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How deep of snow can a plow push? Not sure if I can plow my driveway!

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Sigma.40, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Sigma.40

    Sigma.40 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I am looking at buying a 93 F250 7.3L diesel ( 5sp. manual transmission) with an 8ft Western plow today. First I need to find out if it will even plow my driveway. My driveway had 3 feet of wet snow covering it. I already shoveled it about halfway down and gave up. Can a plow truck push 3 feet of wet snow about 50ft? My driveway goes downhill from the road. I would really only need to take 1 full swipe and after that I could push smaller amounts. Lifting up the blade a bit is not an option, I don't think, as I'd be trying to BACK uphill in 1.5ft of snow to get the 2nd half. I want the truck to keep my driveway clear but I need to know if it will clear it right now first! Thanks!
     
  2. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Well, I would say probably not very well. The plow is 29" tall and if the snow if 3 feet deep, you do the math. It will typically work fine, just try to plow with the storm, and not let it get 3 feet deep.
     
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Yep.

    Or if it's deep, you'll need to take swipes out of it to open it up, basically grabbing a load and pushing it to the side as you go down the driveway.

    Personally, a two stage walk behind blower is probably your cheapest and easiest option in my opinion.



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  4. Sigma.40

    Sigma.40 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Would I want to have the blade angled to the side or hit it straight on?
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    All depends on conditions.

    Seriously, for your own drive, a two stage blower is going to be your best option.

    A plow on a truck is going to be more headache than worth on a personal drive only 50' long.




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  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    About the only thing you could do in this case would be to push off to each side of the driveway all the way down. If you try to angle the blade with that much heavy snow, the only thing your going to do is the truck will keep getting pushed off to one side and you'll probably end up getting stuck.
     
  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,248

    X2
    Use a Blower or Loader to get it opened up, from there a pick up / plow combo can be used.
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    One other thing to consider is how steep your drive is. A picture would be great.

    The reason being is the with a plow, you'll sometimes create hardpack or have an ice situation under the snow.

    Even with 4wd, it's going to be tough to negotiate the hill. Especially if your truck is on the downhill side of the drive when you start. So going uphill is going to be dangerous and potentially get you stuck if the snow is too deep and you can't get traction.

    Go with a blower....


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  9. Sigma.40

    Sigma.40 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I'll consider a blower. The reason I'm thinking about a plow truck is that we need a second vehicle anyway. My wife and I share a car in the winter. I have 2 motorcycles for the other 3 seasons, but winter is difficult.
     
  10. Sigma.40

    Sigma.40 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    My driveway is not too steep. Its about 100' long.

    -Explain the hardpack/ ice under snow. Is that a problem? I have it and am currently outside trying to dig at it.
     
  11. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Re-read

    With a blower, you'll be able to manage the hardpack much better. Sometimes with a plow and driving over the snow, you'll pack it down. Just depends on the snow conditions and how your plow reacts.

    A walk-behind two stage blower will allow you to scrap closer to the ground and blow the snow out farther away from your drive. A plow just piles snow up.

    Is the drive gravel or pavement?


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  12. MajorDave

    MajorDave Senior Member
    Messages: 943

    Plow is not going to clean ice off - they don't get along. You should pay someone to do it now. Save you a lot of money. Buy a blower - a good one and then revisit the second vehicle in the Spring.
     
  13. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    ^^What he said^^.
     
  14. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    back up and hit it harder.
     
  15. Sigma.40

    Sigma.40 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Neither, its sand.
     
  16. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Plow is going to be horrible on sand, especially if it's ever soft.

    Take the money you'll spend on a truck and plow and get the driveway built up better first.

    That's it for me, I'm ringing out.


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  17. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Two stage blower with the skids to raise the cutting edge. This is a no brainer for your driveway. Then go buy a decent SUV or something. A truck and plow won't be worth it.
     
  18. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    buy a professional grade ariens snowblower
     
  19. Sigma.40

    Sigma.40 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Thank you for all your replies. I understand that the plow won't push that much snow. Going to see the plow truck has been moved back to tomorrow afternoon. I am still going to consider it but today I am going to go borrow my dads snowblower (and truck to get it here) and get rid of the snow (near 4 feet now) before I possibly get the truck. I had my driveway plowed several times last year and once this year without any problems so I am not too worried about that. Plus, my neighbors informed me that the previous owners had a plow truck and my driveway didn't give them any issues, I was really only concerned about pushing the amount of snow that I currently have on my driveway, but I will take care of that with my fathers snowblower.

    -I am not "blowing" off the idea of a snowblower. I will seriously consider it if this truck is not in the mechanical condition that I am being promised that it is in. I just do not have the time to snowblow, nor do I have a place to store it. It would just sit in the driveway year-round.
     
  20. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    A plow is going to take up a lot more room and harder to move around conveniently, no?