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DOT making sparks

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DFLS, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. DFLS

    DFLS Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    I was following this truck at 1 am a few hours after the strorm ended and he had the wing plow down basically grinding it on the pavement. As you can see there was nothing for the plow to scrape. And those edges cost how much to replace???

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  2. hondarecon4435

    hondarecon4435 Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    why would he care hes not paying for it.
  3. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Ive seen them plowing with less than that on the roads. They like to scrape them up really good before they salt it seems
  4. EJK2352

    EJK2352 Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    Looked to me like he was clearing a ramp, clearing the snow along the guardrail. The plow will make some sparks running on the bare areas.
  5. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    tymusicIf their anything like here they tend to under plow at the start of the storm :dizzy: especially weekends until a big accident happens, then theyre OK for a while,:salute: and thenthey over plow at the end of the storm. There is no excuse for iced up roads, cars sliding all over the place. The salters are loaded, they got cameras on road, radar. get the salt down before Old Man Winter strikes.:nod:
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Cutting edges are cheaper than salt;)
  7. treeman06

    treeman06 Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    last week we had a good 4 inches on the road, they were not plowing, but putting salt down, keep in mind it was still snowing like a banshee yet, then about a hour later, they start plowing, you guessed it all salt winds up on the medians and parkways. Then after the storm is over, you will see them plowing maybe .25 inch off instead of just salting.
  8. unit28

    unit28 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,634

    I wonder if that driver was asleep?...lol

    Then they wonder why all the deer are eating at the edge of the road,
    ...good ol' salty grass
    If their anything like here they tend to under plow at the start of the storm especially weekends until a big accident happens

    Man I lived in TX for 40 years, they still to this day do not put an inth of salt/ sand mix down until they have a minimum of 500 accidents...:dizzy:
    You know that it would melt easy after salting in 20 deg. temps. And they have huge piles sitting in reserve ready to go. Also there are piles along some of the highways so the trucks don't even have to go all they way back to one shop to re-load.
  9. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    well since sparks are hot, when they hit the pavement they instantly melt all the ice and snow that is on the ground....right?? :D
  10. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    looks like he was pushin' some snow, and not making a huge load of sparks. Besides, sparks mean that he's getting down to the pavement, which I think is THE point.
  11. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I think this sums it up and the state (or city) doesn't care. Many large municipal plow packages come with mushroom shoes, steel casters or even pneumatic tires that (if adjusted properly) reduce cutting edge wear on the main plow. But when a dealer builds a truck for a municipality or the state, almost without exception these "blade saving" devices are removed totally. It's just easier and faster (not cheaper) to change the blades. Not uncommon for these trucks to go through several blades a season, depending on use.
    I use a former municipal plow for commercial lots and a 10' cutting edge (5/8" thick by 8") is about $350.
  12. MattyK

    MattyK Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 105

    i know a DOT foreman who went to a snow removal conference before the season started, he told me the thing they stressed the most was "Salt is good, sparks are better". Get out there often and early. Also told me they double up on all their edges. Guess money isn't as much of an issue for some
  13. truckmonkey

    truckmonkey Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    ok i know this is my first post but i felt i had to interveen, i work for a local government in md. almost all of our plows run a carbon cutting edges they spark like crazy but they never wear down i have had my truck for 5 years and one round trip on my route is for me is around 80 miles and its never been replaced. i don't no if this his true with this truck or not unfortently, so i will shut up now. lol
  14. MattyK

    MattyK Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 105

    the gentleman i was talking about says they go through cutting edges like hotcakes. thats just my neighboring town. i don't know anything about other municipalities
  15. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    ok mr monkey. your route is 80 miles and you had the truck for 5 years and you still have the same blade. i got it............................................. you plow in Texas right???
  16. merrimacmill

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

    I see them all the time plowing nothing. I am literally talking about nothing.... Bare, black, barley wet pavement, hours after storm end. I can never understand why....
  17. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,229

    Are you driving without lights?
  18. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Thats kinda what I was thinking

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    whos responsible for having them work like that, if theres no work for me i go home no work for them and they plow pavement. someone should be held accountable.
  20. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo auqa lung!!