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UHMW Blade vs. Steel Blade for Tractor Plowing

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the UHMW polyethylene and the steel cutting edge blade for snow plowing. 

When shopping for a new snow blade for your tractor plow, you have many decisions to make beyond price, size, and brand. You’ll also need to consider the long-term effects of the cutting edge blade material on the tractor and the durability of the blade material.

Which is the best material for your tractor plowing replacement blade needs, a UHMW polyethylene or steel snow plow cutting edge blade?

Should You Consider Ultra-High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polyethylene?

Not only should you consider UHMW polyethylene as a cutting edge for your snowplow, but for many surfaces, it is a perfect choice. This high-quality and durable blade reduces friction and wear and tear on your tractor when used on stone or gravel because it is impact-resistant. Plus, you never have to worry about corrosion.

This UHMW polyethylene cutting edge combines the rugged durability of steel but is exceptionally wear-resistant, has a long lifespan, and requires very little maintenance. Thus, it makes your snowplowing quieter, as you won’t hear the metal scraping the surface. Therefore, it will not leave scars and marks on delicate surfaces like pavers, bricks, or cobblestone. 

Why Not Use a Steel Blade?

Heavy Hitch uses only American-made high-quality steel to construct snowplow cutting edges with environmentally-friendly black powder coating to prevent ice and snow from sticking to the blade. 

Although a steel cutting edge has a long lifespan and cleans pavement surfaces clean, it can scar or destroy expensive pavers and cobblestone driveways, so it depends on what surface you will primarily use it on. In addition, it will typically match up with older equipment. 

Steel is much better on hard-packed snow and ice than some other materials and is the economical choice.

Whichever material you choose, you should keep an extra cutting edge available in case an unforeseen accident damages your cutting edge so that you can quickly replace it and fulfill your snow plowing duties. Keep in mind that Heavy Hitch blades are reversible.

What’s more, Heavy Hitch will customize your cutting edge for a perfect fit right here in Minnesota, where these replacement blades are made.

Contact Heavy Hitch for Advice Before You Buy  

Call the Heavy Hitch professionals toll-free at 1-888-337-8999 for more information or provide us with the perfect measurement for your new plow blade.

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