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Best way to open up end of driveway

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by gwnorth23, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. gwnorth23

    gwnorth23 Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 27

    I am new to plowing (my own driveway) this year and am looking for advice on how to best open up the end of my drive without screwing up the town road or blasting out onto traffic to break through the bank left by the county plow.

    I have a long driveway with a turnaround and a circle that opens up to a busy (for Maine:)) road. I know I should push it into the ditch and would if I were approaching the drive from the road.

    I was thinking if I pushed as much as I could to the sides and push what's left across the road, but then I heard that is not allowed?

    I should get some pictures but seems to be dark :realmad: when I get home from work now that Daylight Savings has ended. Any input would be great. Thanks, Mark
  2. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i put up my blade a few inches and drive through the bank at the edge of the road. then if im plowing it right then turn the truck around and start pushing it in . But basically i drive through it out and push it in. if that makes sense.
  3. gwnorth23

    gwnorth23 Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 27

    Thanks, I just worry about driving through the bank and getting caught up with the plow on there, lots more places for snow/ice to get caught up in. It seems to be the only solution though....Mark

    PS - I like your FEE ME State in the location, being a mainer myself it is certainly appropriate
  4. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    thats true. your probably waiting for the snow to stop before you even plow and since we plow other people we are leaving when there isnt much a bank anyway and coming back later.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Not an answer, but I love and agree with your avatar.
  6. gwnorth23

    gwnorth23 Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 27

    Never met a Guinness I didn't like.....
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I go down my driveway and push the snow off to the side then I break trough the end. My road gets verry little trafic so I have plenty of time to pushe the bank back on the other side of the road. What ever you do don't let the bank on the other side of the road stick out into the road (the guys that plow the road will hate you if you do).
  8. Farm Boss

    Farm Boss Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    I agree with everyone here. Just don't go pushing all the snow across the road, thats where you will get into trouble. Keep it on your side. And just remember, don't try and take the whole drive in one bite, do small bites when attacking a big bank. Saves on your truck and won't be stuck. Doing just your one drive you have time, don't rush it. Good luck this winter!!!
    After you get the drive cleaned up you can go have a couple :drinkup:
  9. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    But wait till your finished, you don't want to be spilling any.
  10. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    If you're going to be sticking out on a busy road, I'd get a bright flasher so people see you, and I"m not just talking about a little tear drop flasher. I'm talking about something bright that people will notice right away.
  11. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    I think getting a warning light is a good idea if your road is busy, although the teardrop one should be just fine.

    I've pushed many a large bank with my fisher and getting stuck does happen but not as easy as you would think, you have to push up into a bank then if its mushy enough your front wheels drop down putting packed snow behind the moldboard and since your blade is raised as high as it can go your stuck. then is just a matter of shoveling the snow away from the back of the moldboard, but busting out of your driveway i doubt you will ever get stuck, reason being your going forward in 4wheel and you'll be in the street with your front tires while your back is in the pile, so no worries.

    just remember what you put in the street put back in your lawn.
  12. gwnorth23

    gwnorth23 Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 27

    I have been thinking about an inexpensive teardrop light. Can I pick one up at Wal-Mart or someplace like that? Thanks, Mark
  13. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Nothing good comes from walmart. Check out NAPA, Carquest or a VIP store if you have one near by.
  14. gwnorth23

    gwnorth23 Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 27

    Thanks, we have several auto supply shops around, I will check them out....Mark
  15. 18lmslcsr

    18lmslcsr Senior Member
    from WI.
    Messages: 113

    Sure it does!

  16. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    The county that I live in doesn't like you pushing snow to the other side of the road and leaving a big pile.
    Lucky for me there is a ditch across from my driveway that I use from time to time to get rid of my snow:rolleyes:
  17. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    I'd be leary of pushing anything across a road, especially a county road. In most, if not all locations, it is illeagle. Chances of getting in trouble for it are slim, as long as you are smart about it, but I would only do that if it was absolutely the only way.