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MVP with shoes

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by shott8283, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    do you have to use the shoes with a V plow? I know they arnt required for straight blades but I wasnt sure if they are really needed for V's or now.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Paper weight.
  3. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    New v plows come with the shoes but they are not required. Many operators replace the cutting edge but don't replace the shoes. I don't know anyone who believe they are essential; theoretically they will make your cutting edge last longer but that is debateable.
  4. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I've ran mvp's for about 6-7 years and never ran the shoes.
  5. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    ok thanks guys. im new with a V plow and was curious if since the shape changes and the weight distribution across the cutting edge changes it the shoes were mandatory.
  6. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Get some winter equipment carbon curb guards and they will extend the life of your blade greatly on your mvp. They protect ur blade edges on the end an slow down the wear on the bottom edge. $130 and they r a great investment.e
  7. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    thanks Burkart ill check them out
  8. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    The one thing you should have a look at to ensure long cutting edge life is the proper configuration. V plows MUST be configured so that the A frame is square (parallel) to the ground when in the down position. If the plow is too hight or too low it will wear out the inside and outside edges prematurely. I am not sure if you have a uni or ultra mount so I won't get into adjustment. Just have a look or better yet place a little torpedo level on the a frame with the plow down and the truck on a level floor.
  9. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    its an '05 9'6" MVP Ultra

    just from eyeballing it I believe it has to be adjusted. the points that go into the horns on the truck tend to point up when I back out .. the guy I bought the plow from had it set maxed all the way up b/c he had it on his 06 cummins which sat pretty tall. my 03 hemi plow package sits just a touch lower and when i back out of it , the plow frame section seems to want to settle slightly pointed up. ill see if i can take a pic.

    i believe if i drop one hole on the brackets it will help. but i havnt checked with a level at all.

    thanks for the tip!
  10. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    If it has been moved from one truck to another you MUST recheck the configuration. And don't forget the secondary adjustments. These bolts are on the rear end of the A frame where the pivot plates are. There are either multiple holes (in addition to the four in the config plate) or bolts in sliding wedges.