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Stacking snow 101

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Snowzilla, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    I 'm in my 2nd year of plowing. I have a Hiniker 7.5' conventional. I would like some tips on stacking snow with plow. Last year I used the strategy of slowly raising the plow as I drove into to stack. I have read some guy on Youtube telling someone not to do this but leave in float mode and let it ride up the pile.

    I have never done this because I figured the blade is too heavy to ride up and it was easier on the truck to raise the plow as I drive into pile instead of ramming like a bulldozer.

    If some of you let the plow ride up in float mode does the blade trip as you do this? This would be annoying I would think. :realmad:

    Would like to hear any tips or suggestions from experienced plow drivers.
     
  2. F350plowing

    F350plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    it will ride up in float mode oce you have a pile started and as long as its not really wet so it just packs together. if the pile is frozen then it will trip sometimes if it hitsa hard spot/ but you don't need to hit the pile like a bulldozer
     
  3. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    one thing from personal experience, make sure the plow is straight across, ive had ours hit our plow lights, it didnt bust them, but they are single pole ball mount so it could pivot out of the way...just not a good thing for it though.
     
  4. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    You can also get yourself stuck pretty bad if you don't have it straight, you'll be pushed sideways and if you have a lot of snow in front of you and the blade high enough you'll be shoveling for awhile!

    Another thing, remember its a truck, not a loader!
     
  5. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Great tips guys. Keep them coming.

    Those of you that let the plow ride up into the pile.... are you doing this from momentum or using the accelerator into the pile?
     
  6. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    both, you have to feel the truck and pile, takes practice, hit too hard or wrong snow composition and you will be hugging the steering wheel...


     
  7. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    BreadofLife, Wouldn't it be easier to just use the hydraulics then to stack? or is this not as efficient.
     
  8. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    not as efficient, another advantage of doing this with a chain lift is the chain can lift faster to catch up to the raised blade. but either way, the equipment is designed to do this, and no damage will result.
     
  9. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    I stack the snow the same way a bulldozer stacks dirt, I make a ramp and just drive up the pile and pile it higher with each storm.
     
  10. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    so how do you get it firm enough to drive on...?
     
  11. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    I like to go into the pile at about 15-20mph lifting the blade as fast as possible when I feel my truck slow down 13 mph, then give it hell. :D
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Don't stack it,how else are you going to make loader money?
     
  13. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I know right! What the hell is he thinking :laughing:
     
  14. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    I dont "stack" per say, but when I go into a pile I raise the blade as I'm going into the pile. My V blade pushes it pretty high but I dont make much of an effort trying to stack it. Its not called "plowing" for nothing. I leave the stacking to the loaders, I cant chance breaking something.
     
  15. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    It packs down good and freezes between storms. I also drive a Jeep:D AND use 10.5 inch wide tires:D
    Although my helper with a F250 can drive up the piles too.
    Just dont go past the top.
     
  16. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    Good stuff guys. I sorta used Brian Young's thinking last year. I figured I'd rather wear the plow than the truck. The Plowmeister must be using really fat tires or tracks. :nod: Sounds fun though.

    I couldn't find anything on "stacking" using the search feature so I started this thread. :salute:
     
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    It packs down good and freezes between storms. I also drive a Jeep:D AND use 10.5 inch wide tires:D
    Although my helper with a F250 can drive up the piles too.

    stacking snow
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Need to adjust your stacking stops

    Unless you are using direct lift then "ski the stack" isn't an issue

    :dizzy::dizzy::laughing: there is NO delay with direct lift. Immediate response, no "ski the stack" and getting hung up.

    Snowzilla your Hiniker should stack well. you can do it like you have been or like Brian suggested.
    A few previous threads on stacking.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=9200
    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=78391
    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=62582
    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=77482
    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=73791
     
  19. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827


    :laughing::dizzy::eek:

    completely opposite. The chain will have slack in it while in float...therefore the slack must be eliminated before the a-frame raises. No chain...No slack.
     
  20. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    raise the plow and drive on the pile