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When to use skids

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by unior, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. unior

    unior Member
    Messages: 31

    When is it a good idea to use skids on a plow? The guy I bought my plow from says they are good for pavement yet not for gravel?
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,529

    I use mine as a door stop.
     
  3. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,652

    We use them as anchors for buoy course during the summer.
     
  4. unior

    unior Member
    Messages: 31

    Well I guess there is no point in getting my broken one welded back together then!
     
  5. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,652

    I am sure someone will show up and say how wonderful they are. Be patient. :drinkup:
     
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Anchor for my fishing float tube.
     
  7. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I just sent a pile of them to scrap heaven this fall. Tried them 30 years ago never got them to do any good.
     
  8. unior

    unior Member
    Messages: 31

    Found an old post on this site...some guys are saying they keep the gravel in the driveway and outta the grass. I have a couple customers I am planning to plow for that have gravel drives.
     
  9. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I have tried them in the gravel - does not work. The 1/2 pipe thing works. After gravel freezes it plows just fine.
     
  10. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    When I first started I used to put them in for gravel lots but now I just bump the plow up a couple times and I'm golden
     
  11. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    I used a set once about 20 years ago and didn't care for them
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,529

    A boot 460ft of my drive is gravel.
    My prarents have a gravel drive.
    A paying customer has one too.
    I just bump it up untill the edge is just off of the ground, untill it's frozen
    Then I plow it like pavement..( in float)
     
  13. Ramitt

    Ramitt Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I guess im that guy that says they are useful sometimes when you have a hilly lane way...
     
  14. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    i welded my gravel pipe on them so it is removable
     
  15. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Pic? Sounds interesting.
     
  16. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,599

    I think most on here used them when they first started out trying to please that one customer. Now they figured they can do without that one complainer.
     
  17. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,865

    I thought you were referring to skidsteers. lol

    I guess all mine have been recycled, haven't seen any around in a long time.
     
  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,529

    The super douper yard guard.

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  19. coke813

    coke813 Member
    Messages: 88

    That is awesome!
    I also have a gravel driveway so I leave the shoes on. If you have to plow in early December before the ground is frozen, it does kind of help keep the blade from digging in, same for when pushing past the edge of gravel and onto the grass. Now I just drive over the first snow to pack it down and freeze into the gravel. But you will learn that the only way to keep from ruining grass is to lift up the plow when you get to the edge.
    Like others have said, after the gravel is frozen, it doesn't make a difference. You have no need for shoes on any hard surface (concrete, asphalt)
     
  20. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    welded the shoes to the pipe



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