Curb Guard Application And Benefit

by Thelma Kent

Winter snowfalls can become blinding especially whilst driving. Snow packs up against the sides of the road and renders visibility of the sides of the sidewalk poor. Snow ploughs are called out to clear away the excess snow packed against the sidewalks. In order not to damage the metal of the plough, it is advisable to attach a curb guard for its protection.

Snow tends to compact itself in the very corners where the street meets the sidewalk. To get up close and personal so to speak with the aid of a snowplough becomes tricky. By adding this add on you can now bring the plough into close contact and make contact with the concrete and asphalt without doing your vehicle any damage.

Some flip over ploughs have curb guards that fit around the entire outer area for complete protection. The attachments are to prevent any damage occuring to the plough should the plough make contact with a solid object such as the concrete of the road or sidewalk.

The material is made of a thermoplastic rubber which can withstand rough handling. Because of the friction that is caused when the material rubs up against the hard surface of asphalt or concrete, a large amount of heat is created. The thermoplastic absorbs and dispels this build up of heat quickly and together with the coolness of the snow makes its durability very hardy.

Guards come in various sizes and functionalities. There are those that have two attachments that are attached to either side of the metal pusher. Then there is the type that protects the whole part of the underside and sides of the plough. This type runs across the length of the underside of the metal and up the sides. In this way the underpart of the blade is protected when lowering and moving snow from the road surface.

Not only do they protect the machinery itself but they offer peace of mind to the driver behind the wheel. Drivers who are removing snow can now come within closer range of the sidewalk without fear of pushing up against the concrete thereby damaging the machinery including the sidewalk and incurring the expense of these errors. It is a fact we disregard but this emotional factor is important to take into consideration when efficiency of the work involved needs to be completed quickly.

Fitment of these units is basic if you are mechanically inclined. If not have your handyman do it for you or let a certified installer do the job for you. Installation and assembly requires you to bore precision holes through the steel and then bolt the deflector guards in place. Precision and alignment must be adhered to here as if the installation is out of alignment and does not run exactly parallel with the bottom and sides of the metal, it may cause bending and eventually breakages.

A curb guard may be attached to the rims of the wheels of your car. When snows are heavy, visibility of the sidewalk is minimal and it is often the case that your tyres make contact with it. This can throw the alignment of your wheels out and it is a good preventative measure to have these installed in order to avoid this unforseen cost.

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