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Need some advice

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by TJ Fed, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. TJ Fed

    TJ Fed Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 48

    Ok ive plowed snow before but only in large lots with asphalt. I know when doing them you dont have to worry about using the plow shoes since its ok for the cutting edge to be just scraping the asphalt clean. Now the reason I ask this question is ive never plowed concrete drives before since all the drives were I live at are very long asphalt like mine is. So heres the question how do I keep from chipping or messing up someones concrete driveway. Logic tells me the if I drop my blade on the driveway put it in float mode and start pushing forward there is going to be some nasty scrape marks on peoples driveways and some very unhappy people. Thanks TJ
     
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Logic should also tell you to look in the search bar. Probably 90% of the people on here will tell you the same thing. Throw the plow shoes away. They are usless. Even if you have the shoes on you will leave marks on the concrete from the shoes as well.
     
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    If its that much concern to you or your customers, you need to put a urethane cutting edge on your plow. Take the plow shoes off, they can scratch just as eaily as the edge itself.
     
  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I would bet 95% of the people on here do not use shoes.
     
  5. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    we have a set of shoes for every plow. and ill tell you now. they have never been used. even on gravel and stone.
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    if your plowing commercial then you dont want them on, becuz u wanna take as much snow as possible. but if your doing your street then i would put them on becasue it saves the the cutting edge
     
  7. TJ Fed

    TJ Fed Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 48

    So what would be the trick to plowing a concrete driveway with the steel cutting edge already on my plow im only plowing 1 concrete driveway this year my other lots and driveway are asphalt. Should I just keep the blade like an inch off the driveway or would backdragging the driveway be a better choice.
     
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    You'll have an ice packed mess if you leave it up an inch?.....unless its decorative (stamped concrete) I would just drop er to the ground and go. Otherwise (like i said before) the only way to eliminate possible sratching is a urethane edge. If these people cant understand that you may scuff it up a little, than dont do the drive unless you change the edge.
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    most of these driveways will have rust spots on them from all the rust buckets sitting on it. Don't worry about it.
     
  10. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 851

    your worrying way too much. drop the plow and go. you'll be fine. your not going to screw it up
     
  11. TJ Fed

    TJ Fed Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 48

    Thanks guys ya I just had the concern of really messing up a driveway but ill find out soon enough. Im not gonna change the edge since most of the stuff im doing is commercial. I might get to try it out here in a few days since we are in for some snow according to the forcast and the weather man.