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Plow with or without shoes?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by rmpettit, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. rmpettit

    rmpettit Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Is it necessary to plow with the snow shoes? I have never plowed before and was curiouse what do they help and are they necessary?
  2. SteveB(wi)

    SteveB(wi) Member
    Messages: 70

    I use them because I have about 600' of gravel on the driveways I do. It keeps my neighbors from raking up a lot of gravel in spring. I hold about ¾" up from a flat hard surface. On our truck at work I don't use them because it's all pavement.
  3. EJK2352

    EJK2352 Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    First thing that comes off my plow is the shoes. 99% of my plowing is done on asphalt or concrete surfaces. The 1 or 2 gravel drives I just bump the plow up a little to avoid plowing up the gravel. The only way to scape asphalt and concrete clean is with a shoeless plow.
  4. rmpettit

    rmpettit Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Interesting...that makes sense. Thanks for the info
  5. Plow King

    Plow King Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    I keep them in the back of my truck for when I have to plow gravel, most of the time they are off.
  6. vis

    vis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 324

    i hate the shoes on concrete or asphalt surfaces, it just leaves about 1/4-3/4 inch "glazed" layer on the pavement and doesnt really clean it, in some cases it makes it worse because it becomes more slick than befor you plowed it.....i would reccomend taking them off if you arent dealing with gravel, and even if you are, you could always raise the plow a bit insted.
  7. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    No shoes for me. All my plowing is pavement and I try to leave as clean a surface as possible.
  8. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    If u plow gravel i would use them.What kind of plow?I have no shoes on my fishers,but i keep them on my meyers because it does'nt make the plow trip as much i think
  9. wfd44

    wfd44 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 369

    I keep my shoes off and in the bed of the truck. When I plow my backyard (to get to the snowmobole trailer) I put them on so I don't tear up all of the grass.
  10. Makndust

    Makndust Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I quit running my shoes. The way Boss is set up, as the blade wears, you have to keep raising the shoe or you burn the bottom off. I have 90% asphalt/concrete and the rest gravel. On that 10% I just slow down and bump the blade up a little.
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    Shoes are raised all the way up, when thay start to drag, it's time to put a new cutting edge on (moldboard) and only use them on gravel drives before it freezes.
  12. ace911emt

    ace911emt Member
    Messages: 83

    I plow with shoes and socks it keeps my feet warm... :drinkup:
  13. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    I would put them in the lake to hold your boat....... Never use them, all you have to do is raise the plow up a little when your doing gravel drive's. When every thing get's frozen, then it's easy going :waving:
  14. ToolMaker

    ToolMaker Member
    Messages: 84

    Does anybody leave the center one on ,but raised up to help protect the rubber center hoof on a Boss Power V ? And take the outside ones off ? That is what I'm going to try , I'm just not getting my concrete scraped clean enough to suit me with them all on . Steve
  15. rtm038

    rtm038 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 231

    That took long enough...... :)

    I always take the plow shoes off....get a better scrape.
  16. clncut

    clncut PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,121

    Started this year out plowing with them flush with the cutting edge and now they are all placed in the up position and will stay there. Ive noticed when backdragging driveways, If the drive sloped down at the end, the shoes would actually lift the cutting edge of the ground not scraping to the surface. Raised the shoes up and have not had a problem since.

    NO shoes here!
  17. earthwerks

    earthwerks Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    To the guys who say they use shoes when plowing gravel:

    Come on guys... is that little bit of surface area--a couple square inches at the very most--going to keep that 1000lb. plow off loose gravel--not ot mention the down pressure effect of the snow-load itself. I think it's all psyclogicial. As soon as you realize the plow is diving the instinct is to raise it, right? So the shoes aren't doing a thing but hanging here waiting to get snagged on something.

    The shoes are intended to reduce the wear on the plow's cutting edge, that from a design-intent standpoint makes sense---but real-world they create a hazard especially when bbacking away from a curb or dropped pavement. When I used to use them, I snagged one on a parking bumper and snapped it off. Another time the truck dropped down into a series of pot holes on a highway and ripped off the shoe damaging the plow in the process.