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Newbie things to watch out for

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by jdilliplane1, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. jdilliplane1

    jdilliplane1 Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    HI, evveryone. I have my own residential accounts and am working on subbing myself out for some commercial work. Being new and never having plowed before, what are some of the things that I should be wary of when actually plowing or some tricks that you have learned to make yourself more efficient. I know it is gonna take me some time, but I don't want to do any unnecessary damage, etc that can be avoided due to newbie stupidity. I'm plowing with a 71/2 western unimount on a 99 F250 ext cab diesel.
  2. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    don't take on gravel drives and wait til the sod is frozen.
  3. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I would start with a good cup of coffee and the "search" function.

    I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but there is endless reading on all the things you are wondering about and more. Unless I'm in the passenger seat, I really can't give tips on how to plow efficiently because different accounts take different tactics.
  4. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I notice a lot of people get so caught up in what the plows doing they throw it in reverse and start backing up with out looking, and doing lots or roads people are going to follow you into a pile or corner cause there dumb had it happen Monday.
  5. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    i agree with 02 people are stupid and have no conception that they are in your way. also look over the lots real good find all the curbs and light poles and know where they are. other than that go slow, youll catch on quick. :drinkup:
  6. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I will agree with that go take a look at your lots and stuff BEFORE it snows so you can mentally map out things
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    all the advice in the world is not as good as actual experience....go slow and learn
  8. jdilliplane1

    jdilliplane1 Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    thanks guys, I definitely want my equipment to last. Going slow until I get the feel seems good advice and people are stupid. When your plowing up to a curb and want to get the snow up and over, do you touch the curb and then lift or what? I don't want to be busting cyclinders due to stupid stuff and cost myself more money