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shoes or no shoes?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by topspd7, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. topspd7

    topspd7 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Hi All, I'm relatively new to the business and I was wondering when I should take the shoes off when plowing or leave them on....I've always left them on as I plow some really bumpy lots and some packed gravel....should I take the shoes off for smooth driveways??? How far off the ground should the blade rest? :confused:
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  2. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Hi Topspd7,
    I remember seeing a similar posting just last week or so on this. I think you'll find opinions vary on their use on this forum. Most on here seem to deter their use at all. I think their main intention is gravel, which I do only, and I use them. I prefer not to push gravel around. Mine are set approximately 1/4" to 1/2". The Hiniker manual specifies 1/2". On smooth drives you would want to remove or raise them to get a good scrape.

    With all the fancy plows with automated wings, etc., you would think they could have a quick way of enabling & disabling the shoes. But intermittent use is still a manual chore.

    Here are a few links for you. You can use the "Search" feature and find more hits on this topic.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=112614
    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=112522
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  3. topspd7

    topspd7 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Thanks a lot !!!!
     
  4. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Except from my manual,
    Adjust the skids at the back of the moldboard according to the surface to be plowed. The bottom of the skids should be about 1/2" below the cutting edge when plowing gravel roads or lots. Skids should be even with the cutting edge on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete.