Snow and Ice Control
Figure 13. The 5-ton truck snowplow is manually reversible and hydrauli-
cally operated, 11 feet wide and 36 inches high. Note the hydraulic ram
cylinder as compared to the 1943 jeep shown in Figure 1. The snowplow
and its mount puts the snowplow nearly eight feet out in front. Plow guides
are a necessity as an aide to the driver.
The 5-ton truck snowplow has been in existence for more than thirty years.
It is basic in its design and relative simplicity and is used by many municipalities
throughout the country. Its ruggedness and capability have built a highly
regarded, long-life reputation. The plow is an excellent piece of equipment.
It was initially tried on the 2--ton truck, which proved unsatisfactory due to
its size, weight, and operational capability. The 5-ton truck is not the vehicle of
choice other than on paved MSRs. A 5-ton truck in a 6 6 configuration does
not easily lend itself to use on small roads, service roads, access roads, supply
areas, city or town streets, and similar areas where various sharp turns are the
rule rather than the exception. The 5-ton truck cannot make a simple right turn
from one 16-foot-wide roadway to another 16-foot-wide roadway without having
to back up at least twice. This maneuver is extremely hazardous and generally
leaves some snow at the intersection.