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Plow shoes Use'em or Not?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by smokey, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. smokey

    smokey Member
    from indy
    Messages: 36

    I'm kinda new to plowing and was wondering about plow shoes Should I use them? The plow dealer said don't even bother not many people use them,but I still see people with them. What are the advanatages and disadvantages of using plow shoes???
  2. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Search. this topic has been gone over at least 100 times.
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    there have been a few threads lately on this. the general consensus is basically to use them as door stops or turn them into plow dollies. They are pretty much useless. the only time most people said they used them was if they were plowing dirt or gravel roads to prevent from plowing too much gravel. do yourself a favor and dont use em.
  4. hedgehogg

    hedgehogg Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    yea same here they work great on gravel, but i do not use them on asphalt!
  5. long0

    long0 Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    Throw them in the round plastic filing cabinet.

    Once the ground is frozen, there is absolutly no use for them. Then again, this is just my opinion.

  6. sno-mover

    sno-mover Senior Member
    Messages: 274

  7. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    Dont bother.. i was told to remove them and forgot to and now i pay..... i was plowing a commerical job and was packing the snow in piles and got the ski cought on the curb and ended up bending the mount where it mounts on the plow. now i might heat it up and try to fix it so if i ever plow a gravel road i can put them back on. but other then that i cant put them on because it was bent to far and now it just keeps the plow off the ground about 5". so if you dont need them just take them off.. learned the lesson the hard way...
  8. kawdude

    kawdude Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    do ya have a small boat? great anchors:D
  9. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Don't trash 'em. Sell 'em on Ebay.
  10. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    Use them to hold down empty salt bags on the back of the truck, you can hold down about 20/per shoe Really handy.:drinkup:
  11. drobson

    drobson Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I put them on if I am going to plow someplace that is gravel or if the road is in really bad shape or I know has some obsticles I want to avoid (i.e. sewers, water access, etc...) Otherwise they are just taking up space in the garage.
  12. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    Mine are on the plow, but they are raised up to the highest point so they dont even come near touching the ground. Why are they there then?? For a little extra weight for backplowing. Otherwise, nope I dont use them either, I never lower them down. Mike

    Messages: 63

    You could use them for weights when doing your aerobics.......I have never used them once. When I first started plowing, someone advised me "people pay to have their lot cleaned-they don't want to see a layer of snow on it" of course one guy I work with swears by them and says something like "Why in my 15+ years of plowing snow, I've never once had to change my cutting edge-just flipped it over a year or two ago-those things are about $50 you know!" Great guy-but what a tight a$$. I have heard they are good for gravel drives though.
  14. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    Another idea,

    After you remove them, clean them up so they are nice and shiney, then paint them with automotive primer and a good finish, I prefer epoxy, then use them for bookends.

  15. oakhill2000

    oakhill2000 Member
    Messages: 98

    I don't use them. I did at first for gravel and stone drives. But it is too much of a pain in the rear to move them up and down usually the washers and pins are frozen so until they come out with hydraulic ones then I won't use them. I keep them in the highest position so they are there when I sell the plow. Otherwise I know lots of people that use them for door stops.
  16. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    I use them for doostops,and to hold down the tarps over my plows during summer storage:D . I use urethane edges now anyway,so no need for them at all. mY buddy insisted on using them on his new Fisher,he tripped the plow so hard,the shoes put 2 big dents in the back of the moldboard.
  17. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    For you fisher owners, when the plow trips the top of the shoe stem where it pins to the plow, will hit the back of the moldbard, and pucher it, plus break the paint, and start the rusting process.
    Just take em off, and sell them.
  18. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    Never thought of that Dino. I dont own a Fisher, but thats a good message to the guys who do use them. Good ideas the rest of guys had, lol. Mike
  19. skyphoto

    skyphoto Member
    Messages: 32

    I have the Snoway Lobo and I only use the center shoe (under the tower)....I tried taking that one off to but it makes the plow alot harder to trip if it is not on......Sure don't think there would be any need for them on a straight blade at all.......:)

  20. OhioPaver

    OhioPaver Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Slow wear on cutting edge

    By keeping the shoes on you not only add weight to the plow for extra down pressure if you don't have that on your plow, but more importantly if you set them at the same level as the blade it will slow the wearing of the blade because the edge will only wear as fast as the shoes & vice versa.