Truck plows are used for private snowplowing, a necessary part of life in any area where municipal plowing services are not timely or a private driveway is too long to shovel alone. Truck plows are large, complex machines mounted on the front end of a pickup truck and adjusted via hydraulics.
Truck plows are most often used to clear private drives and lots. With the weight and power of a pickup behind the plow blade, they can clear huge amounts of snow that would be extremely taxing to move by hand or even with a snow blower or similar machine.
In undeveloped areas, truck plows can also be used to improve general road conditions and make dangerous roads passable to properly equipped vehicles. A truck mounted with a plow can break a trail even through heavy snow, helping to keep driving surfaces clear and enabling its owner to travel without having to worry so much about conditions.
Truck plows are modular, meaning that while most pickup trucks can mount them, they must be installed on a pre-existing pickup. While removal is not simple, it can be effected to make the truck more maneuverable and lighter when the weather turns warm and conditions do not favor snow.