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Man hole covers and the like

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Banksy, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I wacked plenty of man hole covers yesterday and I hate how the truck pauses and the blade jumps in the air.

    Do the full blade trip plows handle these better? Obviously mines a trip edge.
  2. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    im not sure, are you plowing parking lots? streets? how fast are you going? most of the time slowing down helps. i did get one tip from a guy on here to back drag of the area at a gas station were the filling caps are...actully works really well the plow rides over the caps
  3. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i hit a couple sewers and they suck, gotta plow the lots some how. i tried slowing down and it didnt help now i know were most of them are and shovel around them before plowing. takes a littlemore time but save the truck and plow!

    elite whats the trick to back dragging them?
  4. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Trip edges do react more violently than full trip. That being said, you'll learn quick where the imperfections are.

    I'd still rather have a trip edge though. They don't fold as readily when your trying to carry large amounts of snow, or while doing roads.
  5. 496 BB

    496 BB Senior Member
    Messages: 789

    Yea full trip IMO is better for those. It sure as hell wakes your azz up though when you snag one!

    On gas stations you can do it either way. I go forward and do it....most have a tapered edge so you can ride up it and not clip the cap. Dont go balls out when doing it and you will be fine.
  6. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    if you have a general idea on where the lids or covers are..before you plow anything else, go over to that area, and slowly back drag and pull the snow over the top of them.. because of the angle of the plow it will ride up and over the covers easier...once you clear over them and you can see them...then plow around them
  7. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Unless you have a hinged back drag blade like me, which might complicate this technique.
  8. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I was sent to a shopping mall yesterday for the first time and I had to learn the hard way where the hazards were. After I found them, I slowed down for them. The fastest I hit one may have been 15 mph at most. I hate hitting those things. It feels like the truck is going to break in half.

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    I was always told and read that a trip edge barely moves except for the "trip" when going over objects?

    Now some of you are saying it almost stops the truck and is a violent bang?
  10. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    There's a mili-second pause and violent bang. It scares me everytime.
  11. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Roads I can't comment on, but they don't really trip in heavy snow either, unless you are doing something stupid.
  12. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    Actually I have more of a fetish for hitting fences with trees when I cut them down!
    Still haven't hit a drain cover.
  13. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I launched one last week off of a sanitary sewer that backed up and pushed the lid up a couple of inches. Wasn't pleasant, and got a nice big splash of black when I reset it. Took the asphalt out around it too. I'd hate to be one to deal w/ that rebuild.
  14. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Roads are not a problem either.

    Trip edges do save transmissions though.
  15. 09dieselguy

    09dieselguy Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    id say invest in a boss v plow and not worry about it. i hardly trip my plow over and when i do its not like it is going to hurt me or the truck. it just lays down a little on some big long pushs in a gravel ups yard that i have.
  16. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I think my next plow will be a Boss-V, but I don't have a second truck. I'd like to buy something this spring for cheap and work on it all summer.

    I have come to hate plowing in my truck, but I still love the truck itself.. I need an automatic and a regular cab.
  17. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    The sewer lid that I moved was w/ a Boss vxt...
  18. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    invest in a rubber cutting edge they have saved my kidneys for 7 years now :redbounce:redbounce
  19. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Most of my years plowing was with Westerns. After we got the medium duties, they had MC Fisher 10'. Once in a while when doing roads with heavy ice pack, they would trip, and you'd have to slow way down for it to reset. Not a huge issue, as the Westerns just folded over, and there wasn't much you could do to prevent it.

    But then again, I was only the lead driver for a production based company. I always rode the ragged edge of getting **** done, and breaking ****. I've never smoked a trans, or had an insurance claim in 13 years.
  20. dodge15004x45.9

    dodge15004x45.9 Senior Member
    from malvern
    Messages: 361

    Care to explain how they "save" transmissions? Either way the shock goes threw the truck just as hard.