When the snow falls and starts to pile up in droves on your property, it is up to you to clear it. Most residential homeowners can handle their driveways and walkways with snow shovels or a snowblower. However, those who own large properties or a commercial business need to get out the heavy duty equipment to tackle the snowdrifts. You could hire a professional snow plow company to come out and clear your driveway or parking lot. Of course, the larger the area, or the further you are from urban areas, the more expensive this cost becomes.
At Advantage Trailer, we offer property owners a way to save on those expenses by investing in snow removal equipment in Chicago. The initial cost is bigger, but it can save you a lot in the long run. Our selection includes a range of vehicle attachments from snow plows to salt spreaders that are suitable for light and heavy-duty trucks. Allow us to go over some of the options for snow and ice control equipment.
Snow Plows are the Ultimate Shovel
If your driveway is half a mile long, there is no way you are using a snow shovel or blower to clear it by hand. We have snow plows from Western Products that is available in a range of sizes for personal home use or commercial use. We even have snow removal equipment available for those who want to set up their own snow removal business.
Our selection of snow plows includes:
- Western Wide Out Snow Plow
- New Western Steel V Plow
- Western Pro Plus
- Western Pro Plow Series 2
- Western Midweight Plow Poly Blade
- Western Midweight 7' 6" Plow
- Western HTS Half Ton Snow Plow
- Western Suburbanite Snow Plow
Plows for Light Weight Trucks & SUVs
If you have a half ton lightweight truck or suburban SUV, you can still use a snow plow attachment on your vehicle. Some of our models that are suitable for this purpose include the Western HTS Half Ton Snow Plow and the Suburbanite Snow Plow. The former is a steel plow and the latter features a polyethylene moldboard. Both of these are designed to be easily attached to the underside of your vehicle by one person without special tools.
They are each still a few hundred pounds. Snow and ice are also fairly heavy, which adds extra weight to the plow when in use. Be sure to double check the towing capacity of your vehicle before purchasing one to ensure you don't inadvertently cause damage.
Salt Spreaders are Effective Ice Control Equipment
Once you have your property cleared, it's a good idea to spread salt to keep snow and ice from building up again. The easiest ice control equipment to use are salt spreaders. These are also great because you can attach one to the back of your truck and spread salt behind you, while also plowing snow in front. They allow you to work faster and be more effective at controlling ice and snow.
We offer two types of salt spreaders:
- Western Low Profile Tailgate Salt
- Western Tornado Box Hopper
Low Profile Tailgate VS Box Spreaders
These two options are meant for very different purposes and vehicles. The Western Tornado is a type of box hopper that slides into the tailgate of a pickup truck. It is about 9' long and 5' wide. There are three models, a 1.5 cubic yard, 1.8 cu. yd., and a 2.5 cu. yd. hopper. The first two sizes are meant for 3/4- to 1-Ton size pickup trucks at a minimum, while the largest hopper is meant for a dump body or a flatbed truck.
If you own a lightweight truck or SUV, the better option is a Western Low Profile Salt Spreader. These small tailgate salt spreaders attach to the hitch of your bumper. They are much smaller, at about 4' wide and 2' tall. The low profile means that these spreaders won't impede your rear view either.
We sell the 1000 and the 2500 Series, which also have an 8 cu. ft. and 8.5 cu. ft. capacity. As you can see, these hoppers hold a lot less salt, so they aren't ideal commercial ice control equipment. However, if you are a business owner and want to maintain your property in the winter, they can be a good investment.
What Type of Salt to Use?
Both of our salt spreader products can be filled with rock salt, calcium chloride, or sand. Each offers unique benefits as ice and snow removal equipment:
- Rock Salt: Everyday sodium
chloride is usually mined from underground. It's very affordable and is
effective at melting ice down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Calcium Chloride: Another kind of
mineral salt that is more expensive. It melts ice faster and works in
temperatures down to -15 degrees F.
- Sand: Just regular sand that
provides some traction on snow and ice. It's useful when you have thick ice and
constant snowfall or sleet. It won't melt ice or snow.
- Ice Melt: A product usually made
with a mixture of sodium chloride, calcium chloride, and another mineral,
magnesium chloride. This product is generally considered more pet and plant
Find Out More About Our Trailers and Accessories
Advantage Trailer stands apart from vehicle dealerships, hardware stores, and recreational vehicle providers by filling a necessary niche. We provide high quality trailers for commercial and recreational usage, and the accessories to improve your use of other vehicles. This includes affordable snow removal equipment in Chicago that can help you keep driveways, parking lots, and roads clear without relying on a third party.
If you are thinking about purchasing a snow plow or a salt spreader, give us a call or fill out our online form. One of our knowledgeable representatives will be able to provide more information and a free price estimate right away.