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Plowing stakes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by butchandcody, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. butchandcody

    butchandcody Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    What are you guys using for plowing stakes 2x2 oak or the floruscent ones ????
     
  2. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    I buy the 1x2x8, cut them in half get to stakes from one piece.
     
  3. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I use 2X2 spruce. I don't think I could afford to use oak to use as markers.
     
  4. JR Snow Removal

    JR Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 390

  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I don't use any.
     
  6. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    I buy 1" X 3" X 8' furring strips in bundles of 12 or 16, then cut them in half on an angle with a chainsaw. Usually buy 1500 - 2000 eight footers per season, makes 3000 - 4000 stakes.
     
  7. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Same here- looks much nicer IMO than spray paint on wooden sticks- since I do all resi's, appearance is everything...
     
  8. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    I guess you ford guys don't need no stinkin' markers lol- quality at its finest - springtime client "ummm sir, you plowed across my front lawn the entire winter, my driveway never got cleared" , grandview "I know, I don't use any sticks."


    j/k lol:rolleyes:
     
  9. lawnprolawns

    lawnprolawns Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    I get mine from Angelos. You can run them over and plow over them and they still dont break. and It's about $0.20/stake when you cut them in half like I do. (Wear a mask! Nasty dust..)

    I know I know.. I'm not supposed to hit the stakes.. I just like to make sure I get extra close.
     
  10. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    angelos, I wish I did not have to use them but my cotracts state I have to stake the property. I love catching kids taking them. I am like the old man yelling out his window at a house party next door. Scare the 5h17 out of them.
     
  11. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,552

    Poly stakes from J-Thomas. Not the cheapest in the world, but they look nice and last forever. They go in easy too with my custom made installer, no pounding like with wood stakes, they just push in.
     
  12. MeeksCo

    MeeksCo Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Who needs 'em?
    You just keep plowing closer and closer until you see grass flying over the plow.
    Then, you stop plowing closer.

    I tell my customers to purchase their own at wally world if they want them.
     
  13. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    We get them from www.lowcostmarkers.com however im checking out angelo's now. lowcostmarkers.com also has the clip on flags, GREAT for letting everone know who did the great job on the job
     
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    After plowing the same lots for so many years I know where every bump and pothole and blade of grass is!wesport
     
  15. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I don't use them either.
    A good driver knows when he is tearing up grass......lol
    Like GV....I know where stuff is on my accounts.
     
  16. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    I mean most of them I can do with my eyes close, but corporate says they wants stakes, you give them stakes. All you do is charge em for them and it not a problem...
     
  17. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I don't use them. Anymore. My first season "big time" I made a couple hundred. Ran half of them over the first storm. My buddy told me I would. They are good to have here and there, mostly for curbs in the middle of no where, and the snow tends to drift there. It's a little more fun without them. If you feel the front of the truck drop half a foot, that's the edge of the ditch. If it drops two feet, that's the bottom of the ditch.
     
  18. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

    We use stakes and they double as advertising.

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  19. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    Very nice... you've got a few bucks invested there. ;)

    And I thought I spent alot on stakes!
     
  20. MeeksCo

    MeeksCo Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Wow. Those must've cost a pretty penny.
    I am sure the return is pretty beneficial.
    Is the first picture of you guys collecting them at the end of the season?