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Boss DXT on gravel?

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by Fjtort2, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Fjtort2

    Fjtort2 Member
    Messages: 64

    Might be picking up a long gravel driveway for an account.
    DXT any good with gravel? Dual trip may mess with it?
    Thanks
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

    Just lift the plow just a littel untill the weight is off of the ground , when the ground is not frozen yet
    Once it's frozen just plow it's you would anyother drive.
     
  3. absolutely

    absolutely Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    If it is uneven at all, put your shoes on. With it being a ram lift it will dig into soft ground fairly easy, even with it lifted.
     
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

    Then the shoes would dig in even farther.....
    Leaving ruts and a pile of gravel...

    Ram or chain lift it makes no difference.
    Weight taken off is weight taken off.

    Some times I'll lift it untill is off of the ground a inch....
    Befor the ground is frozen to avoid making a mess of the drive.
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2015
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    Explain?.....
     
  6. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591



    Whaaaaaaaaaaat. Huh?
     
  7. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,878

    Send them a bill for regrading their drive every time you plow, charge extra for a couple yards of gravel...
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,548

    Back drag, it also saves forward gears
     
  9. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,701





    I am also waiting for an explanation...........:eek:
     
  10. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,548

    Physics, what comes up, must come down?
     
  11. absolutely

    absolutely Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    When you lift up the plow an inch or so you take it out of float mode. It will the dig into any uneven areas that the plow comes into contact with. With a chain lift you can raise it up an inch or so and it is still in float.
     
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    And how does the lift system make any difference
     
  13. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,819

    Im fairly certain that even once you lift the plow an inch it will still float up, just not down, its just like if you lift a little pushing into a bank but take your finger off the button, it will ride the bank up...
     
  14. absolutely

    absolutely Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    Never mind. I'm done
     
  15. jhenderson9196

    jhenderson9196 Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Ever seen a flat gravel drive? I haven't. A plow is designed so while plowing the wt of the snow puts greater pressure downward on the blade. The truck has suspension that moves up and down as you drive. The plow loads and unloads at unpredictable rates. How do you hold a plow that 6 ft in front of the axle 1 inch off the gravel on what's describe as a long drive while going fast enough to roll snow and turn a profit. Let me tell you. It doesn't work. You skip and dig your way along. It sucks but that's the way it works until frost sets in. Then it's like plowing rough asphalt. Set your price accordingly.
     
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    That's not an explanation.
     
  17. Fjtort2

    Fjtort2 Member
    Messages: 64

    Hmm .. The driveway is fairly easy( lot of places to put snow) only need to back drag by garage doors (that part is paved). Just really don't want to damage the blade or the dual trip edge. Not sure if it's worth the hassle.
    The client knows I can't do a quality job on gravel with a blade, so maybe worth a shot?
     
  18. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,983

    You should be fine. As was said...drop the blade, then bump it up a few times.
    Watch your "angle" and your trailing edge will be lower then the leading. So don't go full lock either direction.
     
  19. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,701

    I used to do almost a mile long pea stone drive......Like Dieseless said bump it up a tad and pay attention to what you are doing and you will be fine.....Do not try to plow down to the stone....The customer is gonna have to live with a quarter to half inch of snow on their drive
     
  20. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    A direct lift plow will float up the same as a chain lift, it isn't locked in place if that's what you thought.