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Driveways- Bigger is better ?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by danno, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    What size blades are you guys running, just doing driveways ?
    I have a 7 1/2 on my Ram shortbed, but I just added Mega Scoop Wings, which bring it out to over 9 foot!

    Since I`m in CT. WITH NO SNOW,:angry: just wondering is it better ?
  2. PremierLand

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

    We'll alot of driveways here are only 8ft wide, with some streets having 20ftx30ft drives, however quite a few are either 8ftx60ft or 8ft wide with a half circle drive.

    Most guys who do the resi's around here have jeeps, or 7' 6" blades, but I have a 3/4ton and 8ft blade. It's tight at times, but thats what stakes are for :)
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Everything I do is with a 9' Fisher.
  4. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Sounds like a nice setup! With the blade angled should cut a nice path!
  5. daninline

    daninline Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I do some driveways that are in the 400 foot range and I like my 8 foot blade one up and one down.
    plus with an 8 footer it helps when I do have a tight spot to do.
  6. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    A driveway that I do is a flat wide 600 footer with a 7.5' Fisher. I love it, one swipe down to the right, one swipe up to the left, and a final clean up to the right on the way back up the driveway. Done in about 8 minutes.
  7. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    The one thing I think will benefit with a wide blade is, less trail off pushing out of the long driveways.
    With over 9 ft., twice, the most, should leave it sqeaky clean.
  8. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    driveways we have one 6'6'' 2 7'6'' and one 8' we all have at least one driveway on our list but we wouldnt go bigger the 8' to do a driveway
  9. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Highly depends on the driveway your doing; obviousley.

    Id say I could get away with a 9' plow in most of my driveways if I angled it. I do have some wide driveways where it would be nice to make one or two quick swipes with a 9' as opposed to several with a 7'6". Still there are other drives where I could not be any bigger then 7'6" and even then I need to angle fully. No concrete answer here, depends on what your doing.

    I personally tend to perfer smaller plows in driveways just because I feel like I can get the plow in closer to things with out worrying too much about what is sticking out. Less out in front of me to keep track of in tight areas. Overall I find 7'6" to be the perfect fit for my driveways. My 7' is great in some of the tight driveways though.
  10. KCB

    KCB Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    Not always, for small residential(2car wide/ 2 long) the smaller truck/plow is faster Jeeps,Rangers,Dakotas,S10 with 6.5 and 7 foot blades will plow circles around a full size truck.