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Back dragging without a backdrag blade.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snow-mott, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. snow-mott

    snow-mott Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hey all...its our first season with plows this year and we have two WEstern standard 7.5's for our f-250's. Question is this...until this we used a skid loader to do driveways...but i've been reading on back dragging and thought that may be a really nice thing to do. we push at 2" on average...what tips are there to back dragging with out a blade. are the pads going to ride up on the snow? and if so how can this be fixed so we can still plow forwards without having to change things around on the truck?

    thanks a lot.

    p.s. i did look at the FAQ but still had questions..
  2. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    I don't have many problems with my plow, western 7.5 Pro, but you might want to look into a Western Back drag edge.
  3. NoStockBikes!!

    NoStockBikes!! Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    When you say "pads" do you mean the plow shoes?
  4. Sidebuz

    Sidebuz Member
    Messages: 41

    My two cents: leave the pads/snow shoes off. If you are on concrete, drop the blade and pull the snow back. It may take multiple passes to get it all the way to the surface because you are lacking down pressure (at lease that is my experience with the old Meyer, don't know anything about Westerns). On stones/gravel drives, I back dragged 90% of them. Doesn't move as much stone.
  5. snow-mott

    snow-mott Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    yeah thats what i mean...i'm still a newbies with all of the terms heh.

    What will be some negatives with keeping the shoes off?
  6. mpflood

    mpflood Member
    Messages: 47

    back drag

    back drag the length of your truck and turn around,back in and finish the rest in drive. As for the Plow shoes,we all have some laying around in the garage:cool:
  7. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    I actually leave mine on. I have both the feet and the edge touching the ground. It scrapes clean, and the edge lasts longer than if there were no feet. Just my $.02
  8. Sidebuz

    Sidebuz Member
    Messages: 41

    Negatives of leaving the shoes off: 1) more likely to move tons of gravel/stones if you are on that surface, 2) some say the wearing blade doesn't last as long when on concrete.

    Me: never was worth the hassle to put them on. A lot of our snows, the gravel will still be soft underneath. The pads just sink in and you are back to square one (moving a bunch of stones, which the customer didn't want to happen).
  9. Little Jay

    Little Jay Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    MPFLOOD said it. Use the shoes to hold down dust off in the corner of your garage.
    Drive straight in and back drag the length of your truck. Turn it around and shove the white off into glory frontwards.
  10. easthavenplower

    easthavenplower Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    if your plowing gravel drop the plow all the way down then left about 1 inch high then plow thats what i do never had a problem