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Thoughts About Wet Snow and Plowing it

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by QKSnowRemoval, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. QKSnowRemoval

    QKSnowRemoval Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    This is my first year at plowing and i had one hell of a way to start out with plowing 8 to 10 inches of wet snow. Is there a special way in plowing it? Cuz correct meif im wrong but it seems to be alot harder on your truck and equipment and harder to move around. So i have come to the conclusion that wet snow just blow to plow. Could you guys help me out and give me some advice and thoughts thankx.
  2. gottaluvplows

    gottaluvplows Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    Pretty much IMO just plow it- get it over with
    Also When plowing wet snow try not to push straight so much
    we windrow in wet snow (as much as possible)! and......
    DONT LET IT FREEZE unless u like salting!
    If you let it sit for a day your screwed!
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    Ya you plow it at 4" and dont wait for 10"
  4. DHDB

    DHDB Member
    Messages: 94

    For any snow but especially wet snow, always plan ahead for the next storm. Dont push to the end of a run and stop. If you do, you will leave a big frozen mound of snow in the shape of your moldboard. Guess what happens next storm? Your frozen plow shaped popsicle is waiting at the end of your push, so you have no where to push snow. If it's a parking lot, the lot will just get smaller and smaller and smaller.... Always plan ahead for the next storm.
  5. johnslawn

    johnslawn Member
    from ma
    Messages: 90

    Ditto what plowmeister says. imo less wear and tear on truck. Profit margin down but your not pushing the truck or stressing yourself

    Messages: 88

    I second the plow meister, and dhdb posts.
  7. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    take smaller bites,
    don't stop mid push,
    push your piles far enough back that when the next snow comes, your ice piles are not in your way.

    just be glad its not ice or slush......
  8. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,468

    Even seasoned pro's have a hard time with those storms. You just have to take it the shortest distance possible and don't freak out! Sometimes you just gotta plod along and take it little by little.
  9. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,248

    smaller bites is the way to go.
  10. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I just had 8 to 10 inches of wet snow the other day and it was not fun. I tried plowing it straight into a grassy area and that got the snow off the parking lot and left a lot of room for the next storm.
    Then I tried windrowing it, and of course that doesn't get it off the parking lot, it just makes bigger and bigger windrows. Luckily I had a payloader because the snow got so heavy and had to scoop it all up and carry it away to the place where I pushed the snow in the first time. Of course, if I had a V plow, etc. I would have been a lot better.
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Take small bites and push it far as it can go,once it freezes it there for the season. Just what out for the next time you plow. If you had any run off from the pile and it froze you'll love the slide in!
  12. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    Once you start finish it never stop and go back to it later because you will not be able to move it till it warms up.
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Get quite a bit of snow here on the Maine Coast.

    Here are some things I do in my parking lots.
    I actually windrow less with the wet stuff. I usually put the plow in scoop, and just start pushing. To the sides, the ends, wherever. I don't try to be neat and tidy. I usually keep the blade up just a tick also. Saves some wear on the cutting edge, and keeps more weight on the front tires. The extra weight gives you more traction if you are in 4wd, and better steering. Then I go back and cleanup, windrowing to the side.

    If you are plowing a spot where you have to windrow, keep the blade up a bit. Once again more traction and better control. Then drop the blade and scrape/clean it up.

    As far as letting wet snow sit, I have done it several times. I plow three schoolyards, so if we get a Friday night storm, I don't have to hurry. I keep the buildings accessible, but I just let the snow sit there in the major parking areas. The water will drain out. Then I go in on Sunday afternoon after church and plow it up. Great plowing. Of course you have to use some discretion. If temps are really dropping after the storm, might not want to wait.
  14. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Plow with a wet snow....don't let it build up.
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Whoops, meant to say we get quite a bit of WET snow here....
    I know that many of you get much more snow than we do:eek::eek:
  16. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Just like the others have said, don't stop moving & do it before you get too much.

    I'd rather move 12" of the powder than 4" of the wet concrete stuff anytime !
  17. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    Some bad advice right there.
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I have to agree with you on that one. After about the third pass, it's pretty tough to get that mud to move sideways.
  19. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I forgot to mention that I plowed this wet snow in the parking lot 4 times during the storm. I would have really been screwed if I had waited until it stopped snowing.
  20. QKSnowRemoval

    QKSnowRemoval Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    wow, thankx for the info guys, alot of good reply's in this thread.