faqs and tips

FAQs and Tips

FAQs
Q.
Where is the cutting edge?
A.
The Nordic Plow works extremely well without a cutting edge. The Plows angle, combined with its weight and that of the vehicle, provide significant force tight to the ground. This force allows for a clean sweep of snow, slush, mulch, dirt, etc. The plow may not pick up hard, packed down snow or ice; however, this is an excellent feature for gravel driveways.
Q.
Will it scratch my car?
A.
We have taken precautions to avoid scratching your car. The clips are made of a nylon material which will not leave marks or scratches, and the Studs that touch your bumper are wrapped in a soft, padded neoprene jacket. The cogs that go under your bumper have rounded edges and we have included a protective tape that can be applied to your hood and bumper at the contact points.
Q.
Will it work on trucks?
A.
We do not recommend the Nordic Auto Plow for trucks – the bumpers are too high off the ground and thus does not allow for the cogs to engage under the bumper as designed. Also, the hood is much taller than passenger cars and this does not allow for the leverage of the studs and straps to work properly.
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Do I have to separately purchase mounting brackets?
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No - we have designed a unique bracket system that will apply for most passenger cars and SUV’s. Please examine the bumper of the vehicle you plan to use before purchase – the underside of the bumper should not be taller than 14 inches from the ground to work properly.
Q.
How long will the plow last?
A.
The lightweight design and rounded edge technology significantly reduces friction and wear of the blade. The bottom edge will show signs of pits and scratches but will not degrade the blade. In addition, each blade is reversible for added longevity.
Q.
Can I use it on uneven surfaces or grass?
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Yes – our rounded edge blade can be used on paver bricks, sidewalks, grass, gravel and most uneven surfaces without causing damage to the blade or the surface being plowed.
Q.
Will the plow leave marks on the pavement?
A.
No – the rounded edge design and composite material of the Nordic Plow will not leave marks on your driveway, unlike traditional steel plows that can leave rust and scratches on the pavement.
Q.
How does the plow raise and lower off the ground?
A.
The plow does not raise and lower – it is designed for the purchaser’s personal driveway and thus has no need to be raised or lowered. Ideally, when attaching the plow to your passenger car from inside your garage, you will simply plow down your driveway, drag the blade back in the lane just plowed, and repeat until your driveway is cleared.
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Is the Nordic Plow made in the USA?
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You bet it is! The Nordic Plow is manufactured in Kentucky and Illinois.
Q.
Will the plow set off my airbag?
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According to HOWSTUFFWORKS, it requires the equivalent of driving your car into a brick wall at 10-15 mph to set off an airbag. We recommend driving slow and steady at 1-2 mph, so your airbags will not deploy unless you’re being reckless by ramming ice packed mounds of snow at those speeds.
Q.
How strong is the plow in wet or deep snow?
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We’ve tested the plow up to 8 inches with no problem – if the snow is too heavy for the vehicle, the tires will just spin from lack of traction.
Q.
Does the blade have runners to go over irregular surfaces?
A.
The patent pending design of the plow is rounded so it slides over cracks in your driveway. It also works well on gravel driveways.
Q.
Are car fenders strong enough for the side attachments?
A.
We recommend that you hook the provided adjustable bungee cords to the main tire spring inside your wheel well so as not to harm the fender.
Q.
Should vehicles use winter tires?
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Since the plow is sold for personal use only, winter tires are strictly a personal choice. We don’t want anyone plowing the street or commercial parking lots which probably would require winter tires. If it’s your own driveway and you regularly plow, I see no need to add winter tires.
Q.
Is there a vehicle size that is recommended? I have a Prius which is a lighter car and it might not have enough power.
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If you think about it, people use lawnmowers with snow blades attached to them for plowing driveways. Any size car will dwarf those tractors - so in this case, size doesn’t matter.
Q.
Will the clips and/or studs scratch my hood or bumper?
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The clip is made of a Nylon material designed not to scratch your vehicle. The studs are wrapped with a thick neoprene jacket (a wet suit material) which provides a non-scratching surface to your bumper.
Q.
How do you recommend storing the plow?
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We suggest attaching it to your garage wall – attach a 2’ stud parallel to your floor 2’ above the ground. Rest the blade on stud and bungee the upper portion to your wall.
Helpful Tips
The straps fall from the door jam
Tape the strap to the door near the clip using electrical tape to keep it in place.
Snow remains after plowing
This is caused by either having the straps or bungees too tight. The straps should have a little slack when attaching to your hood and door – when the car moves the blade will engage under the bumper, tip slightly and the straps will tightened. If it’s too tight before you plow, the blade will be not tip and the proper plowing angle will not occur. If the bungees are too tight it may lift the blade off the ground. The plow may not pick up hard, packed down snow or ice.
The plow bounces when in reverse
This is caused if the bungee cords that are attached to the blade and front wheel springs are too loose. Simply tightened the adjustable bungees, but be careful not to over tighten.
I have a small car
Consider removing the center blade section for some smaller cars. We recommend that the width of the plow be equal to or exceed the wheelbase of your car - the plow will work fine with only 4 blade panels if that is the case.