Equipment: Plow Blades

Winter maintenance agencies are continually searching for the perfect plow blade: durable, long-wearing, cost-effective, and effective in a range of conditions. Stainless steel and carbide-insert blades are staples of most DOTs’ fleets, and agencies test new products each year, like flexible blade assemblies designed to conform to the roadway surface.



A sampling of state specifications for plows and plow blades.

Product Experiences

Every year, Clear Roads member states share the results of pilot-testing of winter maintenance products and materials that their agencies have conducted.

View product experiences for blades and plows for 2016-2017.

Products reviewed include:

  • BlockBuster blades – hammerhead carbide
  • Ice-O-Force underbody blades
  • Joma plow blades
  • Kuper Kombi H ceramic-insert blades
  • Lake Effect blade assembly
  • Monroe flex plow with trip edge
  • PolarFlex blades
  • Power float valves
  • TowPlow


Other Research and Resources



Videos from Clear Roads’ Multiple Blade Plow Prototype project.

Indiana DOT Prototype
Iowa DOT Prototype
Iowa DOT – Road Cleared Before and After Iowa DOT – Slush Blade Removing Water