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Pusher shoes

Discussion in 'Pro-Tech Sno Pushers' started by UNISCAPE, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. UNISCAPE

    UNISCAPE Member
    Messages: 48

    Anyone know where i can buy new shoes for a 8' and a 10' online?
     
  2. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    pro-tech's website
     
  3. bartolini

    bartolini Member
    Messages: 55

    Pro Tech Shoes/Pads

    We welded 3/4" steel ourselves. Could not see spending $450 just on pads. However, we did not get the best guage steel. I will look into the right steel next time. I also want to see how long my welded ones last.
     
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,890

    Have a local fab\welding shop make some up for you.

    I would like to tell you what steel to use, but my fab guy won't tell me.

    ProTech's are too expensive for what you are getting.
     
  5. bartolini

    bartolini Member
    Messages: 55

    One of my snow plow driver/mechanic knows the name of the special steel grade for push box shoes and where to get it . I will post it next time I talk to him.
     
  6. 4700dan

    4700dan Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 329

    The steel you need for pusher shoes is A-400 it's harden steel, and making them your self is A LOT cheaper we have done it for a few years now, we order the metal from a steel plant they cut the shape and size and we take it to a welder to weld together
     
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    we got three sets of homemade harden steel shoes that are running on their thrid season...saves the big payup
     
  8. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    but i've also bought the pro-tech self leveling shoes as well and they are nice for the self levelin feature. i've done mods to them with harden steel to make them last longer as well.
     
  9. bartolini

    bartolini Member
    Messages: 55

    Self Leveling Push Box Shoes

    Thanks for the A-400 steel, that's sounds like it. I saw self leveling shoes advertised on. I find it very difficult to get some men to understand box angle degrees and float positioning in the Bobcats. Does anyone think the self leveling shoes will help the less sophisticated employees do a better job? :)

    FYI, I like Pro Tech boxes and am buying three more this week from our local Bobcat dealer. The replacement pad thing is just an economic issue we can work around because we weld in house.
     
  10. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    We make our own shoes as well. We have about 10 pushers and just use the steel we use for cutting edges. We buy 10 foot strips of steel and use the scraps to make our shoes.. They last atleast a season if not more depending on how much pushing the pusher sees in the season. Much much cheaper than buying them premade.
     
  11. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    steel trip blades or just a straight steel blade?
     
  12. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Just straight blade steel.
     
  13. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    does it get caught up on catch basin grates or uneven pavement?
     
  14. kcress31

    kcress31 Senior Member
    Messages: 451

    Yeah, the protechs are really expensive. We welded our own too.
     
  15. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    I have never had an issue with uneven pavement or catch basins, and none of the other operators have had issues either as far as I know. The shoes give a bit of resistance the first 5 maybe 10 minutes on their first use, but after that no other issues.
     
  16. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    i might have to try a blade...how thick, 0.5" inch or 1" thick steel blade?
     
  17. bartolini

    bartolini Member
    Messages: 55

    Recycling Old Cutting Edges

    Genius! Thanks for the suggestion fairrpe
     
  18. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    I dont remember what we use for our cutting edges, I wanna say it is 5/8's but dont quote me on that. Essentially the new piece of steel gets welded to the old shoe thats already on there. Sometimes we have to do a bit of extra fabrication work to make that work, but most of the time the new piece just goes right on top of the existing. We weld one of the curved sides on, get out the torch and a sledge to bend it. Weld the longer flat side down, then repeat the torch and welding process for the other curved side. Then we reset our rubber and fix any mount issues we have and its pretty much good to go for the season.
     
  19. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    we used 1" harden steel last year and the shoes are still 1" thick even after plowing all of last season with them
     
  20. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    It very well could be 1" we are using, like I said I cant quite remember. We dont do shoes on every pusher each year, its mainly just the rubber replacement or adjusting we have to worry about.