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Shoes or no shoes???

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by TurfPlow, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. TurfPlow

    TurfPlow Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Any opinions on using the shoes on the plow or not...I had them on, but it seemed to leave a layer of snow on the asphalt. Once I took them off I got a really good "scrape". I realize that my cutting edge will wear out faster...any other issues...thanks in advance for any advice...
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Shoes are for feet not plows.
  3. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    the plow shoes are designed to keep the blade off the surface you are plowing (ie. gravel, chip seal, pavers.) not intended for use on pavement or concrete as it will leave a thin layer of snow.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    how long do they take to put on/ take off?
  5. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    It only takes a few seconds to pull the snap key out and drop the shoes out. Before you do that, count how many spacer washers are under each shoe mount to save time if you want to put them back on.
  6. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    for me no shoes
  7. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I use them. But I plow only gravel acreages. I'd rather leave a layer of snow base than have a so much gravel to pick out of lawns in the Spring. Mine are set to keep the blade about 1/4-1/2" off the ground. I think gravel is their main purpose.
  8. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I always WEAR shoes when I plow
  9. elecblu

    elecblu Member
    Messages: 79

    I run the shoes on my v , but i also realize that i don't scrape as clean as possible. I have an '03 plow and still running the original cutting edge. To me the trade off is worth it.
  10. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    if you don't need to keep the blade off the ground, then don't use them. A new cutting edge is only $80 from Fisher in these parts, not a concern.

    I put them on to push banks back over grass until the ground freezes. They see more use fall/spring. Other than that they are in storage.
  11. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    I found that even using the shoes on a gravel driveway, it still digs in until the ground is frozen. Ive resorted to back dragging on gravel driveways until I have a good base. Other than that, they make for good anchors on my little row boat! haha
  12. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    That's not a bad idea. We often seem to get freezing rain before our first snow which locks the gravel in. I have also experimented with dropping the plow and then applying a little up pressure to take some of the weight off the plow during first snows. I suppose as the season goes on I could remove the shoes. I wish they made a quicker way than removing (as they get iced up), like a swing away position similar to a trailer jack.
  13. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    I used to use the shoes, now I don't use them at all. I do some gravel drives, but mostly asphalt. It's a bit of a pain to switch them off and on. If I am doing something that needs shoes, I just lift the plow up a little bit and push the snow that way. Or I just explain to the customer what is going to happen and most of them prefer to have a clean driveway and will worry about their yard come spring.

    If I am headed off into the grass to push piles I just lift the blade up a little bit as well or make sure to have those banks pushed back before the real snow flies.
  14. mtnzone

    mtnzone Member
    Messages: 82

    your kidding right??
  15. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    Like I tell every bodyshoes, are for your feet not your plow.
  16. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,027

    Boots are warmer!
  17. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    I hope so. But if your not it takes less than 5 minutes.
  18. fruitcakesa

    fruitcakesa Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 37

    No shoes on my gravel driveway, I like a clean scrape, but they will save your trip spring mounts if you plow a lot. I usually just lift the blade a touch if conditions warrant.
  19. 01lariat

    01lariat Member
    Messages: 96

    I bump the blade up.
  20. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Use the PVC pipe trick detailed in several other threads- or GALV pipe... cut to slip over the scraping edge of the plow for gravel/soft dirt.
    Going to try that one this year for my personal drive as it's all dirt- I already scraped away all the gravel over the past 3 winters.