Snow Safety: Why 3 Different Kinds Of Snow Plows Exist

As winter slams into us with full force, we become increasingly dependent on snow removal services. Whether you’re trying to get out of your driveway or simply manage the morning traffic, snow removal services are crucial to a safe and efficient trip.

Have you ever — either on your daily route to work, or as you’re peering out your office window — seen the variations in snow plows and wondered just why that snow removal company needs more than one kind? The difference lies in workload management; plows can become fatigued and may even break down if they’re forced to tackle a storm that is too much to handle. Let’s take a closer look.

  • Straight Plows: When you picture a snow plow, chances are you’re imagining a straight plow. This equipment is used to angle snow away from buildings and toward the perimeter, hence why they’re the ones typically used on highways and parking lots. The operator angles the blade away from the building so the snow can be pushed completely out of the way.


  • V-Plows: These plows are generally used to make an initial breakthrough. Snow storms can vary in composition and severity: freezing rain on top of snow can compact it, and wet snow (when the temperature is hovering between freezing and not) is considerably heavier than dry, fluffy snow — six inches of wet snow is equal to the weight of around 38 inches of dry snow. V-plows are especially effective against this type of snowfall; operators set the blade for general, wide-path plowing or stacking, and then can use the scoop position to carry the snow away.


  • Pushers/Box/Containment Plows: Snow pushers on loaders, backhoes, or compact utility tractors allow operators to move large volumes of snow quickly and efficiently. This allows loaders to haul the snow away should the need arise.

Many home and business owners are forced to shovel their own walkways, plow their own lots, and make sure the entire area is safe for foot traffic. However, when a sudden snow storm arises (the probability of which is always high), it’s almost impossible to manage it all on your own. Employing commercial snow removal services is a solution that pays for itself, both in time and headaches.

How to Get Free CDL Training in Grand Rapids, Lansing MI

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How does free CDL training sound? Nope, it’s not a scam. If you live in the Grand Rapids or Lansing areas, this could be your lucky day! During the summer months at Sneller Snow Systems, we focus on reviewing our snow removal systems and training staff. We have many employees that have been with us for years, but as we continue to grow we’re always on the lookout for people with integrity interested in commercial snow removal to expand our team.

One great perk we offer is free Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training.

That’s right, if you are located in the Lansing or Grand Rapids area and you have a clean and safe driving record, we’ll pay you good wages AND help you get your CDL for free.

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What is a CDL?

A CDL is a driver’s license required in the United States to operate vehicles weighing 26,001 or more pounds or 10,001+ pounds when combined with any type of trailer being towed. Holding a CDL demonstrates that you are a certified and competent professional truck driver. And without proper training, the test itself can be extremely difficult to pass. The state of Michigan is able to issue a CDL license only after a written and driving test has been given by the state or approved testing facility.

Snow plow driver positions and salt truck driver positions are weather dependent, and hours are available when it snows. This is a great fit for people who get laid off seasonally in the winter, or who just want to add additional hours on top of their existing job. We can work with your schedule, we have morning, daytime, evening, and overnight positions available.

If you are interested, explore our current employment opportunities or sign up for job alerts online today! And if you have questions, feel free to contact us anytime.


Sneller Launches New Website, New Name!

Sneller's Landscaping is dba Sneller Snow Systems

Sneller’s Landscaping, LLC will now be operating under the DBA of Sneller Snow Systems for our winter-related services. Landscape-related activities will continue to operate under the slightly revised name of Sneller Landscaping.

Why are we now Sneller Snow Systems?

“Why?” you might ask. While most companies that offer snowplowing and deicing prefer to focus primarily on landscape related services, and offer some snow-related services in the “off season”, we have turned that model around. As odd as it may sound, we love snow, and we have been making it an increasing portion of our business. For the past several years, snow has been our core business and our year round focus. As such, the new DBA of Sneller Snow Systems more accurately reflects this.

Our new name says it all:

Sneller: We’ve built a strong reputation of operating with integrity and enthusiasm since 1984. We’re still family owned, and servicing the Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan regions with efficiency and Christian principles.

Snow: While we will continue to offer award-winning landscaping services, our year round focus is on snow removal system development and improvement. We review and improve our snow and ice management operations year round.

Systems: We took our commitment to well documented systems and continual improvement to the next level recently by becoming the 11th Snow & Ice Management Company in the world to receive ISO 9001 and SN 9001 Certification! Learn how this benefits you and read more here!

What does this news mean for you?

We’re pumping things up with our new website! We’re focused on helping customers and part of that is sharing Michigan weather news, winter preparation tips, and other helpful information and resources to enable our clients to be better prepared for winter. We’re also sharing these tips on Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions or comments on our new look, please drop us a line. We’d LOVE to hear from you!

Sneller Snow Systems in Michigan has received ISO 9001 / SN 9001 certification!

ISO 9001 Certificate - Sneller Snow Systems

Sneller Snow Systems has gone through the rigorous process of becoming ISO 9001 / SN 9001 certified. A third-party audit company has gone through all of our systems, policies, and procedures to ensure that our business management system meets the ISO 9001 and snow industry standards.

What is ISO 9001 / SN 9001 certificiation and how does it benefit you?

SN 9001 is a newly created quality management system standard specific to professional snow contractors, and works in conjunction with the existing ISO 9001 standard. Businesses earn and maintain certification through a series of independent, third-party audits. These audits confirm the implementation of processes and procedures that adhere to the business and quality management standards for the professional snow and ice management industry.

Why is this important to you?

There are more than 30,000 slip and falls related to snow and ice each year.  Of those, 35% of the claims are outright dismissed because the contractor can build a solid defense.  Of the 65% of claims that are settled or lost, most of the time they are settled or lost due to a lack of proper documentation. One of the ways our clients benefit from this is that by managing our business in accordance with  ISO 9001 and SN 9001 standards, it ensures that we have and maintain the necessary documentation to build a solid defense from a slip and fall claim.  This adds yet another layer of risk management that our clients benefit from.

Your contractor may “do a good job”, but do they have and maintain the necessary documentation to help protect you?  Will your defense simply be to say “they probably did a good job that day because they normally do…” ?  That has proven to fail as a defense in court!  You need proper documentation!

Another way our clients benefit from our ISO 9001 certification is that we have a very well organized plan of how to give you a great experience, and we are held accountable to abide by that plan by a series of 3rd party audits. We are devoted to continual improvement, which means when something doesn’t go as well as it should, we focus is on how to fix it, and then evaluate the fix to make sure it is an effective solution. This continual cycle of improvement pays off big for our team, our clients, and our vendors.

As a property owner or manager, don’t you want a contractor on your property that has 3rd party verification that:

  • They have the processes to ensure the job done right,
  • Those processes are constantly evaluated for improvement,
  • Is annually audited by a third party to ensure they are meeting your expectations, and
  • They maintain the necessary documentation to build the best defense in a slip and fall case?

Hire Sneller Snow Systems, and let us put your mind at ease! Contact us today!