We have 4 steel and 1 urethane. The U blade is on a 7.5 ft Western Pro on a 1/2 T Ford. It works great on gravel/ dirt roads. Doesn't "road grader" in like a steel. Just drop it and go. BUT... I just looked at it this morning. Less than 2 seasons of light to moderate plowing and it is almost worn out. It seems more succeptible to the wear on the far sides not in the middle. This is about 3/4" thick so it may be a little thinner than what it should.
Bottom line- I like it for dirt and gravel, but the wear on this one was worse than steel. Price was easily 2.5 x steel. Thoughts???
szorno - I have tested 'U' edges from 1/2"-1 1/2" thick. From the data that I have gathered, I would not put less that a 1" thick 'U' edge on any plow! The ends of the edge are the first to go, cracks, splits, etc. And the 'life' for anything under 1" is quick, with wear patterns that are not very uniform. If you replace it with a 1 1/2" edge, you will see the results that manufactures claim. (IME)
Personally, every new edge I purchase from now on, will be 1 1/2" thick.
Ditto Snoworks comments. 3\4" thick would be what you put on an ATV or lawn garden tractor type plow. And if I was using an ATV for walks it would have a 1" thick actually. Whoever sold that to you should have done a better job of matching the product you needed for your application maybe?? I had to do a little maintenace & welding on one of my plows today, so I took a close look at the urethane while I was putting out the fires on it LOL. Got a few little tears & nicks on the ends, and the wear pattern looks awful wavy compared to how well it scrapes. Looks nasty, but works well still.
Do I really have to reply to this??
All our plows have u edges, that amounts to 8 in all including the skid steer edge on order for our new 883 Bobcat with heat and cab. Should be delivered after the x mass. Will post pics asap.