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Driveway Markers

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by ramsport1500, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. ramsport1500

    ramsport1500 Member
    Messages: 30

    I was wondering if I can get some info on what works the best and is the most bang for the buck for Driveway markers, I have been plowing for 2 years now and just came across some fiberglass with reflective tape on them, one of my customers has put them in, and I want to buy them to put in the rest of my customers driveways. Hope someone can point me in the right direction to purchase these.
    Thank you in advance
  2. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I use cut rebar and paint the upper part a bright orange,I get the rebar as scrap from a local foundation contractor I know for free.
  3. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    You can order them from C.P.W on line.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Hello, go to your local lumber yard and get a bundel of 8' feering strips. Rip them in half (length ways) and then cut them in 3rds (sort ways). Make sense? A bundle of 8 of them is about 10-15 bucks. And you get 48 per bundel if you cut them length ways, and cut them in 3rds. They works great and you really aren't gonna care if them get stolen or broken. (damn kids take them and break them off and then you can't see where your opsticals are anymore.)

  5. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    1X2" x 48" Stake Pointed (Pointed Lath) available at any lumber yard. Bundle of 50 is about $18 here. Hammer in ground, spray paint top 6" in florescent paint.
  6. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    For the guys that are useing wooden stakes how long are they lasting you on average?
  7. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    I loose 1 or 2 per drive per year, so maybe $1 a year per driveway.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Mine accually lasted longer than I thought. At this ice arena I plow about half of them got taken or broken by kids that just didn't care. I had all the islands staked and It wasn't that bad as far as not being able to see them because when I would plow that lot I would try not to wind row the snow onto the islands. So I could still see where they were the next time I would have to go there becasue It wouldn't be plowed and plus there are trees in each island so I had an idea of where each one was. I didn't even paint the top halfs of them. I am heading there tommorrow to clean up some garbage and pull out the plow stakes.
    I never stake out my residential. That is the owners responsiblity for staking things out, i.e. edges of the driveways, sprinkelers, and what not. I tell each one of my accounts that except the commercial accounts.

  9. 1sthippy

    1sthippy Member
    Messages: 85


    I think Home Depot has them also. Might cost an arm and a leg thou. Hippy
  10. troy28282

    troy28282 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Using wood stakes are a cheap method of marking but they dont seem to hold up. Heavy/wet snow eats those stakes up all day long. We use the fiberglass 4ft stakes and they hold up well. There still are some that are still around from the first order of them and if they break, we cut them up and use them markside walks. In our contracts, it states that we provide the stakes on their property and they are our property. If the same amount that put in the fall isnt there in spring, customer gets a bill for the ones that are missing.
  11. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I was thinking of switching over to wood stakes since my current rebar stakes are free as posted above but if I was to switch over to wood that could be a tax benifit.

    I'll weigh my options later on in the fall.

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    Think of it this way. If you are backing up and you accidently hit a wood stake it will break off and not damage the truck as apposed to the steel one. Thats one way I look at it. Just my 2 cents.

  13. apik1

    apik1 Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Driveway markers? are thoes the things that stick out of all my snow piles? Use wood car doors don't like the metal ones, and when you do hit them with the plow they will not mess up black top if they get caught under the blade.
  14. Martinson9

    Martinson9 Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    The rebar might be free, but repairing your paint job isn't if you sideswipe one. One of my customers put one up and I sidewswiped it and it left a nice mark on my molding around my wheel well.
  15. the_machine

    the_machine Junior Member
    Messages: 4


    if there is any localthat holds salvage lards there might be steel poles that holds plastic fences work great
  16. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    I use steel electric fence posts they are round rebar with a metal piece welded at the botom. On the top I put a plastic bar guard. the bar guards I use are bright green. Works well for me. I place the stakes about a foot off the driveway so I have never hit one with the truck or plow.
  17. Green Feet

    Green Feet Member
    Messages: 44

    I ordered 1/2" X 48" Fiberglass stakes from Angelo's. I got them in 2 days. Will be putting them in Monday. .50 each up to 100. 100 or more for .45 each.
  18. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    I always get the fiberglass ones from angelos, they are cheap whichis great. I would NEVER buy the ones with reflective tape, they will get stolen VERY quick. I just get the 48" orange fiberglass ones, that way if someone takes them im only out a couple cents or dollars at the most.
  19. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Once I made my markers... my time is not free now I buy them.

    I ran into a re-bar marker I did not know was there ( I picked up a driveway mid season and it was buried) it went through my fender ( I'm glad it wasn't my floor and leg or the radiator).

    If I need to push snow someplace, I can push it over the fiberglass poles, they spring back up!
  20. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Ive always used the 48" Fiberglass ones. I feel as though they are the easiest on the trucks if you were to knick one, and they always bounce back where as wood and rebar wont. They are $2 a piece at the local Home Depot. I buy them from the midwest for a little less than that. I also charge to install them. I drill them into the ground and they dont come out all year long. They are very flexible. To each their own though. Whatever works best for you, the plow guy.