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Snow plow shoes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by SuperiorService, Dec 13, 2011.

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  1. SuperiorService

    SuperiorService Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hello winter warriors.
    I'm new to the plowing and just bought my first snow plow, used of coarse. It is a Fisher 7.5 HD. The guy didn't have the plow shoes for it and never used them.
    So, do you use them???
    I have contracts for some commercial parking lots and truck stops
    Thanks:gunsfiring:
     
  2. newhere

    newhere PlowSite.com Addict
    from Fenton
    Messages: 1,288

    i usually use them on all my commercial lots, really saves on salt usage.
     
  3. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,246

    The only occasion that I have ever used them was when I helped out a neighbor and had to plow a few hundred feet of gravel driveway. Other than that, I never have. I don't understand why you would want to leave any snow behind on the lots anyway.
     
  4. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

  5. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I got to ask if you run them hows that save on salt usage

    Shoes only good for gravel its a waste of money to run them hard surface
    With them on the plow doesnt do clean job
    But maybe my thinking is wrong
     
  6. 7_below

    7_below Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    Even in gravel they suck. They still dig in. You gotta feather the up/down on the plow to skim the surface. A lot of guys run a piece of metal coping along the cutting edge if doing tons of gravel areas.
     
  7. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Been using them for 37 years.It's all about keeping a fine adjustment on the washers.It will definitely prolong edge life and is easier on your plow.
     
  8. SuperiorService

    SuperiorService Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Tuney,
    On flat pavement what is the distance between your blade and pavement?
    1 washer 2,3,4,5,?????
    Do you run a full trip or edge trip on your plow?:mechanic:
     
  9. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Yes might prolong it but once the cutting edge wears out you have a price for edge and new shoes
    To me with shoes on doesnt clean as good as running no shoes
     
  10. PenfieldProp

    PenfieldProp Junior Member
    from 06880
    Messages: 12

    Never had shoes on a plow and my experience the thicker the blade like a worn out fisher or a thick poly edge does a horrible job of scraping
     
  11. KSikkema

    KSikkema Senior Member
    Messages: 179

    I'm fairly certain I've completely forgotten how to even install mine
     
  12. combiking

    combiking Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I use a set for gravel drives, people in my area hate having gravel moved. Since my shoes only come flush with my blade i have a piece of 3/4 plate welded to them to lift it off the gravel also as a plus the plate is cheaper than new shoes.
     
  13. havenlax18

    havenlax18 Senior Member
    Messages: 285

    I don't use them.
     
  14. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    They make great door stops. Or a paper weights, or even book ends.

    I love my Z
     
  15. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    NO washers here--hair gap,maybe. Proving nay sayers wrong 1 shoe at a time.
     
  16. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    10 years on original cutting edge on my 9-2 Boss says different.My lots are just as black as the next guy without shoes. Have proved this many times.
     
  17. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I assume that you meant that you usually DON'T use shoes?
     
  18. Mike N

    Mike N Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    I use them on a couple gravel drives only.
     
  19. joepetrilli

    joepetrilli Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 33

    Pres.

    I just invested in a new truck and having a Fisher XLS installed tuesday. I hope to be plowing local roads. A pair of shoes are $160 which is not much considering I'm almost spend 6 grand for a plow. Would apreciate any input!ussmileyflag
     
  20. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Will the town mind having 1/2" or so of snow on all the roads you plow? Plowing pavement = no shoes.