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Anyone ever get stuck??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PlowOrDie, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. PlowOrDie

    PlowOrDie Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 164

    I know everyone has to of gotten stuck plowing atleast 1 time!...

    heres my story from LAST YEAR:

    I was backing up a driveway one time... the driveway was on an incline... and looking at the house, to the right of the inclined driveway was a sloping hill.....i had plowed this driveway successfully the night before... well this day, the day after i successfully plowed this driveway, I was going up this driveway backwards...accidenitally went too far to the left, and just slid down the hill in my truck.

    The left side of my truck acted as a plow blade itsself, and pushed a HUGE pile of snow next to me... i could not see out of my driver side window, nor could I open the door... I had to jump out of the passenger door.... got out, started shoveling... i was in a new development with only 3 houses in a country setting... so nobody was driving by to help...so i continued to shovel... i started at the passenger door and shoveled a complete square around the truck, only to realize that the front and back of me still had atleast 4 feet of snow from the drift....I got back into the truck and called my tow truck driver... he winched me up and pulled me out.... man did i feel like a JACKASS
  2. richsoucie

    richsoucie Member
    Messages: 89

    i got stuck 8 times today all but one was deep enough so i had to climb out the window
  3. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Ha. I was thinking the same thing tonite.

    I almost got stuck last year putting a final windrow pass trying to knock back some serious ten foot high piles. (End runs of a storage facility) And nailed one and it dumped so much snow under the truck I swear the wheels werent on the ground. Snow also came over the top and the truck was covered. It was an awsome smash....lol Kaboom!

    I had to reef it out in 4 low and I had to beat on it.

    But other than that a few minor almost stucks.

    I have a friend with five trucks all around me all night so if I ever got jammed up a quick snatch is no more than fifteen minutes out.
  4. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,866

    Holy crap 8 times? You didn't learn after the first time? :D Thats funny. I have been stuck a few times but nothing that major. Usually trying to stack snow, but a few wiggles of the blade and taking it nice and easy so the tires grab and your out and ready to push another line.
  5. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    2 storms ago I got stuck big time. It took 4 hours to get my self out. I was doing a driveway for the first time. It was sloped so my drivers side was higher than my passanger side. Anyways, I had no idea that under the snow was nothing but a sheet of ice. So I was pushing the snow to the end of the driveway, and the tires spun a little and the truck slide down the hill. And behind the plow filled with snow and underneath. So I tried to get out again and it slide down further. So I got out and started to shovel it out and put salt around the tires. But this was no help. As I closed the door to the truck it slid down a little more. I had no one to call so I gave my mother a call and she brought her "honda rideline" of all things. Well that as the best thing I could get at that time, I know a honda pulling out a GMC is pretty pathetic. Anyways, the honda was whipping it self around the place trying to pull out my truck and we were getting no where. So eventully it pulled it out but draged the truck across the womens garden and it stopped about 1 foot from here well cap. So I knew if i pulled it, I would hit the well cap. So I dug for another hour and 4 hours later I got it out. That was my worst experience yet.
  6. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Thats where I've almost got bound up. Side hill lies on slippery asphalt with big piles against a fence on the low side. Again at the storage deal, and thats where I hit one of those yellow building last year poles too....damn place.


    Part of the problem is the blade gets in the way and stops a lot of the manuevering youd be able to do.

    I suppose in a real jam the blade could be dropped and pulled out with a towstrap after you get free for safe rehooking.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2007
  7. PlowOrDie

    PlowOrDie Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 164

    exactly! .....

    I am thinking about purchasing a Winch... i would feel a lot safer with it....only problem with that is that you need something to hook the winch on to!
  8. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    I had to do that one time a few years back... and it definitly helped to get the truck out..
  9. iflyhelis

    iflyhelis Member
    Messages: 53

    You are the first person I have heard say that they use the angle to help get them unstuck. I have had to do that myself, it sure does help, where else can you get around 900 lbs. of push for free!

    Yeah, this last storm I got jammed in real good while stacking, if I didn't have the ability to wiggle the angle, I would have had to call for help. Later on that day, I did lose the angle, ran out of hydraulic fluid.
  10. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    One year - misjudged and dropped the front end of the 3500 over a 50' bank. Called tow truck. He sent a rolloff. Put outriggers down and started winching. My truck was pulling the tow truck backwards. Had to dig out around the moldboard. By putting mine in reverse and him pulling forward; was able to get it out. Another time, put the right front off the road edge. Had to dig for the wrecker to pull from almost 100' cause that was as close as he could get. Several other times that were easy pulls. I've used the plow to "wiggle" out many times.
  11. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,797

    I have never got stuck when plowing on pavement.... yet.

    I remember one of the first snows I ever plowed in my own personal truck, after about 30 hours of plowing in the city, I new what my truck could do. I was pushing back piles that other smaller trucks were leaving at the curbs.

    Got home and went to plow out the farm because the skiddy was at a different farm, tried to do the same thing that I was doing up in the city. I learned that afternoon that your tires just dig in gravel. I got pulled out by a ford. :( :(
  12. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    SOME people are fortunate enough to HAVE pavement. :p All mine are gravel or hardpack.
  13. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    knock on wood, I haven't been stuck to the point of calling someone. But a few times I did push the snow too far and got the blade over the snow bank and couldn't back up. Had to move the blade back and forth and do some rockin.
  14. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Years ago after a storm and we were done plowing. I would cruise new housing developments.

    Most times building contractors still wanted to frame or do whatever through the winter to keep themselves busy.
    I would back-drag or clear areas in front of the foundation so they could park or get at the supplies that most times were just dropped wherever they had room.

    I was pulling out this one new build that was almost done and they needed room to unload 2 pallets of bricks.

    Talked to the foreman and he decided where he wanted cleaned as I started out.

    He forgot to tell me they had just dug and placed a septic tank the week before. There was no topsoil yet and was only sand. Wet sand.

    As soon as I pulled over the area I felt the truck sink.
    I felt the floor push up and could feel the truck sit and knew I was in it good.

    It made a mold almost out of the sand where my truck sat and digging just made it sink more.

    A highway wrecker with swing booms had to lift the truck out.

    $380 bucks and that was about 12 years or so ago.
    Haven't drove on sand since.
  15. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    I was sent this in an email yesterday.


  16. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    The above story of mine happened in Michigan.
    Kalamazoo to be exact.

    HAHAHahaa and we all had beers.
  17. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    was plowing a driveway that sloped upwards toward the house, and the driveway went up and to the left that was a parking pad. i was driving up and pushing a pile onto the pad when my wheels started to slip and i slid down sideway onto the grass and got stuck there, took a while of rocking to get out and had to come back in the summer to repair the yard.

    a long time ago when we had our 94 dodge pickup we were doing a lot and were stacking a large pile when our a-frame settled itself on the pile and we couldnt back up off the pile, the tires just started burning a patch into the asphalt. had to get pulled out by another truck, turns out we broke the reverse gear in the tranny because of that and had to get it rebuilt.
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,257

    LMAO, too funny
  19. valvestem

    valvestem Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    LMAO that is funny
  20. crabbybob

    crabbybob Junior Member
    from 01440
    Messages: 27

    I got stuck this past storm and spent about 20 minutes shovelling before I realized I was in 2wd. Doh!