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back drag conversion

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by intimidator, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. intimidator

    intimidator Member
    Messages: 69

    Is there any way to convert a 7.5' western plow to make it back drag better and still have functional skids? I've also got pro wings, if that matters any.
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Why do you run the skids?
    No one I know runs skids/shoes.
    They leave trailers all the time.
    I have never had problems back dragging without them.
    The first thing contractors tell me is to get rid of the shoes if I have them. Ask around in here no one uses them. you will never clean as well back dragging as pushing. But that's a hazard we deal with.
  3. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    get rid of the shoes. They are mostly designed for use on gravel roads.
  4. BIG M

    BIG M Member
    Messages: 51

    The first thing I did when i got my new Western home was take off the shoes.
    They make great small boat anchors but thats about it.
    In gravel I just raise the plow up a bit.
    As for back dragging.. Well It is what it is..
    It will create ice faster though if you don't get it clean.
  5. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    Back-Dragging with my Snoway (Down-Pressure) cleans pretty well.....

  6. intimidator

    intimidator Member
    Messages: 69

    Thats the problem, about 40% of the lots/driveways I do are gravel, and even with the pro wings, if you don't use skids, you'll end up pushing more gravel than snow. On concrete I always 86 the skids. What about just trimming the rubber on the wings til theres about 1/4" of daylight. Right now they're almost holding the blade up.
  7. Iron Mike

    Iron Mike Junior Member
    from N.H
    Messages: 4

    I have had a backdragger installed on my fisher plow it works pretty good .
  8. kl0an

    kl0an Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    Why not get a back blade for your truck?? We run Daniels back blades on all our trucks with Fisher blades on front. They sure make a clean sweep.. Much better than the front blades can do.. They're also good for picking up the trails left behind from the front blades.

    Just a thought.. granted, an expensive thought but still..

  9. ebaron

    ebaron Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    Iron Mike,
    Where did you get the bakdragger for the Fisher? I didn't know they made them for the Fishers.
  10. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Well, as with just about everything on this site, it all depends on your situation...Me, I like the shoes because of the one residential lot that has a stone driveway. by adjusting the shoes i can clear the snow and now worry too too much about the stone being moved along with it. But that is my situation. Then, when I'm done I get out of the truck and adjust the shoes so the blade hits the ground, not the shoes.
  11. Iron Mike

    Iron Mike Junior Member
    from N.H
    Messages: 4

    I got it at a small welding shop in Salem Ma. Works pretty good.