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How Much Space to pile?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by dix, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. dix

    dix Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I have a long winding driveway about 250 feet. I have room to push the snow at both ends and some in the middle. I realize this is difficult to say with certainty but how much space will I need to pile the snow. We get probably 3-4 feet of straight fall snow per year. This is the first winter in this house so I dont know about drifting yet.

    Any advice?
  2. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

    Go back as far as you can.
  3. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    At the very least I would wait till the ground is frozen, raise the plow about 3 to 4 inches off the ground and push at least 1 blade width on each side of the drive. If you leave your plow a few inches it will still leave a defined driveway, but it will leave plenty of room for snow late in the season.
  4. dix

    dix Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    This is excellent advice. Very insightfull, thanks for sharing.
  5. dix

    dix Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Ill try that, I dont have a full blade width on either side of the drive as it is tree lined, but I should be able to get about half a blade for sure.
  6. Clint S

    Clint S Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I will second this. Until you live there a few years and know what to expect go back as far as you can. I live in upstate NY where we average over 200 inches a winter and I have had years where I have had piles 5 to 6 foot high after settling and 50 plus feet long on a 175 foot drive. It all depends how much and how fast and how good you are at stacking. Unless you have a tractor to stack and move snow ,go as far back and as wide as possible, better to have too much room than hire a tractor to push back your banks 1/2 way through the winter