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Question for those plowing driveways

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Lawn Enforcer, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    I bought a Ford F250 with a 7 1/2 Meyer plow. Currently, it has no skid shoes on it. I'm worried about the plow scratching up the driveways, but if I put shoes on it, will it scrape the driveway clean? This is my first year using a plow, so I'm not sure how this will work. Thanks!
     
  2. JR Snow Removal

    JR Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Personally I have never ran shoes and I have never had a complaint about scratching driveways
     
  3. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Ok, thank you much!

    Also, any tips for plowing driveways anybody? I've only used a snowblower on driveways before.
     
  4. rofoth6

    rofoth6 Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 67

    Don't hit the garage doors.:nod:
     
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Depends on the drive.
    Backdrag and then push it into the yard.
     
  6. dchr

    dchr Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    :laughing:Good one!
     
  7. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    1) take your shoes off
     
  8. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 890

    All my blades have a backdrag blade on them, does a better job of backdragging.
     
  9. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I don't run shoes, Like they said it depends on the driveways, go up to the garage door without hitting it, drop the plow, put it in reverse then pull back, if you have to move the snow a long way in reverse, you will do a better job if you pulled back then turned around the pushed the snow towards the end of the drive. Yup.
     
  10. asps4u

    asps4u Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    Plow barefoot. Don't need shoes unless you get out to shovel the walks.
     
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I never run shoes, besides if they are steel shoes they could just as easily scratch up a driveway....if you are concerned about scratching driveways, you may look into putting urethane cutting edges on the plow, or rubber...but I prefer urethane over rubber. If doing alot of driveways, backdrag edges and pull plows definitely increase production and are well worth the investment.
     
  12. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    I run plows with and without. Cant tell the difference 99% of the time. Only time I even mess with them is when I get gravel plows. Then I drop them down a hair. The ones that have shoes arent even set to touch the ground. The ones that dont have shoes do tend to wear the outer edges faster though. No issues with scratching though. I must have to agree that hitting garage doors in the early AM is never good.
     
  13. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    For the times you bump a door.....carry a little rubbing compound and a towel
    Marks come right off (experience talking)lol
     
  14. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

  15. justwheelit

    justwheelit Member
    Messages: 46

    In my residential contracts, i state that im not responsible for marks or scratches on driveway. then even if it does scratch your covered, i cant run shoes on my plow so i have no choice but have never had a complaint abot scratches
     
  16. snow tender

    snow tender Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    No shoes No problems.
     
  17. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    It is very important to have a definition of reasonable wear and tear. This of course doesnt apply if you rip up a section of pavement or break a curb.
     
  18. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    shoes? You talking about those big heavy metal things that they put on the bottom of new plows?
    Pretty good for holding doors open, or holding down tarps.
     
  19. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

  20. chefracer15

    chefracer15 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Stay Away from the grass!!! If need be mark the edges with something so you stay plenty far away. These plows tear out sod better than a sod cutter.:salute: