Large Plow Truck

                                       Large plow truck

       Have you ever faced trouble driving on a road covered with ice? Have you got despondent with non-commutable roads because of ice? If you ever had experienced such, you know the value of efficient and frequent snow plowing on the roads.

Need for large plow truck:

     Roads and highways covered completely with thick layers of snow create a great menace for commuting. Such layers of ice covering vast areas get thick with time. Hence, cleaning them is one of the important tasks for the government and local municipalities.

      Large plow trucks are the ones that are often used by the government and private service providers to clean those layers of ice, because of its structural rigidity and efficiency. These trucks have a plowing instrument with sharp ends and moldboard to carry loads of ice. They can endure forces that allow them to move swiftly and smoothly to clean the roadways.

How does large plow truck plow the ice:

      However, unlike other plow trucks, these are more efficient as there are multiple movable plowing instruments attached one at the front pushing snow forward along and one in one of its sides that pushes snow to the other side of the road. Thus clearing the snow faster and more efficiently.

      As the materials are made strong and as the truck moves faster with huge momentum, ice cleaning is very easy. Thus, in order to plow heavy snow on highways or in avenues this truck is most efficient and cost-saving. 

Pennsylvania roadways are maintained by PennDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation). Their goal and work aims to keep roadways passable, and not entirely free of snow and ice. They employ varies methods to accomplish their goals including application of deicing agents and utilizing mechanical snow removal methods. For further information visit their website at https://www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/Winter/Pages/Winter-Operations.aspx

Operation of a Snow Pusher

                                      Snow pusher

     Snow pusher is a specially designed instrument to plow snow off the surface efficiently. This is usually used with wheel loaders, skid sheers, and backhoes while plowing. As the snow piles up very frequently in temperate zones during winter, Snow pusher has its best application in those days.

How snow plow works:

     Perpendicular to the direction of the plow, it has a curved moldboard that primarily pushes the snow along with it. Sidewall to the ends makes sure ice doesn’t go out of the plow, thus completely carrying the snow that is being plowed by the central moldboard. The bottom of the plow is short but has sharp ends which help to peel the snow off the ground.

     When fixed to the loader, the engine power of the loader and proper alignment of the plow with the ground carries the snow off the roads. Although it can’t remove the glass-like thin layer formings of ice, it works efficiently for huge piles of ice.

Variants in snow pusher:

      Snow pusher is a simple yet smartly designed plow. Depending upon the nature of application there are different designs to the plow structure such as trip edge support system, varied moldboard, and sidewall angle, rubber edge pushers with lightweight composite material attached at the bottom of the plow.…

Wrecker Truck and Winching

Wrecker service

     Wrecker is a truck that tows a totaled an immobile vehicle. Wrecker and Towing trucks are the same, except the service offered will differ. While towing is done just to transport any vehicle, wrecker service deals with transporting and repairing or scrapping the wrecked vehicles. Hence, the major use of a wrecker truck is during major accidents.

Mechanism used in Wrecker truck:

     Wrecker truck usually has a “Flatbed” mechanism to carry vehicles for its ease of loading and convenience. This mechanism is used to lift the wrecked vehicle using a hydraulic mechanism and carry it on the bed of the truck. This helps easy transportation when the vehicle is immobile. 

Services offered in Wrecker service

     Towing service is similar to wrecker service except the latter one includes repairing the damaged vehicle like replacing the tires, servicing it, and restoring it to working condition. That being said, this service can also be used for scrapping a completely damaged vehicle. This makes the wrecker service more useful in case of accidents than towing. 

     The wrecker service providers will be authorized and skilled enough to do the repairs and scrapping of the wrecked vehicles. This additional feature makes a huge advantage for this service to draw more customers. 

Winching Services

Winching service is similar to towing service. Winching includes the attachment of an item to a large towing apparatus, commonly a vehicle like a car or truck. The attachment is usually a hookup application that includes the vehicle being securely attached to a chain and then attached to the “winch”. A winch is a pulley system on a rotary drum that works through a pulling movement when it is either hand-cranked or motorized. The movement results in the vehicle being pulled from point A to point B.

Winching is commonly used in roadside services and is often attached to vehicles that have towing applications and/or plowing applications. It is most common when a vehicle goes off of a roadway and becomes unable to return itself to a road without assistance. Sometimes, it is used in the event of an accident where a vehicle needs to be returned to the roadway and then safely put onto a tow truck. …

Plows, a History

Since the beginning of history, plowing (also spelled ploughing) has been the most important implement used to turn and break up the soil, bury crop residues, and help control weeds. 

The precursor of the plow is the prehistoric digging stick. The earliest plows recorded in history were digging sticks that were fashioned with handles that allowed users to push and pull them. Later in Roman times, light and wheel-less plows with iron shares or blades were pulled by oxen. Though these worked for the Mediterranean regions, they were not effective for the heavier soils of northwestern Europe. 

That is when the wheeled plow that was first drawn by oxen then later by horses came to be. It made it possible for the northward spread of European agriculture. The 18th century saw the addition of the moldboard that turned the furrow slice cut by the plowshare; it was an important advancement. In the 19th century, the black prairie soils of the American Midwest challenged the strength of the existing plow. It was then that an American mechanic named John Deere invented the all-steel one-piece share and moldboard. Soon afterward, the three-wheel sulky plow rolled in and with the gasoline engine came the tractor-drawn plow.

In its simplest form the moldboard plow is made of the share, the broad blade that cuts through the soil, the moldboard that is used for turning the furrow slice, and the landside; a plate on the opposite side from the moldboard that absorbs the side thrust of the turning action. 

There were also horse-drawn moldboard plows that are no longer used but had a single bottom; tractor-drawn plows have from 1 to 14 hydraulically lifted and controlled bottoms staggered in tandem. Listers and middle busters are double-moldboard plows that leave a furrow by throwing the dirt both ways.

Today, modern plows are commonly multiply reversible and mounted on a tractor with a three-point linkage. These often have two to seven moldboards while semi-mounted plows can have up to 18 moldboards. Their lifting is assisted by a wheel about halfway along their length. The tractor’s hydraulics are used to reverse and lift the implement to change the furrow depth, and width. Of course, the plowman still has to set the draughting linkage from the tractor; this way the plow retains a proper angle in the soil. The modern tractor has a feature that can control the angle and depth automatically. A fantastic addition or accessory to the rear plow a two or three moldboard plow can be mounted to the front of the tractor; that is it is equipped with front three-point linkage. 

Plough also comes in specialized forms including the chisel plow that losses up the soil with little soil disruption. It loosens soil while leaving crop resides at the top. There is also the riding plow is another which is used for crops such as potatoes or scallions because it has two back-to-back moldboards cutting a deep furrow on each pass with high ridges either side. The future of plows is bright as people always make improvements and variations for different needs.