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town/city banks

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by drh76, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. drh76

    drh76 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I am looking for advice on getting through the two and three foot solid snow banks the city makes, in the north east. I have a 1500 and straight blade 7.5. Last year I was a cupcake and shoved some out. Tried blasting through one, stoked I ended up on all four. There must be a happy middle?
  2. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    are you talking about the plow runnoff at the end of drives, sidewalks or what?
  3. drh76

    drh76 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    The plow run off at the end of drives.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You need to take small bites out of it. And it sounds like you also need to go do your cleanups a little earlier.
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Good tires. Weight. Small bites. Don't wait too long to get in there to break it open. We only get a couple storms a year like that anyway. I'm guessing you're right in the city to get combings that tall. Around here the plows go fast enough to throw the snow back quite a ways.
  6. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    ditto on both of what the other guys said, one thing i have done on some big runnoff piles is leave the plow up and start taking small bites, then lower it a little and keep doing that till it breaks up, if you waited till it got real hard, sometimes it just the outside layer that is froze hard, once you break thru that it gets easier
  7. wildbl1500

    wildbl1500 Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Small bites work well. Other things that have worked for me: Go full angle toward the main road- rather than trying to push all the snow into the drive at once. I also have a drive that is on a major road that has minimal traffic (other than 7am, 6pm). There, I have pulled up parallel to the bank, full angled toward the road and backed up to "hook" the big frozen chunks with the backside of the plow and pull them out of the way.
  8. breadoflife

    breadoflife Member
    Messages: 85

    basically it comes down to trial and error, snow isnt the same composition everywhere, so some methods will work much better than others.