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Will plowing asphalt driveways leave marks

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by hauland, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. hauland

    hauland Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have a 72 Bronco with a 6.5 plow and am planning to offer driveway plowing in my neighborhood based on my availability if and when we get any major storms this season.

    I have plowed a couple seasons with my Bro-in-Law and will help him out from time to time, mostly in one of his trucks on parking lot and townhome development streets so I really havent paid that close of attention to whether we were scraping/gouging the asphalt. And since it was all community property you didnt get the immediate and personal feedback you might get doing someones driveway.

    How do I best avoid damaging the asphalt on peoples driveways. I don't have plow feet but will be putting some on if recommended.

    Some of the people in my neighborhood can be pretty picky so I wanna be really aware of what kind of impact the plowing may have on a driveway outside of taking out some grass, lamppost or mailbox.

    Thanks, Hauland
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2010
  2. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Mine dosn't scratch my driveway it scratched my grandpas drive who has an older cement drive.
     
  3. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    A lot of marks I've seen have more to do with driveway contour than anything. If the driveway isn't level, or if you approach it from an odd angle, there are always chances to leave marks. Most of the noticeable marks I've seen have been on concrete driveways though, like ajslands was saying.

    Bottom line is that there is always a possibility for leaving marks, no matter what plow, what surface, or what operator.
     
  4. hauland

    hauland Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Do you guys run plow feet/shoes?
     
  5. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I don't, for two reasons. 1: It makes it nearly impossible to scrap clean, and 2: I have a hinged backdrag blade on my plow which shoes would interfere with.

    That said, you would reduce the chances to some degree of leaving marks with shoes on your plow. For plowing gravel, shoes are a good thing....but I don't plow any gravel.
     
  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I don't. I do lots of commercial and it looks better if you don't.
     
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    Lets see, your going to drag a 700 to 800 Lb of steel down a driveway

    Get a rubber or plastic cutting edge.
     
  8. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    dont worry about scrapes and throw the plow shoes in the scrap barrel
     
  9. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    If it is a major concern for you, get a poly edge, then you'll still get good, clean results. The rubber edge won't mark it either, but they do not leave a nice clean surface if its been driven over or frozen. And no shoes.
     
  10. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    So basicly you can't backdrag and push it out. And make it look good?
     
  11. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    My experience with a rubber edge gave me mixed feelings. It was great for sloppy, wet storms, basically worked as a big squeege. Do to the softer nature of rubber, it didn't clean very well if the surface was driven over or if there was any ice build up. Others may have different opinions, but these were mine.:D
     
  12. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I had a buddy who hated it! Mostly because if it was driven over it didn't do anything, but also it shed sometimes when it did so it left a cute little yellow trail right where it had been. Now he uses it as a wheel chock :nod:
     
  13. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I'd be lucky to get one snowfall out of a poly edge. Doing driveways might be fine, but lots would tear them up in a heartbeat.
     
  14. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    I agree that poly edges would probably not last too long doing lots, unless your doing parking garages with the membrane surface. Seems he is just looking to do some driveways.
     
  15. hauland

    hauland Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for all the input. Yup just looking to do driveways and maybe mailbox/trash can access in my neighborhood. I have a full time job and an hour commute so I cant commit my services but will offer them ad hoc when we get bigger snows.

    Average drive is probably 50 foot up to a two car garage. How does $45. I want to have a threshold and charge more once snow depth is over that. What do you recommend 6", 8", 10" or what?
     
  16. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,549

    I set up my threshold at 12 originally, lowered it to 8, now thinking about lowering it to 6"
     
  17. tjkcreations

    tjkcreations Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I had a rubber edge, It didn't backdrag well but it was nice and quiet!!!
     
  18. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Does the plow still trip when it is on or does the poly just flex?