One truck + two plows = clear roads


Though its large size and unusual design met with skepticism, the Tow-Plow's performance has turned naysayers from Alaska to Georgia into believers since hitting the market in 2005. Customers report saving 20% to 50% on fuel and labor, allowing them to recover their investment in one to five years.

The trailer-mounted plow is pulled, rather than pushed, by a truck. The attachment's steerability gives drivers more control than similar snow-removal devices; and it can swing out to the right or left, doubling the volume of snow (or debris) a single operator can remove.

As we note in this introduction to this special section (see page 36), our readers enjoy devising new ways of battling snow and ice. TowPlow inventor Bob Lannert, a retired Missouri DOT engineer, drew on his observations of agriculture equipment for design inspiration.

“Farmers have continued to implement enhancements to do more acres per day for every operation,” he says. “Some equipment is so wide they have to fold it up to access and use a road, then unfold at their destination to finish fields faster.”

Similarly, state DOTs that have continued to build more highway lanes are struggling to keep up with maintenance as resources are cut. “They needed to do more with less, but didn't know any method of doing more in snow removal,” he says.

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Product: TowPlow
Manufacturer: Viking-Cives Group
Headquarters: Harrisville, N.Y.