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First time doing roads... Holy trip edge!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ChevKid03, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Well, we ended up getting a bit more than expected this storm and I was contacted by a friend of my brother who plows for the town of Bellingham. Well, long story short, he needed a second truck as they guy who was supposed to help him was a no show. Understand now that I do driveways only but hey, I wanted the experience. Anyway, I can see now the reason these things (X-blade) have trip edges... I hit a few man-hole covers with the truck and couldn't believe the way the plow jumps... Guess it's better the plow slams around than the truck.... Hope I get another call. I can DEFINETLY SEE why they want 9' plows on the street....
  2. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    That is why I plow streets slooooooow.
  3. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    truck never went over 10mph.
  4. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    There are a few around here that make you wonder if you still have all your teeth. It a sure way to wake up when your tired and plowing at 2am.
  5. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    Even going slow the plow jumps 3 feet in the air...... wakes you up real quick though
  6. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    my buddy used to plow for Dedham (mass) with a 9' Fisher, and he ended up going with a Rubber Cutting edge to help with the tripping. It really does jolt you good!
  7. JR Snow Removal

    JR Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Next time wear a mouthguard :laughing: I did a Waste Management lot 2 years ago they never put the final layer of asphalt down so the drains, curbs ect. stuck up it was fun the first time out the guy I was plowing for didn't have the brains to mark them :realmad: The best part was I was useing my old 88 chevy and the cab mounts in the rear where non-existent, so when you hit things the blade would trip and so would the cab :nod:
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Please tell me those are not truck nutz on that Dakota.
  9. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Nope its a spreader light, the only nutz on that truck are mine on the drivers seat ;)
  10. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Haha, that's good.

    Any time I see someone with those things I say "aww, that's cute, your truck's balls are under the bumper... mine are under the hood." :laughing:
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  11. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Nice one, I like that! Truck Nutz are almost as cool as louvers.
  12. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    hehe, don't forget the neon green double bladed wipers.
  13. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Whats wrong with double bladed wipers, they look cool and are effective.

  14. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    lol, almost as bad as a local kid whos not quite right in the head having a set of pigs feet hanging off the front and rear bumpers.
  15. TommyMac

    TommyMac Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    What part of Bellingham did you plow....Did you have to come up from Taunton, that must of took forever... Mass-Highway called us in @ 6:30am & it took me 45minutes to go to Wrentham from Medway...which is normally a 12-15min. ride

  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    People think guys from Maine are hicks. You mid-western ish guys have your own very special breed of rednecks.....
  17. ChevKid03

    ChevKid03 Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    I plowed Easy St, Brion, Florence, Jame etc... First time up there. Took me 20 mins from Taunton... Wasn't too bad.
  18. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I contract with the city and plow streets. I use the truck pictured in my avatar. In my experience plowing commercial lots can be hard on the truck because of starting, stopping, turning, shifting. But doing streets is brutal on the plow. You just don't know what your plowing over. Just this week I broke a hydraulic cylinder power angle mount off the plow (that's 1/2 inch steel) bent a 1 inch diameter clevis pin and snapped a hydro cylinder rod, all in seperate incidents. :dizzy: And my plow and cylinders are municipal grade.

    As for cutting edges, rubber cannot take ice or hard pack off, so steel is more effective. A bottom trip plow, where just the cutting edge trips, works well for streets because when the plow trips, the load of snow is still carried by the moldboard which doesn't trip. On a full trip plow, the trip is certainly more violent.
  19. quigleysiding

    quigleysiding PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    I plow streets.They give us the same route, so after you get to know where all the tough spots are it"s a little better.You can slow down when you get to them. It is hard on the plow and blades.The traffic and cars suck though.
  20. TommyMac

    TommyMac Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    What time did they call you in & how many hrs did you end up getting.....You must of driving a friggin rocketship to make Bellingham in 20 minutes wesport