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Best tips and tricks for plowing ?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BossPlowMaster, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. BossPlowMaster

    BossPlowMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    I started off plowing about 3 years ago now (4th season this winter) and ive always done really good on my routes and have always gotten things done on time and really nice looking. I again also look for ways to improve my techniques so i guess i am asking everyone, What are your plowing tips and tricks?

    Thanks
     
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,718

    Drive fast and take chances
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,611

    I find what's best is to,drop the plow, go forward then raise plow and go backwards.
     
  4. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,656

    Get a good paying job with benefits and forget about plowing.
     
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,611

    Being your in Erie ,you'll make more an hr at Burger King then plowing.:realmad:
     
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,118

    stay home..
     
  7. FISHERBOY

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    Tips

    TACK IT OUT, AND DON'T LIFT TILL IT SOUNDS EXPENSIVE:laughing:, No just kidding ,slow and steady wins this type of raceThumbs Up
     
  8. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,656

    That's why I push seasonal. :Thumbs Up:
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,638

    If you plow with an automatic,,,,never wait till you come to a complete stop before going into reverse. And if you plow with a manual,,,,,ride that clutch to keep your speed dwn
    Bahaha. Just had to get that out
     
  10. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Tough group

    You guys are being hard core.

    Sounds like if you are getting finished in a timely manner and clients are happy you are doing some things right. Hopefully you are making a good profit. For many contractors that in itself is a trick.

    Good luck in year four.
     
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,611

    I'd give up Peteo first born to be done on time.
     
  12. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    You can't teach inspiration! Even after 25 years of plowing I still come up with new tricks. I'll be plowing and start laughing at myself, wondering why I never thought of an idea before. Special strategies like -the roundy round,the straight blade swiss cheese, the arcing back blade supreme,or the offset low spillover side walk helper. If I took videos I would attain hero status. My ultimate achievement- plowing for hours without backing up- (dreaded international standard trans )gps tracking would have shorted out.
     
  13. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    Need to elaborate in the straight blade Swiss cheese
     
  14. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 580

    He nelaborate elibrate on all those dance moves.
     
  15. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    All in good time, need to make sure patents and trademarks are in place.
     
  16. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I plowed for 3 hours forward. My reverse was out. It was new Tranny time, but I finished the event. My Tranny was paid for with that event.
     
  17. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    "Swiss cheesing the lot" - Probably a very common strategy. Best implemented with 6" or heavier snow totals. It's when I plow at high speed with my 10' fisher mc with the blade straight. My goal is to move as much snow as possible in the shortest time. When I'm done the lot looks like a total mess. I'm followed by the windrowing blizzard 810 (pre dd of course). This method can be utilized during an event to make plowing easier and faster when event is over. Also used when the windrow gets so large the truck that's plowing can only take a small bite. Then I do a "backside windrow reduction" to help remove the impediment(a hindrance or obstruction in doing something) to efficient plowing.
    Professor Plow :salute:
     
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,118

    I used to do that all the time, with a slight variation. I would angle the blade and take a full bite and not worry about spillover. I also took the weight off the blade. Extra weight on the front tires reduced being pushed sideways and saved a little cutting edge wear.

    Then go back and clean up nice and pretty
     
  19. gwhalen3

    gwhalen3 Member
    Messages: 99

    I've only been plowing snow for 20 years and every year I feel like I just started so do what ever feels right