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Adjusting Plow Shoes With Touch of Button

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MIAWPUKEK, Feb 21, 2005.


    MIAWPUKEK Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Wouldn't it be nice if someone invented a plow where you could raise and lower the shoes with the touch of a button, when plowing from pavement to dirt/gravel. :nod:
  2. pbeering

    pbeering Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    Could probably be done with a small pair of hydraulic cylinders - if one had that many to do.
  3. gt_racer50

    gt_racer50 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 484

    I adjust my plow shoes by leaving them in the garage, I then adjust the plow to the proper depth by using my rider or by getting out of the truck.
  4. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Shoes. What are those? ;)
  5. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    With hydraulic cylinders it might be tough or impossible to get fine enough adjustment, unless you built in some stops at your favorite setting. I was thinking along the lines of a using power trailer tongue jacks, just with a shortened tube.
  6. repo_man62

    repo_man62 Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    They kinda do...It's called a joystick & a whole lot of practice and skill! :waving:
  7. hillmin

    hillmin Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I adjust mine the same way as gt racer50. I must have a dozen sets of shoes and a box full of washer shims in the barn. Don't junk them because I have this stupid notion that some day I may find some use for them.
  8. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    They do. The button on my cutting torch. :nod:
  9. snowgm

    snowgm Member
    from MI
    Messages: 34

    It seems like every time this gets brought up the answer is always that hardly anybody uses shoes. I've talked to a couple local guys who never thought about even taking them off - so I don't if its a fluke of this forum or what.

    I've tried with and without and didn't see a big difference. I can see the problem with keeping them adjusted - but it also seems like removing them would cause your cutting edge to wear a LOT faster.
  10. jeffw

    jeffw Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    when i got my first fisher it didn;t come with em and i didn;t miss em, with my new western ultramount the first thing i did the day of the blizzard when i took delivery is took the shoes off and left em in the garage, i do have one gravel lot that i plow. i like the scraping action of the blade it seems to get everything cleaner, and that is what my customers request.

  11. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    The frequent changes of temperatures here result in the constant freezing and thawing of the ground. Plowing gravel lots here without shoes on is a sure way to break things. The tires of the truck sink in in some places, so where you have set your height to doesn't stay constant.

    I'd love a set of power operated shoes. Up for pavement, down for gravel.