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Survived my first winter,but....

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by bobkittybob, May 16, 2009.

  1. bobkittybob

    bobkittybob Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Greetings, thanks to some of the great info I got from this site helped me make it through my first winter in Northern Ontario. My 99 7.3 PSD and Fisher plow did the job. On the last plow of the season, 6 inches of slush on a gravel driveway.....I experienced blade bounce to the point where I dug ruts in the gravel as the blade oscillated up and down. Shoes were off at this point as the base was too soft to support the plow blade. Can anybody explain to me why this happened and what to do to stop it. Thanks in advance guys.
    bob
     
  2. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    I cant really explain how to stop it.... However, I can tell you that it would have seemed obvious to me that you were going to make it through the winter... I mean come on, a PowerStroke and a Fisher blade... Does it get any better?
     
  3. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    PUT the shoes back on for those conditions. !!!! Or bump up the plow a bit no float position !!!1
     
  4. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    That's very common when plowing ground that isn't frozen. You can avoid it by driving slower and by raising the blade up enough so that you're not scraping the surface (or put the shoes back on like the previous poster mentioned).
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Yup, slow down and take some weight off the blade.
     
  6. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    Umm a Dodge with a Cummins with a Fisher is Better
     
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    :rolleyes:.....
     
  8. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    i thought it was "cummings"
     
  9. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Joking..? :confused:

    Dave.... No. You too CreteBaby, Dont second a bad choice of truck.
     
  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    What are you talking about Willis

    :rolleyes:=sarcastic,;)
     
  11. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Thats what is dripping off the Dodge after the circle...........................Ahhhhhhhhhh nevermind :eek:
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I havn't had much luck with shoes

    I would try a slit pipe over the cutting edge for soft gravel
     
  13. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    What's a slit pipe exactly? Never heard of one :confused:
     
  14. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Im quite sure he means like.... Take a piece of PVC, Cut a slit wide enough to go over your cutting edge, and you basically understand from there.
     
  15. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Pretty much .....but I am not convinced that PVC would work, I would use metal pipe
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2009
  16. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Ahh whatever.
     
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Whatever??
     
  18. bobkittybob

    bobkittybob Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    What a great read, thanks for the info guys, i can hardly wait for next winter :) . Broke down and bought a sled each for the wife and me. Winter is almost as much fun as summer.
     
  19. ghlkal

    ghlkal Member
    Messages: 83

  20. sbt1

    sbt1 Member
    Messages: 59

    Put the shoes on

    You should always have the shoes on. Period.