ plow to change from a straight blade to a box plow and then back to a straight blade on the fly, simply by pushing a button.

Clear a Wider Path

Normally you max out at a 9’ Blade on most trucks whether you are using a straight blade or a v-plow. Let’s face it, it is hard to transport a 10’ plow down the road and your normal 120” plow is too heavy for lighter trucks.  We designed the Revolution™ plow with high strength steel to be more durable than the competition, yet light enough to mount on a ¾ ton truck, and with our Down Pressure™ technology, you will get a better clean on a single pass than the average blade.

The best part is, with the Revolution™ plow, pushing a button will shrink the 10’ wide straight blade down to a transport position making the Revolution™ as easy to transport the highways as a 9’ wide straight blade.

Versatility

The Sno-Way Revolution™ plow marries the versatility of a v-plow with the benefits of a wide straight blade with extensions.  You can get the excellent curb cleaning capabilities the extensions on a straight blade offer you and then seconds later reap the benefits of the Revolution™ plow’s huge snow pushing capacity.

The Sno-Way programmable controllers are one of the secrets to the effectiveness of the Revolution™ plow.  You can program in certain configurations for your plow (like cleaning a curb on the left side, curb cleaning on the right side, box plow mode, etc.) so with a touch of a button you can move your plow into any of your favorite configurations.

The Ultimate Snow Plow

When you add together the Sno-Way Revolution™ plow with our Down Pressure™ system applying 250 psi of force on the blade edge against the ground, the Pro Control™ advanced controllers, EIS™ and 4Sight™ advanced lighting systems, and Drive-In™ truck mounting system, you have a plow like no other allowing you to get more done than any other plow on the market for every minute you are on the clock.  Move more snow today with the Revolution™ plow!



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Sno-Way Stronger Smarter Better Through Innovation Shield

Why Sno-Way is Stronger

Written by: Terry Wendorff, President of Sno-Way, Intl.

Sno-Way has this badge on all of its literature, STRONGER, SMARTER, BETTER THROUGH INNOVATION.  I would like to explain to you what this means to us at Sno-Way and how we live it every day.

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We talk about STRONGER because Sno-Way products are stronger, even though we are much lighter than our competitor’s products. We started in the mid 1990’s to use high strength low alloy steels, what this accomplished is that we get more strength using half the thickness of the steel, which translates into less over all weight in the product. We realized way back then that the front axle ratings on trucks were going to get lighter and softer so we would have car like rides in our trucks. We also knew that it just made much more sense for the truck and the suspension, that it would last longer and have lower maintenance cost if the plow is lighter. People know if we carry less weight on our bodies our joints such as hips, knees and feet last longer. No different for trucks, if the front end does not have to carry as much weight it is easier on the suspension, ball joints and tires therefore less maintenance cost and down time. The lighter product requires less power from your electrical system when you are functioning the plow, even with two batteries and a strong charging system with all the other electronic gadgets that we use today electrical systems are taxed to the max and by using less power you can operate longer without running the batteries out of power.

Another area our design utilizes high strength low alloy steel is in the blade frame. We use a formed channel on the bottom of the blade, which gives the blade structure extra torsional strength without the use of additional gussets or tubes so that the blade does not bend. By using high strength low alloy steel we are able to use thinner gauge steel and eliminate the extra parts needed for strength, combined with high strength low alloy steel ribs we take that extra load off the front of your truck without sacrificing strength.

Let’s examine the paint process that we use to give you a STRONGER paint job. First we pickle the parts which in essence is an acid etch to remove any weld varnish or mill scale from the surface of the material for better paint adhesion. Then we wash the parts with RO water (Reverse Osmosis) this means we take the city water and take all the impurities out of the water so we are washing the parts with pure water. We all know that if the base metal is not cleaned properly the paint will not adhere to the metal. Then we coat the material with a zinc phosphate wash for an extra layer of rust protection, this treatment is what makes the paint to adhere to the metal. Then we prime the parts with a liquid e coat for another layer of rust protection. Finally we paint with ultra violet stable powder paint for final top coat. What you end up with is a triple coat coating that provides the best salt spray hours in the industry. So you end up with the strongest paint quality in all the industry. If we take this kind of care in designing and painting our products you know you are getting the best that anyone has to offer.

Sno-Way Stronger Smarter Better Through Innovation Shield

Why Sno-Way is a Smarter Plow

Written by: Terry Wendorff, President of Sno-Way, Intl.

Sno-Way has this badge on all of our literature, STRONGER, SMARTER, BETTER THROUGH INNOVATION.  I would like to explain to you what this means to us and how we live it every day.

Our products work SMARTER because of the way they are designed. One example is our direct lift linkage; we use a Lift Bar Bell Crank System. This system provides some advantages that a chain lift system does not offer; I will cover a few examples of the benefits. An advantage this system provides is for a smoother transport ride, because the plow is not bouncing up and down as you travel on the road, this helps protect your suspension on your truck. This system provides higher stacking capability and a positive stop for the plow that will transfer the stack loads across the total structure of the plow, rather than into the truck frame. We have a mechanical lift advantage with the Lift Bar Bell Crank System so we draw less power from the trucks electrical system when you are lifting the plow. This translate into the trucks electrical system lasting longer because it is not being over taxed, this will allow the operator to stay out longer in the field moving more snow.

I will give you another example of an area of the plow that we have a SMARTER design that basically goes unnoticed. In our a-frame and swing frame weldments, we are using structural tubing to increase strength, decrease weight and increase flexible strength. By using the structural tubing we develop a much stronger cross sectional strength, than using angle iron and welding plate to the angle to make it into a tube. By using structural tubing we gain flexible strength that allows this area to flex when they are in load conditions. This stops the parts from taking a set and then causing the parts to crack and then break apart and fail. This SMARTER design keeps you working on your job, and reduces your overall maintenance cost over the life of the product.

To look at another example of SMARTER let’s look at our 29VHD Plow. This plow is a full trip plow with double acting cylinders and an easy mounting system. What sets this Vee plow apart from all the other Vee plows in the market is the Max Adjusts System.

This system allows you to adjust and level the plow to match the truck that you are plowing with. The system makes sure you have the best chance of scrapping the surface clean with a Vee plow. If you need to transfer another manufactures Vee plow from one truck to another truck you need to make a major adjustment to re level the plow. You will need to take it to the shop to disassemble and move the a- frame to another mounting hole, this can take two to three hours just to get it back to level for a different truck. Then consider as the truck suspension changes or the wear strips wear uneven you normally have no adjustment. With the Sno-Way MAX ADJUST SYSTEM you just take a single wrench and turn it and watch the head rotate until you have it level with the surface. Talk about time savings, the fact that you are plowing with a blade that is level and cleaning down to the surface, reduces your plowing time and makes you more money.

Our latest development is really revolutionary; and it is our family of “R” Series plows. We designed a family of plows that has a wing on each side of the blade. The wings are attached to a hinge which rotates around the end of the blade. The advantage of this hinge system is that you have full control from zero degrees to 90 degrees, so you can make this plow into a full box plow or have one wing open and one wing close for windrowing. Being able to make this plow into a box plow you can put the snow where you want it. This is especially helpful when you are plowing a parking lot and vehicles are already parked there, you won’t be moving snow behind and underneath the vehicles because you control the wings and therefore where the snow is moved.

The hinge system also keeps the wear strips flat on the ground, unlike the plows, that have wings that slides out of the blade ends, they cannot keep the wear strip flat on the ground which means less surface cleaning. Another concern is with the slide out wings can only be rotated about 30 degrees and if you should bend one of the slides out wings, good luck getting them to function and repairing them. With the “R” Series plows you can flat out move more snow. So if you are currently using a Vee plow and using it mainly in the scoop position, so you can carry snow, then it’s time to change plows and put a “R” Series plow on your truck. When you combine the” R” Series plow with Down Pressure you will cut your plowing time in about half. I cannot think of a better way to increase your productivity so you can take on more accounts and make more money.
So I hope you can see that with the examples I provided, we not only live the word SMARTER we provide you with SMARTER plowing solutions.


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Half-Ton Truck Snow Plow

Your Truck As The Snow Plow Power Supply

If you have been in the Snow & Ice Control business for any length of time, you have heard the words “your batteries are bad.” This phrase is even a headache for the equipment manufacturer because by the time someone diagnosed the battery problem, you were likely having equipment problems. It may have been the plow is moving slowly, working intermittently, or not lifting very well or it could be a spreader jam or the spreader just stops working completely.

­These problems can happen even if the batteries are good but your charging system is not large enough to keep up with all of the power requirements.  Your truck needs to run your snow and ice equipment, along with laptops, cell phones, heaters, wipers, radio etc. etc. You get the picture.

A charge too small for your power needs will cause a drop in voltage and when you are in a low voltage condition the plow may operate irregularly.  You may think that a coil or valve is bad when in fact the coils do not have enough power to position the valve properly.  Yet the common response is “this plow is broken” and we take it in to the shop.

We stop what we are doing and drive to the shop or dealer only to find out that when we get there the plow works fine; no problems we are told.  We go back out to get the job done and the problems come back, but this time we go back and demand something is done and most of the time the dealer will replace a coil or a solenoid and send us back out.

What is really going on is when we drive back and forth to the dealer our charging system catches up and the plow now has enough power to work again!

What can you do to stop a poor power supply from interrupting you snow removal?  Here are some things that we can do to help minimize this problem.

We can make sure that all of the connections to and from the battery are kept tight and cleaned as well as the power connections on the accessories.  If there are poor connections, you will create resistance in the power and/or ground circuit and this will cause a greater voltage drop to the accessories.

The worse the connections, the more power your equipment will use, the more power it consumes, the more demand will be on your battery.  I think you see the problem here.  By keeping your connection and your equipment in top shape, it will help conserve power consumption.

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You also need to make sure your truck can handle the job.  You can’t expect an undersized battery to hold up and even some factory installed alternators will disappoint you during peak usage of your plow.

The best answer is to use dual batteries and a heavy-duty, high-output alternator to maximize the power output from your truck.  It is best to use dual batteries to keep the demand on each batter more reasonable preventing premature battery failure.  Dual batteries may actually even save you money in the long run because an overworked battery will have a short life.

Check your alternator output to, and ensure it can keep up with the demands of the equipment you are running.  Be sure to include ALL of the equipment: plow, spreader, radio, phone, GPS, laptop, and everything else you will have going while tackling a big snow fall.  If you are not sure how to figure out what your power needs are, that is what your local dealer is for, feel free to consult with them about the poor supply equipment you need to stay in the field.

So keep an eye on your equipment so you can keep it working.  Just like the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so don’t waste time, but ensure your truck is set for some great snow plowing this year.

Keep plowing.

Half-Ton Pickup Snow Plow

Best Snow Plow for a ½ Ton Pickup

Lighter weight trucks still need heavy duty snow plows; our half-ton pickup snow plows provide the best answer for your plowing needs.

The 26 Series Snow Plow by Sno-Way is Your Ticket to Results

Whether you are a guy just plowing a small lot or you are a contractor who appreciates how a ½ ton truck is more economical than a ¾ ton, you need a reliable snow plow that is going to move snow fast so you can get the job done.  Not only that, but you also need a plow that weighs less so the snow plow does not drag down the front end of your pickup.  The contractor grade Sno-Way 26 series plow is your answer for a plow designed for a ½ ton pickup that is built to endure years of heavy contractor use.

A Lighter Yet MORE Durable Snow Plow

Our snow plows use high strength steel, so it takes less steel to build a snow plow with the greater strength.  That means our plows are both lighter AND stronger at the same time.  Not only is the plow lighter, with our patented Down Pressure™ system your light plow pushes hard against the ground for a cleaner surface on the first pass and because the plow pushes down, more weight is moved to your rear tires giving you more control and stability even while pushing wet, heavy snow.  That means you can safely drive faster while plowing and still get a clean surface.

Less Time, cleaner surface…there must be a catch.  The catch is you are using the latest technology designed by our snow plow engineers, patented so no one else can give you this performance.  Look to the other guys for an old hunk of steel on your front end; look to Sno-Way for the latest in high performance snow plows.

Innovative Plows for Plowing Excellence

We worked smarter instead of harder to give you the best snow plow on the market for your half-ton pickup truck allowing YOU to work smarter instead of harder.  We truly innovated and revolutionized the half-ton truck snow plows, making an affordable snow plow that is unsurpassed in the industry.  Contact your local snow plow dealer today about how a high quality Sno-Way snow plow can meet your specific needs.

Half-Ton Truck Snow Plow

The Best Snow Plow for a 1/2 Ton Truck

What snow plow can you mount on a half-ton truck that can move more snow than a v-plow?  Only the 26 Revolution series ½ ton snow plow.

The 26 R Plow Moves the Most Snow

We named this serious the “Revolution” series because it has revolutionized snow plowing.  At the touch of a button on the controller, this straight blade snow plow becomes a box plow on the front of your truck, moving more than twice the amount of snow than a regular v-blade snow plow.

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A Heavy Duty Half-Ton Plow that is Easy on Your Truck

Our trademark Shock Killer™ system absorbs more impact so your truck doesn’t have to.  That is not the only benefit our plow has for your medium duty truck.  Our plows are physically lighter because we user higher strength steel on our plow than the competition, which means less stress on your vehicle for more plow on your front end.

The Best Cleaning Half-Ton Rated Snow Plow

Will a “light” plow clean the surface as well?  You bet when that plow is the 26R with our patented Ground Hugger™ blade design as well as our patented Down Pressure™ hydraulic system.  Other plows are too heavy for a ½ ton truck, they drag down your front end and leave little weight on your back tires making you slip and slide while plowing.

With the light weight of our plow, with our Ground Hugger,™ and with our Down Pressure™ technologies, you actually plow a cleaner surface than your average heavy plow and because the down pressure allows more weight to be on your rear tires than an average plow, you can safely plow a lot at a higher speed even in heavy wet snows because you have the control and stability you need with your truck.

We aren’t Done Telling You How Much We Love this Ultimate Snow Plow!

The 26R Snow Plow has a drive in mounting system as well as a light system that directly wires into your truck (it makes for a faster install and a system that does not break).  The e-coat primer and military grade powder coat finish means it is harder for rust to attack your blade.  We can’t even imagine a better plow for a half-ton truck; this plow truly Revolutionizes the Half-Ton Snow Plow market.

Find Out More About the 26R Plows for Half-Ton Trucks

You can find out more details about the 26R Series Snow Plows on our main site.  Better yet, you can contact your local dealer today to get the best advice about the right snow plow setup for your ½ ton truck.

Sno-Way Revolution Sno-Plow - How to prepare your snow plow for storage.

How to Store a Snow Plow in About an Hour or Less

A snow plow is an expensive investment and like any other piece of equipment that is used for only part of the year, your plow should be stored properly to keep the equipment in its best condition. It takes very little time to prepare a snow plow for storage and it not only keeps the plow looking good, properly storing your snow plow could also prevent costly repairs down the road. Most experienced people can prepare their plow for storage in less than an hour.  If this is your first time or your snow plow is really dirty, it may take a little longer.

You can watch our video or keep reading below for the information you need to properly store your snow plow.

1. Clean the Snow Plow

Remove any dirt and debris from the plow. Salt, sand, and dirt on your plow will encourage corrosion, so to keep you plow in good condition for the long term, clean it with warm soapy water (regular dish soap works fine) and a water rinse. We do NOT recommend use of a high pressure power sprayer and do NOT run your plow through an automatic car wash. Be careful to avoid getting any electrical connections excessively wet while cleaning your plow.

2. Look Over the Snow Plow for Damage.

Look for hydraulic fluid that appears after washing the plow to discover any hydraulic leaks. Do a visual inspection of all hydraulic lines and wiring for kinks, scrapes, bulges, or anything abnormal that shows damage to the plow. Complete a visual inspection of the frame for cracks, bowing, or buckles. Be sure to also check for scratches or holes in your headlight lenses. Now is the time to find and fix any damage rather than letting your snow plow get worse while it sits in storage. For severe damage, make plans to replace your plow next season.

3. Disconnect the Snow Plow

Park the plow where you can store it. If you have the ability to move a pallet, we recommend you put your snow plow on a pallet so you can easily move and store your plow. Follow the directions that came with your plow to disconnect your unit.  We recommend parking your plow indoors or on concrete or asphalt.

4. Protect the Electrical Connections.

Put dielectric grease on all electrical connectors (connectors on the truck AND on the plow) to prevent corrosion. Put all necessary caps on or plug together any necessary electrical connections. You can find dielectric grease at most automotive parts stores, most big box stores with an automotive department (like Walmart), or online.

5. Remove Rust

All plows work in harsh environments that will create scratches and chips on the finish of your plow. To keep your plow looking cosmetically appealing, remove the rust with a wire brush then cover the affected areas with 2-3 layers of factory formulated touch up paint for the best protection and for a color that will match what is on your plow.

6. Grease the Plow

Use lithium grease spray to protect and lubricate every movable part on the plow including all joints, pins, and hinges. We recommend a spray on lithium grease like you can find in most automotive stores or automotive departments.

Use Lithium grease on the cylinders too (non-painted side) to protect them from the elements.

Should I change the Hydraulic Fluid? There are different opinions in the industry, but we like to change our hydraulic fluid at the start of a new season so we know we have fresh oil in the snow plow. If you suspect a hydraulic leak, however, it is a good idea to both fix the leak and change the fluid to ensure no corrosion promoting moisture is sitting in your snow plow.

7. Remove Spring Tension

Relieving spring tension will give the springs a longer life. Release the spring tension so that the coils touch one another, but not so much the springs hang loosely on the plow. Remember to reset spring tension in the fall so that there is just enough room to slip a business card between coils.

8. Move Your Snow Plow to a Summer Storage Location.

Just keeping your plow out of sight (out of sight/out of mind) goes a long way to keep your snow plow safe from theft or vandalism. You may choose to put a chain and padlock on your plow to also deter against theft. We assume you have already recorded the serial numbers of all your equipment, but to be on the safe side, just before you put the snow plow away is a good time to write down the serial numbers of the equipment you own.

Inside storage in a dry location is the best option for storing your plow. If you need to store your plow outside, park the plow on concrete, asphalt, or gravel, not over grass or dirt (grass and dirt will keep moisture by your snow plow). If you store your plow outside, put a tarp over the plow to protect it from the sun and the rain. The tarp should be attached tightly enough that it does not come off, but there should be room for air movement to ensure there is not a build up of condensation or moisture inside the tarp on your plow.

9.Write on the Calendar When You Need to Get the Snow Plow Out of Storage.

Most people wait until snow is in the forecast to get the plow out of storage. If you plan ahead, you will be ahead of the game and under a lot less stress by having your snow plow ready to go well in advance of the first snow fall.