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2005 Ford F250 SD w/ XBlade Plow problem

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Sundance, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. Sundance

    Sundance Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    We just took possession of our 2005 Ford F250 Super Duty truck and had the dealer take care of having the plow and cap installed for us prior to pick up. We ordered the Fisher XBlade plow without knowing that they do not come with Plow Shoes, or even available as an accessory. They only make Curb Shoes. We wrote to Fisher Co. and asked if any of their other plow shoes could be retrofitted to the XBlade. Response was short and negative. They claim the angle of the blade will not allow use of plow shoes. Our dealer is currently working with the manufacturer to remedy this problem. We are researching on our own to see if anyone 'out there' has suggestions on whether there is a type of plow shoe that we could retrofit to our XBlade plow. We are capable of modifying it ourselves, if need be, but we don't want to touch the new plow yet in case it has to be returned for another style that has plow shoes. We use the plow primarily for our large circular driveway and our workplace parking lot which both consist of gravel....not blacktop. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
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  3. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I'm guessing that you've had previous positive results from using plow shoes on gravel?

    I've never had them help any at all. That goes for Meyer and Boss. I only have a few gravel drives. Neither of them would ever warrant the time it takes to install shoes just to remove them for the next job.

    I'm pretty good at getting a feel for the stones, and floating over them.
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    My shoes are always on (and I have never lost one either) but I do vary the amount of spacers on them to control the amount of contact they have or weight they support
  5. raptorman03

    raptorman03 Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    why dont you drop it and raise it up just a little? That should work just fine!!! :drinkup:
  6. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    Raising and dropping the plow is no sub for shoes if you need them for some reason. This is not a 20 ton dozer with accurate blade height control.
  7. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Not to turn this into a shoes/no shoes thread.....

    But shoes IMO are used when plowing roads. When you want to space the cutting edge up 1" or so to avoid manhole covers, etc.

    Are you guys saying that you've had positive experience using them to plow stone driveways?
  8. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    He asked how to put shoes on not if he needed them. I do a few very long gravel lanes and I would not even try them without shoes because you will do a half a$$ job without them.
  9. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    And I was just making sure he wasn't just assuming that shoes work on gravel. I don't know the experience level of some members on here.

    In MY experience, they DON'T work "better" enough to warrant their installation and removal.
  10. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Fisher is smart and knows that 99% of people don't use shoe's. I know I never put them on a plow and so does many other's
  11. lakeeffect

    lakeeffect Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    The new for this season curb shoes from Fisher are a curb/wear shoe, they space the blade up about 3/4". They just started shipping in October. Thats what I have on my X Blade.
  12. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    Not been mine experiance at all, I set them to about 1/2 to 3/4 inch clearance of cutting edge (when resting on a hard surface) and with mushroom headed shoes it works pretty good on gravel together with a tripedge plow. I have done more than a few of them too over the years.
  13. Foxfire

    Foxfire Senior Member
    Messages: 153


    Until the ground freezes nothing will stop the gravel from being pushed around !!!
  14. Tarkus

    Tarkus PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,113

    It you are shoeless for sure and if gravel is too thick a layer it can be tuff too but it is fr easier with good shoes on set about as high as they go than trying to do it without them frozen of not. I have done this for a lot of years even though I general try to avoid gravel lots.
  15. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,141

    Fisher part #28367 is what your looking for,you can find it on their website.It's different than the original curb shoe they offered and as mentioned they just came out this season.