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How do I install the shoes?

Discussion in 'Sno-Way Discussion' started by snow4me, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. snow4me

    snow4me Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    Just wondering what the procedure is for installingthe shoes? I've got two gravel drives one is loose red granite so should I set the shoes to be hitting the ground with the plow blade dropped or raise it slightly and then install the shoes? I'm also not sure where this spacer bushing is supposed to go, my shoes came with one spacer each and stacks of washers and a locking pin to secure them.
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    If you're using the shoes for gravel set them so the blade is slightly off the ground.

    Search under plowing gravel and you'll have a lot of reading.
  3. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Proper way is to find a door that needs holding open and position them in front of it. :jester:

    If the gravel isn't frozen with the shoes you're just going to leave 2 trenches along with pushing up gravel, IMO a poly or urethane cutting edge is better for gravel than the shoes. Or if the drives aren't long turn the DP on and back drag them for a few storms to get a packed base of snow.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2008
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    You will have to adjust the shoes a few times to get the height you want above the gravel. The spacer can go wherever you need it. Raise the plow fully when making adjustments. I never use shoes. I just raise the plow 1/2" or so after it hits the ground and run it raised.I don't float the plow over gravel until the gravel is frozen SOLID.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    I have to agree the little gravel I have I back drag as much as possible.