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Question for gravel driveway

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by jlbaker79, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. jlbaker79

    jlbaker79 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    In Northern Michigan this am we currently have around 5-7 inches and more coming. We have a very long (about a quarter mile) hill ridden gravel driveway (and when I saw hills I mean BIG hills). We have a plow truck that did not come with skids and due to some procrastination still does not have skids. Any recommendations for safely plowing the gravel driveway? I am sure that the ground is still relatively soft. We can't get out to p/u skids until we can get out of the driveway.Any advice would be great. Thanks. Jen
  2. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    By skids, I assume you mean shoes.

    Lots of guys/gals don't use them anyway. Couple of options is to bump the plow up so that it isn't resting on the ground.

    Others use a pipe on edge. This entails that slit the pipe so it fits over the edge, with some way of fastening it. There are some threads, with pictures, I believe, here on the site.

  3. MattR

    MattR Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    Lots of people will tell you to bump the plow up a little. That works for a level driveway, yet not one with hills in it. I have a gravel driveway and just plowed it. Yes you are correct, the frost is not in the ground deep enough yet (only about 2" of frost in central WI). I did dig in a bit but only when I got too close to the grassy hillside. YES, shoes or the pipe method would help you out in the fall and spring when the ground is not fully frozen.

  4. I plow gravel almost exclusively. 80% of my driveways are 1000ft + Several over 2500ft.

    At this time of year I run a 1 3/4" pipe edge and shoes. I set the shoes so the pipe sits up about 1/4". I posted some pics on another thread.

    Since you don't have shoes, Put a pipe on it or you'll be ripping up the gravel.