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Plowing loose (soft) gravel lots

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by trustyrusty, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. trustyrusty

    trustyrusty Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    I have a hard time on soft gravel lots not digging into the gravel. Skid shoes just tend to plow into the gravel and do virtually no good, and lifting the plow slightly off of the surface doesn't do as smooth of a job as I like to see.

    Has anyone ever tried making gauge wheels that would fit the skid shoe brackets? I think they would be the bomb for plowing on gravel. If airport and some muni equipment uses wheels, why wouldn't they work for us?
     
  2. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Search the site for gravel guard or yard guard...people have lots of success with a piece of pipe split and attached to the cutting edge.
     
  3. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,265

    raise the blade leaving a couple of inches of snow, then back blade it all. i've had decent luck with this approach, but still hate gravel drives.
     
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Gravel edge is the way to go until everything freezes solid.
     
  5. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228