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Legal blade width when driving in NY?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by badabing1512, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Whats the legal blade width of a plow when driving down the street in NY, I thought it was 9 feet but now im hearing 8.6 feet, just wondering of someone could clear this up for me. Looking at getting a 8.2 with wings but if thats illegal ill just get wings for the 9.2 and use them on larger lots.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2010
  2. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    anyone know?
  3. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    its 8' 6" in Maine... the 9'2" should be under the 8'6" when in v mode so you should be ok with that
  4. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    8'-6" We got an over width ticket a couple years back with a 8'6" Vplow with Prowings on, he measured it, its not the width of plow but "road width" if you will. If I recall we were like 9'-2" or about. I think he was trying to get us for overweight, the truck was a 2500HD, with a 1 3/4 yard salter in it & plow on. His problem was....salter was empty. The ticket was $ 250, that was an expensive tank of gas, my brother left a site because fuel light had kicked on & was going less than 1/4 mile to fuel up, then returning to site to finish.
  5. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    8'6'' as long as the lane is 10' or wider.I've been running a Boss 9-2 V blade for about 12 years now in my area-never a concern or problem.A few years ago the DOT was harassing drivers for some V plows saying that they are illegal in width because if a driver was to open it up in transit,it would be wider than allowed.Somebody challenged that stupidity with saying that if someone opened up their doors while driving,then that too would be greater than 8'6''.
  6. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    8'6" "transport width" is the max, be it a plow, load on a trailer, whatever. Anything wider needs oversize permits, markings and flags. So if you"re running a blade bigger than that, keep it at full angle or vee during transport and you're good to go.
  7. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    sounds good so it looks like im not going to go with the 8.2 with wings as that would be too big even in the v
  8. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    I swear man, you have a target on your head:D

    so when I drove the backhoe with the 14' box on it a 1/4 mile down the road to get some gas I got lucky :)
  9. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    Thats got pulll me over written all over it. LOL
  10. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    That's about as bad as my friend who drove about 10 miles from the auction to his boss's yard with an old 988 Cat loader with no lights,unescorted,12' wide spade bucket.He was just clearing the bottom of traffic lights.
  11. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    We drive our loader all over with the 14' pusher on it, I REALLY do need to get the for permit this season, the kicker is the permit is $ 250....so is the fine, so either way its $ 250.:dizzy: Since we started doing work for the schools & our loader right by DPW on a main road the town cops havn't said anything, I'm sure they would like to explain why 3 schools couldn't open. We should have some county work coming in so hopefully that will take care of the sheriffs or they could always explain why the treatment plant couldn't open.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2010
  12. HALH VT

    HALH VT Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 128

    A long time ago, I had a 16 foot pine log chained across the bucket on my Farm tractor. I was only going about half a mile with it. I met a county deputy, couldn't stop, power pole close to the road so I couldn't pull over, I raised the bucket, he dodged under the end of the log and kept going. I expected him to turn around and come after me, but I guess he had more important things to do, like change his shorts.
  13. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    now you've got the ticket :cool: er, the right idea. its all about who you know.
  14. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    naw, he just assumed it was another wooden covered bridge VT is famous for :nod:
  15. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Yeah, but the fine is $250 each time.
  16. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    But in 15 years ww've gotten 1 fine, permits would' ve cost us WAAY more figre 2 permits per year x15 years.
  17. vinces designs

    vinces designs Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Actually read the laws concerning this most troopers or city cops dont have a clue and basae everything off of hearsay. You should be able to find something for plow trucks with wings allowed to be larger than plows and print this out and carry it with you. BE POLITE when you show it too the officer and just smile.:waving:
  18. bluefishbob

    bluefishbob Junior Member
    from erie pa
    Messages: 13


    We just purchased a deere 310d hoe and a 12' box. when we registered it we were told snow equipment was exempt from most regulations. Considered snow emergency equipment. Can be on the road and legal. Butttt that was only a notary. We have 1 8' boss with wings 1 7'6" boss with wings and 1 8' fisher with wings never had a problem
  19. mrsnowman

    mrsnowman Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    I believe that the legal limit is 8'6" for roadways, but we run up to twelve footers with hazards on. We have never had a problem. Most police officers know that we are there to do a service for the community, but there are a few with a point to prove. We actually don't run anything under 9'5" wide. I can't imagine having my guys take wings on and off for each stop. What a giant waste of time.
  20. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    The only law enforcement by me on this subject in NY is DOT and I have never seen them out during a storm. They truly are fair weather boys.Afterwards,yes,but not during.Like someone else said,most cops don't care or have a clue as to trucking rules.Again though,max. width in NY is 8'6'' as long as the lane is at least 10' wide before you need an over width permit.