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Blade height

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by otis, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. otis

    otis Junior Member
    from idaho
    Messages: 9

    I've been plowing my driveway for years and I've always set the plow blade shoes to only allow like a peice of paper to slide under it when down. I just bought a new Boss and the dealer set the blade with about 1/2" off the ground and told me that was the recomended height. Where do you set your blade?
  2. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    I don't use shoes unless I am plowing a gravel drive, and then it doesn't help much. My plows are either Western or Hiniker.
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    lower than the dealer and higher than you. The shoes have upward give to them on mine because the spacers dont set in firm in place. so a quarter inch turns into a half when you push up on the shoes.

    For the shoes, not the blade. Only reason to have the blade off the ground is when your plowing your gravel. Probably why the dealer told you to put them low and keep the blade up.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008
  4. otis

    otis Junior Member
    from idaho
    Messages: 9

    It sure doesn't make sense to me. At my office my lot is paved and I sure don't want to leave a 1/2" of snow on it. At home it is gravel and like you said it doesn't really matter if I even have shoes on it there.
  5. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    take the shoes off and throw them away
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I plow gravel with no shoes with no probabalems.
  7. Grampa Plow

    Grampa Plow Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 274

    Sell the shoes on e-bay! But sell'em cheap!
  8. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    My new Curtis came with shoes. Should I yank em. I will be doing some gravel and some paved driveways. What should I do?
  9. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    If the ground is frozen you don't need shoes but if it's not frozen you shoud use shoes JMO.
  10. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    SHOES,SHOSES... Alot cheaper to buy than a cutting edge... I use them,just set them to skim the surface. It does just fine...
  11. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Shoes? shoes?...... I dont need no Stinking Shoes:jester:
  12. cr252many

    cr252many Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    The first thing I took off my plow...the shoes! A waste of steel.
  13. snow tender

    snow tender Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    I agree with mercer me