How Do I Know if I Have a Good Snow Pusher?

Are you getting the most out of your snow pusher?

If you're having doubts about the quality of your pusher, that probably means it's time for a change. After all, you have to replace them eventually. But how do you really know if you have a good option? It's important to figure out if it's really time to look for a new one.

Here are some tips that can help you tell.

Efficiency vs. Cost

This is a phrase that gets tossed around quite a bit in various fields.

But it's something you should take into account when you're making purchases, too. Basically ... are you getting your money's worth? You should always make a note of how much your pusher actually cost when you bought it. Then, you can ask yourself: is this as efficient as how much I paid?

This is how you decide whether or not it's time to get a new snow pusher. And when you're looking for a new pusher, you have to consider it, too. How much are you willing to spend? How well do you think a  pusher for that price is going to work?

Have a budget in mind before you start searching, and shopping will be much less of a hassle.

Do you have a warranty?

When buying a pusher, this is one of the most important questions to ask.

Despite your best efforts to keep your snow pusher maintained, accidents will happen. And when they do, you might wind up needing to shell out some serious cash. But if you have a warranty, that isn't something that you have to worry about.

A warranty ensures that you'll be able to repair or replace your snow pushers if need be. Of course, you're also going to need to find a company that has a warranty that works for you.

Make sure that you talk to your potential company about what they can offer you in terms of a warranty.

Your snow plow is much like a car or a computer. You should make sure that it has some sort of protection if it doesn't work for as long as it's supposed to.

That way, you can be sure to get your money's worth.

Pick someone who's always available.

We're no stranger to unpredictable winters. Anyone who has lived here long enough knows that sometimes snow comes when you least expect it.

What happens if snow comes during the offseason, your snow plow has an issue, but your supplier isn't anywhere to be found?

You know a snow plow is good when it comes from someone who is always willing to take your call. Finding someone who is always available means that you never have to worry that you won't be able to use your snow plow for whatever reason. You'll always have someone within 24 hours.

This is a good quality for any business, and a snow plow business is no different. You should definitely take it into account when you're shopping around.

The next time you're looking for a snow plow, take some time to get to know the company as well. You won't regret it.

Get more for your money.

So, you have a snow pusher. And it's good at what it does. But can it be doing more?

A versatile snow plow is much better than a narrow one. For example, you could look for a plow rubber that is adjustable and reversible or something with a large horsepower that can handle more.

Little details like this are what really set apart good snow pushers from average ones.

If you're only using the snow plow for a few things, it's easy to think that you don't need to do a lot of research. But do you really want to waste money on something that's subpar?

Instead, take your time to figure out the features that can help make your snow pushing experience easier and less stressful.

By doing this, you can make sure that you're getting more out of your snow plow for the price you paid.

Have you found the best snow pusher for you?

These are all general things that you need to consider when finding the best option for you.

But, of course, some needs aren't general. There are also some personal preferences you need to take into account when you're buying a snow pusher. Things like this all play a part:

If you're looking for some advice on how to make these decisions, we posted a blog on the subject a while back. Check it out for some tips and tricks for making these choices.

Making these choices will be a very personal process, and often there's no right or wrong answer.

Take your time making decisions, and chances are good that you'll wind up being much happier with your purchase, for a much longer time than you would have been otherwise.

Get a better snow pusher today.

If you've read through this and realized that your pusher isn't as good as it can be, then it's time for a change.

We offer a number of fantastic snow pushers. Our company is known for making durable, well-made products with an emphasis on craftsmanship.

If you do business with us, you can be sure that the work was put in to make your pusher as good as it can be. We're an American company that uses only American-made products, so you can be sure that we've given everything our seal of approval.

If your current snow pusher isn't as good as it should be, we can help. Come to our store and we'll be more than happy to answer any questions that you have. Check us out online for even more tips and tricks.

Do you have any other thoughts about what makes for a great snow plow or pusher? We'd love to hear from you, so feel free to reach out to us!

Snow Bucket vs. Snow Pusher: How to Choose

Don't let a little thing like a 12" snowfall shut your doors this winter. Gear up now so when the competition closes, you'll be rolling in the dough. Learn the benefits of a snow bucket vs snow pusher, and you won't have to sacrifice a minute of business when the cold white stuff comes down.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of work injuries involving snow removal in 2014 amounted to a whopping 42,480 incidences. We don't even want to know how much money that meant for the injured workers or their employers!

These injuries were mainly concentrated in the Great Lakes region and northeast coast, and they reflect the importance of proper snow removal from all angles. Choosing the right equipment to get the job done quickly and safely for customers and employees will save money and downtime.

Even if you're shopping for domestic snow removal, choosing the right equipment will help keep your wallet fat and your time well spent.

When deciding on a snow bucket vs snow pusher, you have several variables to consider. We'll take a look at the following factors and weigh the pros and cons of buying a bucket or a pusher:

Buckets and pushers are both excellent tools. Read on for help deciding the benefits of purchasing one or the other for your business or home snow removal so you can get the job done right.

Terrain: What's Your Lot Surface Like?

When comparing a snow bucket vs snow pusher, it's important to consider the quality of terrain. Is it hard or soft, even or varied?

If your lot or drive is asphalt or concrete, a steel edge can damage the surface of your drive when scraping down to bare pavement. Ideally, you'll seal the surface well before the snow season and patch any holes or cracks. But even if you can't get do so in time for the first snowfall, a rubber edge will protect hard surface materials.

That means go with a snow pusher. Snow buckets typically have steel edges. Snow pushers are available with either.

If your lot or drive is covered in gravel or dirt, rubber will glide over the surface, preventing surface pile up. Because rubber edges tend to contour the ground. The exception to this is with a wet snow, which we'll cover below.

If you're set on steel edge, a bucket will do better on gravel or dirt. Pushers do just that: they push the material along, causing a pileup. With a bucket, the elongated bottom scoops rather than pushes, minimizing pile up of a softer surface.

When plowing over uneven terrain--for example, raised manhole covers or speed bumps--a steel trip edge is the way to go. This means you need a snow pusher with no rubber.

Snow Quality: Is It Sleet and Ice? Wet or Dry?

When the surface of your drive is icy, rubber is not as effective as steel. Go with either a steel-edge pusher or a tooth bucket--where the edge is jagged.

The nice thing about a snow bucket vs snow pusher on the ice is that the elongated bottom of the bucket makes it easier to see from your vehicle. This way you're more likely to avoid mishaps such as curb scrapes or lawn damage.

However, when dealing with snow over ice, the pusher is preferable. You'll be able to remove more with a pusher than a bucket.

When it's a wet snow, you'll want to go with a rubber-edged pusher on asphalt or concrete. The rubber will act like a wiper blade against either of these hard surfaces, giving you a clean scrape and, generally, minimizing freeze-over.

On the other hand, with gravel or dirt, the blade effect will increase material pile up. You'll want to go with a bucket in wet snows on softer surfaces because the elongated bottom will skim better than a pusher.

If the snow conditions are dry and the surface of your drive or lot is hard and solid, the pusher is what we'd recommend. Due to the long bottom design, snow accumulates on a bucket, building up and up in a heap that can be messy to unload. This doesn't happen with a pusher.

The design of the pusher allows for a greater capacity of snow with a cleaner finish because you can pack the snow away.

Direction: Straight or Angled

People debate this issue a lot--whether it's better to plow straight or angled. We recommend straight because we feel you get better snow placement control. With angled plowing, the snow easily drifts and slides where you don't want it to go, making your job harder and longer. Or making your employees' jobs more expensive and less efficient.

For an angled job, you'd need to go with a snow blade, which generally has less capacity than either the bucket or pusher. Also, we don't recommend attaching a blade to a rubber-edged pusher because it may cause damage.

When you're deciding on a snow bucket vs snow pusher, weigh your options, consider the weather variables, and think about how the function of each tool affects the surface of your drive or lot.

In general, though, we recommend the pusher over the bucket. It's cleaner and easier to push snow forward and pack it in with a pusher rather than mount and dump with a bucket.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicts el niño conditions for the 2017-2018 winter. This means that snowfall in northern regions may tend toward the wetter side--if snow falls on warmer ground. So, if you've got hard terrain, we'd recommend a rubber-edged pusher this winter.

Wrapping Up

We'd like to tell you a bit about us:

We are Express Steel, Inc., a family owned and operated company in the heart of the US. We work around the clock to bring the best value to our customers. Our work ethic has pushed us toward the top of the snow-removal industry in our four years of operation.

We're proud to be an American company, and we're proud to succeed in the business while keeping a friendly eye on the environment. That's why we designed our own eco-savvy rubber products for all our snow pushers.

We offer free shipping to the lower 48 states and warehouse prices. Contact us today. We're here to help!

The 7 Best Snow Pusher Winter Prep Tips

If you have a snow pusher, you may be thinking "It's April, I put it away!"

While you get to take a break from doing physical snow pushing, you can't forget about your snow pusher yet.

Snow pushers are complex machines that need to receive care all year long, like any vehicle.

You need to start prepping your snow pusher now. If you don't, you're going to be cold and unprepared with the first snow.

Never fear if you don't know what prepping a snow pusher means. We'll explore the best snow pusher tips for off-season maintenance.

Let's push on!

WINTER PREP TIPS

Your Snow Pusher is an expensive machine. The last thing you want is for it to break, right?

Let's look at the best snow pusher tips to make sure your snow pusher is ready for the first snow.

#1 Check your Manual

When it's time to get your snow blower ready for the upcoming season, the first thing you should do is find the manual.

This is not silly. In the manual, you will find the information you have forgotten during the offseason.

Your manual should provide a series of steps to follow for the beginning of the season.

It will remind you of things like the type of oil you should be using, the ideal tire pressures, and what to double check before use.

#2 Store Your Snow Pusher Inside

This tip is non-negotiable come winter, but it's relevant in the summer too.

In the winter, sub-zero temperatures drain batteries twice as fast. You don't need to worry about freezing temperatures in the summer. It's never a bad idea to protect your investments from the elements, hot or cold.

This tip is especially relevant if you live somewhere with high heat or lots of rain.

You want your snow pusher ready and in tip top condition when winter comes.

#3 Use the Best Oil

Using the right type of oil for your snow pusher is essential for its internal workings.

If you use the wrong type of oil, things can get clogged and blocked. This can make your machine run slower or even cause problems a mechanic must fix.

Check your owners manual or call your provider company to see what type of oil you need.

You should also have extra oil on hand at all times during the season. Now would be a great time to stock up. Well-greased snow pushers are the best snow pushers!

#4 Check Tire Pressure

Like any vehicle, the lower the tire pressure is, the less efficiently it will run. Low tire pressure can waste gas and decrease the power of your snow pusher.

Check your manual for the ideal tire pressures (or look on the tires).

You should check this all winter long, but at the end and beginning of the season as well. This will ensure that you're always ready to go.

#5 Have the Battery Serviced or Changed

Imagine it's 4 am and it's the first snow, you haul your snow pusher to where you need to be and, it won't start. Now you're freezing and no one is awake to jump you.

Not ideal right? You can avoid this by testing the battery levels before the season starts (and during).

Make sure you clean any corrosive elements off the top of the battery and replace it if it needs replacing. A snow pusher that won't start can't push any snow.

#6 Flip or Replace your Rubber Edge

Nothing makes people cringe more than the sound of metal scraping on something rough. It doesn't only sound bad, it's bad for the bucket of your snow pusher as well.

You can make sure this doesn't happen by checking the rubber blade at the end of the season. Look in your manual for suggestions on how long a blade should last.

If the rubber edge has chunks taken out of it or is not flush to the ground, it's time for a new one. You can find rubber edge replacements here for our products.

If you have another brand of snow pusher, find that companies website.

Make sure you check the manual or ask your supplying company to teach you how to fasten the new rubber securely.

#7 Train your Operators

You made an investment when you purchased your snow pusher. You want to make sure it stays in top working condition.

That means the people who are driving it need up to date training on how to run it. Check their experience before hiring them, specific to snow removal.

Before they go out on a job, have them read the owners manual. Ask them to check fluids and tire pressures and record them. This way, if there's an issue you (or they) can catch it fast.

Take care to only hire trained professions when letting them use your best snow pusher.

Bonus Tip!

Give any accessories you have for you snow pusher the maintenance they need as well. If you notice that any need replacement, you can buy them for our products here or on your manufacturer's website.

If you think something is on its way out, stay on the safe side and replace it. That goes for all parts of your snow pusher, not just its accessories.

It can never hurt to be extra prepared in those dark winter mornings!

The Best Snow Pushers: Final Thoughts

While we're biased to our own, the best snow pushers are the ones well taken care of.

Follow these tips and your owner's manual strictly and you'll be in for a successful and profitable winter.

If you're in the market for your first snow pusher or are unhappy with your current one, try one of ours. Not only do we have a 0% fail rate but we offer a 100% back satisfaction guarantee.

We offer attachments, pallet forks and grapples as well.

Not ready to make the leap into a large snow pusher? We offer mini ones too!

Why take our word for it?

We offer free shipping and satisfaction guarantees. Get yourself the best snow pusher today!

How to Find the Best Snow Pushers: 8 Features to Look For

While winter may be over, it will return and you'll want to be prepared.

So before that next snowfall hits, spend some time learning about snow pushers or plows.

There are several features you should look at when looking to purchase one.

Since they are an investment for either your business or your home, you want to make the right choice.

So here are 8 features to look for when trying to find the best one for you.

Why Snow Pushers Can Work for Your Needs

There are several reasons why someone would want to buy a snow pusher.

They can use it for either commercial reasons or for their own personal use.

Here's when you know you need to buy one:

Now that you know you need one, let's start diving into finding the right one.

1. What Type Will Fit Your Needs?

If you're in the market for a snow plow, there are actually several choices you can make.

It all depends on the type of vehicle you have.

  1. Exploring
  2. Hauling lumber, etc.
  3. Towing items
  1. Tow-behind dethatchers
  2. Tow-behind lawn sweepers
  3. Snow pushing for long driveways and sidewalks

So now that you know about snow pushers and what's available, here's what to look for.

2. Does the Size Count?

Snow box plows vary in size and budget. Often a business or individual will think that buying the largest and most expensive is the smartest choice.

Or sometimes that buying the smallest and the cheapest will be fine.

But snow pushers come in a variety of sizes, budgets, features and advancements.

So remember:

3. Lighting and Control

How often does the sun shine when it's snowing out?

Visibility is a huge factor when looking at snow pushers to buy.

You want to be able to see well even if you're out there in a blizzard at night.

So here's what to look for:

If you choose a dual stud mounting system instead of a two-piece clamp, be aware that when moving its prone to moving and loosening.

4. Plow Materials Make a Difference

For snow pushers there are three types of materials available:

5. Choose Your Panels

While some of them may still offer the option of a fixed panel, stick to buying a mechanical side panel instead.

Here's why all of them should offer mechanical side panels:

6. The Best Cut

The cutting edge will affect the performance and the total lifecycle cost of the machine.

So pick wisely.

The cutter is designed to scrape and clean away compacted snow and ice. It reduces the need for further salting or snow pushing.

When it comes to cutting edges there are two choices:

7. Easy to Use

Who wants to go out in the ice, snow, and cold and then have to struggle with attaching your snow plow?

If you're a homeowner, look for manufacturers that make pushers that are easy to attach.

Commercial businesses should also want ease of use with their plows as you may have to transfer equipment to other trucks.

8. Old Vs. New

Buying new is not always the best investment. Especially if you're starting a new business.

Used snow pushers can provide the same quality but at a lower cost.

Make sure the used snow pusher:

Choosing the right one for your needs doesn't need to be complicated.

We love plowing snow. It's why our family turned our passion into a business.

We're here to help you find the right snow pusher for your commercial or individual needs.

Why You'll Ditch Your Snow Shovel for a Snow Pusher

Do you live somewhere that gets covered in snow during the winter?

If so, then you should consider the snow removal tools that you use to get rid of the snow, regardless if you're an individual looking to shovel out your driveway or a professional whose livelihood relies on removal.

More than 11,000 adults and children are sent to the hospital every year because of snow shoveling. This task can result in bad backs, broken bones, head injuries, and even serious cardiovascular problems.

So, save yourself from the potential injury from a snow shovel, and consider a snow pusher. They are the more efficient and ergonomic method for your body.

By picking the right design for your needs and using proper technique, you will be free from the snow in no time. So, go ahead and check out our comparison on the snow pusher and shovel, and you'll trade in your snow shovel in no time!

Downfall of the Snow Shovel

Snow Pusher vs. Snow Shovel

Presently, snow pushers are becoming the most popular option for regular people and snow removal professionals to get rid of snow during the winter time, compared to the once popular snow shovel.

So how are they different?

Snow pushers are the smaller, hand-held version of an industrial plow. It's made of plastic with a plastic handle for you to hold, without a bottom plate. It's much lighter than some of the snow shovels out there.

If you live in an area with a lot of snow, there are snow pushers that can be attached to a smaller vehicle or plow instead.

It isn't designed for you to pick up snow, rather you push the snow over to the side of your driveway.

That way, snow pushers relieve any tension or stress on your back and heart. Compared to the snow shovel that results in common health problems. No matter what you use, make sure to:

Snow Pusher Features

There are many different features to choose from when deciding on a snow pusher. They can impact the machine performance and the total cost.

However, all are designed to get rid of snow and ice and prevent the need for extra pushing or salting.

So, whether you're a regular person or a professional, consider your options to find the best snow pusher for your needs.

Different Sizes

Snow pushers come in a variety of sizes with unique advancements to maximize efficiency for your specific needs.

Equipment-mounted pushers range from 6 to 30 feet. Whether you need them for skid steers or anything like wheel loaders. Snow pusher size affects the amount of snow removed and the type of precision you need.

Long pushers can move more snow the first time, but can leave behind significant amount as you go higher. That's because they will always rest at the highest point on a surface. They float over lower areas, leaving behind extra snow.

Shorter pushers are more concentrated and precise. You can target an area and clear snow with fewer follow-ups. This is ideal for family homes or smaller industrial machines. But may still require salting.

Sectional Pushers

Sectional pushers are for the professional snow removers. Those who want to move large amounts of snow with more precision, less follow-up.

They consist of sectional moldboards that form one large surface area. This allows for better action in a single pass.

By using multiple sections, an individual section can encounter any obstacles. While removing snow in that vicinity and decrease the need for a redo. Opposed to the whole pusher working at once.

There are ways that sectional pushers can be more efficient. By letting the pusher contour to any surface, regardless of any elevation changes. That, in turn, reduces fuel and labor costs while also decreasing any liability issues.

Fixed vs. Mechanical Side Panels

Like the other features, there are a variety of side panels to help you with your snow pusher needs.

Fixed side panels are perfect for keeping snow contained and eliminating snow from rolling off of the sides.

Mechanical side panels, on the other hand, can respond to any impact from obstructions, such as curbs, medians, and holes in the road. The sides can lift up and go over any large obstacles that may exist.

They also reduce machine damage, protect the entire snow pusher, and keep the operator safe. This can save you on any liability expenses and worker downtime that would otherwise be required.

Hitch Designs

There are even different hitch designs to help reduce stress on the operator and provide the quality work that you desire.

Drop-and-go hitch designs can do the snow lifting and lowering automatically, all the operator needs to do is drop the pusher. This extends the lifecycle of the snow pusher and can ensure a clean surface is left behind.

Newer hitch designs are even allowing the snow pusher to lift up and adjust to pavement for any height changes while the machine is on. This helps the equipment stay balanced, and keep even wear on the wheels and pusher.

These new hitch designs can prevent premature wear, extend snow pusher lifespans, and decrease stress for the operator.

The bottom line

If you're an individual looking to remove snow in the winter time, make sure that you are using your body responsibly to accomplish the task, with the right tool in hand.

The right snow pusher will have a handle that can be used while you are standing up straight. The lighter ones might not work for ice or snow over 4 inches, but they will ease stress on your body, which is something to factor in.

Snow pushers work well to quickly clear large areas of light snow, so try to use them whenever you can to eliminate any chance of injury.

Top 5 Snow Pushers for 2017

You know that when it comes to snow, dealing with Mother Nature can sometimes be a real nightmare.

If a snowstorm or blizzard sneaks up on you, the consequences can be annoying - or outright dangerous. Don't wait until it's too late to prepare for a snowstorm.

Do you know how you'll get out of your house? How you'll clear a path to your car? Do you have the equipment you need to help out a neighbor who may be trapped by piles of snow?

Snow pushers provide solutions to all those scenarios. Having one will give you serious peace of mind. Plus, many snow pushers have multiple uses even outside the winter months, making them a great investment.

Here, we're highlighting the 5 best types of snow pushers that everyone's using in 2017.

1. Backhoe Snow Pusher

These snow pushers are great for when you're dealing with serious storms. If you live in an area where snow piles on and rises high in the winter months, you may want to consider picking up one of these snow pushers to make your life easier.

Backhoe snowplows work especially well on hills and are best used in larger driveways or patches of land.

Backhoes are often the best option for people who are just looking to relocate their snow, to push it aside so their car can get out of the driveway or to clear a path to their homes.

It's also suggested that you use a set of pallet forks, or a form of load attachments, to keep the process safe.

As a bonus, your backhoe isn't just a great option for dealing with snow outside your home. If you're working on a commercial site, it's an incredibly versatile piece of equipment.

You can even use backhoes to uproot a tree, to clear dirt out of the way, and to help grade (smooth down) a road!

So, if you're running a construction company, or just do a lot of home improvement projects in your home and neighborhood, this is a great option for you.

2. Skid Steer Snow Pusher

This is a super-effective attachment for all snow pushers. It's one you need to give serious consideration to, especially if a snow pusher you can maneuver easily is important to you.

Since skid steers are shorter than other snow pushers, they can turn quickly, meaning they're great for tackling tighter spaces. They also allow you to plow in both directions!

Even better? Skid Steers give you hardcore down pressure, which means they'll also help to remove and cut through ice.

3. The Wireless, Electric Snow Pusher

These days, everyone is always looking for the craziest, most tech-friendly option when they're buying anything. Snowplows and pushers are no exception!

The Home Plow by Meyer is an especially popular wireless model for 2017.

It can attach to SUVs, pickup trucks, and cars that have a front receiver hitch, meaning it's more versatile than a lot of models. Best of all? Attaching it to your vehicle only takes a few moments.

You also don't have to manually adjust the blade of your plow. Anything that allows you to stay out of the snow for as long as possible during a serious storm is a great feature!

The plow's moldboard is controlled by a power unit that's electric. The power unit is activated by a wireless key, so you won't have to worry about losing a lot of time while it gets revved up.

This snowplow is a great option for a variety of snow-moving scenarios, from clearing your driveway to moving serious blocks of snow on a construction site.

It's also especially strong in angling, so you can be sure that turning and adjusting the plow will be a pretty easy process.

Even better? Most of these electric and wireless models are surprisingly affordable, meaning that you don't have to break the bank to get the plow that's right for the job.

4. Mini Snow Pushers

These aren't just cute...they're super-effective as well. Even better? They're much easier to store than traditional, larger snowplows and attachments.

Mini snow pushers are great for personal use. If you live in an area where snowfall is pretty unpredictable from year to year, this is the perfect option for you.

They're also great for clearing off shorter driveways, or simply the steps leading up to your house.

They're also a wonderful alternative for those looking to get the benefits of a larger-sized snow pusher for a fraction of the cost.

5. When In Doubt...Use A Shovel!

Luckily, not all snowfalls call for snow pushers. Sometimes, to get out of your home or to clear your driveway, all you need is a shovel - and a seriously warm jacket.

In recent years, snowfall has been consistently rising in the Northeastern part of the United States, so being prepared is key.

Still, no matter where you live, a snow shovel should be a part of your emergency/disaster preparedness kit. If you've got a flashlight, First Aid Kit, and extra batteries, don't you think you should get a shovel, too?

This year, options with ash handles are especially popular, as they won't hurt your hands as much as other models. Go for shovels with a steel blade, which are more durable and allow you to lift heavier loads.

These Snow Pushers Will Help You Beat Any Winter Storm!

Thanks to this list of 2017's top 5 snow pushers, you're ready to take on even the baddest of blizzards.

When you're purchasing your snow pusher, don't forget to also pick up some replacement rubber to keep your snow pusher functioning safely and properly even in the most severe winter storms!

Make sure you've looked to confirm that the snowplow will attach to your vehicle. It's always best to ask a customer service representative, just so you'll be sure to avoid errors.

Looking for more tips on how to clear out snow efficiently? Whether you're looking for equipment for personal use, or for your company, we have everything you need to keep things running smoothly in any weather. Check us out!