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Can I go on the road with it?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Sno4U, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    I want to put a 12 ft box/pusher on a small wheel loader. Can I go down the road with the unit to get to my next site?
    I was wondering 'cause, it IS a piece of equipment- NOT a vehicle.
    Farmers can drive their equipment on the road when its wider than 8 ft.
    I'd just be "in town" with it-less than a mile between sites.
    It will have a safety beacon and does have headlights-no tail lights though.
     
  2. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Farmers are generally exempt from just about everything in order to drive from one field to another. You are kinda in a different boat. Check with others in your area who may be in the same situation.......I can tell you for sure it would not fly where I live.
     
  3. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i dont think it is legal just something that is "allowed" if not abused
     
  4. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    Sure you can.........but you run the risk of getting stopped (when you need it most) and getting an expensive ticket. Could be points too, not sure about your area. Get yourself another pusher and keep it on your other site, you'll have no worries moving you machine.
     
  5. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    In NY, you would need an over width plow permit ($ 250.00) & the machine would have to be insued (with road coverage ($ 900/yr)) & registered. Or take chace of being illegal, depend ho far your going.
     
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,853

    Wouldn't be an issue by me as long as you used your head and didn't drive down main street during rush hour.
     
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Agreed, we drive our 16 ft pushers down the road when it's not busy. Go ask your local DOT or police officer about it, they will at least tell you where to ask. Most town trucks with wings are 12 ft wide.
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    When it's snowing cops don't really care what is going down the road.
     
  9. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    I got pulled over last winter driving the kubota down the road with no plate. Fortunately, the tractor was registered, the plate just fell off earlier so it was in the cab. Up here, you can register almost anything to be on the road - tractor, wheel loader, grader, etc. - just so long as the state gets their money, they be happy!
     
  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    muni are exempt from over width here
     
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    really i cant see a cop bothering you in the middle of the night, you will see convoys of stuff here some night

    in the hilly terrain here we dont stop,with our trucks, for red lights if there is snow on the street and the cops will follow right behind or waive if they are oncoming
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2008
  12. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    The only time we drive our tractors/loaders with the 14' pushers on the front is in the middle of the night on back roads with a pickup as an escort with the 4 way flashers on.
     
  13. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    We take ours down the strret all the time. There is another guy in town that will lift his boxes up over oncoming traffic during the day. Great idea right??? lol

    J.
     
  14. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,699

    We're guilty of that too. Sometimes you just got to do what you gota do.
     
  15. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    During a good snow there are more loaders out on the road then cars.
     
  16. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Check with the local DOT or police is good advice.
     
  17. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    wouldn't be a problem here...especially at night and with your beacons
     
  18. windrowsnow

    windrowsnow Senior Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 168

    never seen a loader stopped here they run 18' boxes down the roads
     
  19. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,263

    Agree with gv, during a big snow a tank can drive down the road. If your pusher is over the yellow line, and sum1 hits you!:eek: Get ready for a law suit!
     
  20. SNOWLORD

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    We run our 20 footers down the road quite a bit i have even lifted them up so traffic can go under not the best plan but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do