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Snow Stakes???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mr.lawn works, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. mr.lawn works

    mr.lawn works Member
    Messages: 32

    Were can a guy get good snow stakes, driveway markers, or things to have marked out such as phone boxes(peds) @ that are reasonably priced and good quality? What are some of the snow stakes to buy or not to buy? and what a good price to pay for them. Found some @ blackburn sign out of nebraska for $1.76 a rod. They are red in color. Any Info would be apreciated...
  2. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,696

    Type in snow stakes in the "Search" feature and 8 pages of reading will be there for you.
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Angelos supply....

    They're the cheapest around, I think they're like $.30-.40 each. We use them, we've found that about half survive the winter, between breakage and theft and just being lost otherwise.

    They're not pretty, nor VERY visible, but if your guys are careful as they should be anyway, they do the job.
  4. mr.lawn works

    mr.lawn works Member
    Messages: 32

    That a start thanx guys... What do others prefer...
  5. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    Next year I'm going to buy some. I'm thinking a saw mill could cut some for me out of hard wood. The thing I haven't come up with is a cheap way to put some reflective something on them for night time.
  6. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I get wooden stakes. 2x2 @ 8' is like 1.50 @ Home Depot. I get 2 out of it. Add the cost of orange spray paint.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    i got mine from jthomas. there pretty cheap but you need to buy a minimum of 100 which isnt that bad
  8. CMerLand

    CMerLand Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I also use the J Thomas stakes. I just get the plain orange fiberglass 4 ft stakes in the catalog for .69 cents apiece. Sure they get lost, stolen or broken but they do the job telling you where those curbs are. We lose a bunch of them each year and just figure it as part of the job. Better then lose a plow due to a bad hit bending the plow or truck.

    The best part of these is off season storage vs a 2x2 stakes. I made up a couple 4" schedule 40 pvc tubes with a cap glued on one end and knocked on the other. Store like 100 plus in each tube and takes up almost no room in the garage. Stack a couple hundred 2x2s somewhere and its gonna look like a bon fires about to happen.
  9. mr.lawn works

    mr.lawn works Member
    Messages: 32

    J Thomas is he on plowsite or is that a catalog?
  10. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    http://www.discountsnowstakes.com/ - used to be a site sponsor, not sure if they still are as the manufacturer section to them is gone. I'm pleased with the order I got from them earlier in the season.
  11. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    now is the time to buy them cheap and store for next year.
  12. espyj

    espyj Member
    Messages: 53

    I bought a stockpile from Angelos this year. They're not reflective, but they've done a great job marking corners for me. Can't beat the price that's for sure.
  13. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    This is the route I went, and I'm glad I did.....but I think I had to buy 1000 to get them for that price?
  14. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I found the reflective ones are a better investment for me - much easier to see especially in driving snow and those especially dark mornings on long drives but then everyone has them these days so I went with a different color (blue) which the local box stores do not sell. I cut them off at the ground pushing banks back often, but no big deal to reset them lower and I will do that 3 or 4 times normally before the stake is too short.

    Saw one locally last night with a spring on the bottom of the glass shaft - great idea but I'm not paying $6 per stake!
  15. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    I've been using the 2x2x8' from the HD too. I cut them in half, cut angle on all four side, primed them fully on all sides with a roller all at the same time , didn't even wait for them to dry to flip, then painted them completely same way. They've been holding up pretty good, but I like reflective markers as replacements, can't see them quite as well just cause of the width but they're easier.
  16. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I bought stakes from Kage Innovations. They were one of the least expensive of all the venders mentioned so far. $.37 per on an 800 count orderI also bought the install tool ( a slide hammer) and the stake scabbard. Install was real quick this past year. The two accesories make for quick work.
  17. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

  18. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Stake insertion tool = get an aluminum rod just larger than your stake diameter, file/ground one end to a bullet point and bevel in the edged on the other (like the butt of a punch or drift). Viola.
    Been using that for years- a 2 or 3 lb sledge is all that's needed and it'll drive into solid frozen New England ground. The bullet point will let it drive in and give good feedback feel to help avoid driving through underground things like sprinkler pipes and wires.
    Mine is about 24 inches long so I'm not all hunched over. When it's early enough I just drive the stakes themselves (especially like the metal capped ones for that).
  19. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    Guys, Here is a tread that I started sometime back. good information there.


    The guy that installed the stakes on 50% of them were only in the ground 4-6" so we are pulling the 1000 stakes this weekend and going to paint the bottom 8" black so that I know they were installed deep enough next seasont. aslo the stakes need to be installed when the ground is wet, so that the dirt doesnt fall back into the drilled hole.
  20. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    Home Depot. Wood or Fiberglass. Can't go wrong. We prefer the fiberglass, but wood will work.