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One foot or two feet plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Just seeing what everybody else does, I always drive with two feet same with plowing seems like a lot of trouble moving your right foot back and forth.
  2. killed300ex

    killed300ex Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I use both on for clutch other for brake and gas
  3. Kevin003

    Kevin003 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    I thought this was gonna be one of those what do you plow with? auto or manual
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If you plow with an auto do you use 1foot or 2 feet .:)
  5. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I use both. I'm always ready to slam them on if I have to.
  6. pools&plowingct

    pools&plowingct Member
    Messages: 73

    one foot normally but if i have been going for a long time and my knee hurts i do 2 but i try not to
  7. William B.

    William B. Senior Member
    from S.E. IA
    Messages: 979

    Almost always with 1 foot. When I was younger we went to a science museum where they had a setup to see your reaction time going 1 ft verses 2 ft. The one foot method was actually quicker.

  8. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    When I took my driving test years ago. If you used your left foot for the brake the inspectr would fail you, because if you had to stop quick your right foot could be still accellorating the fuel.
  9. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,160

    I think they still fail people for that in Illinois.

    Honestly, I don't think I could drive an auto with 2 feet just feels too awkward. But I do know after about 16 hrs of plowing my right leg does get sore.
  10. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    I always drive with two feet, ever since I started drag racing I use two feet exclusivly. It just feels natural now.
  11. wddodge

    wddodge Member
    Messages: 64

    Plowing two footed is probably the biggest reasons for auto trans failures when plowing. You have to be sure your right foot is completely off the gas before shifting to D or R. It only takes just a few rpms to make the trans realy clunk into gear. Do that for a few hours and a transmission shop will have their next boat payment covered

  12. oarwhat

    oarwhat Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I use two feet. Had to use 1 foot for drivers ed and road test. My first vehicle was a 1953 willy's cj3a i got used to driving with 2 feet with the clutch and never changed.
  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Since I'm attached to both of them, I plow with 2 feet. :D

    I only use one on the pedals though.
  14. Chevytruck85

    Chevytruck85 Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    two feet, better contorl
  15. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Reading the title I was thinking plow feet- thinking "why on earth would you use only one foot on the blade...?''

    Depends, most of the time 1 foot, as normal but sometimes 2 feet in the auto (always 2 feet in the standard, but you knew that already).

    If the truck starts acting up (doesn;t like to idle sometimes) I 'll 2 foot it, or if I'm semi-stuck sometimes 2 feet give me poor man's traction control, but that's unusual.
  16. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Always one foot, and in Illinois they will fail you for using two feet......:confused:
  17. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I use two feet plowing w/ auto. I always watch the tach. and let truck idle down before shifting. My other non-plow truck is stick and I have no problem going back and forth. The driver's license inspector doesn't ride shotgun when I'm plowing!:rolleyes:
  18. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I think you are correct. I tried both ways this winter, and it was actually faster and safer using 1 foot. I don't drive stick yet, but I save the other foot for that just in case. My coordination is bad using 2 feet with an auto. I was still on the gas when i hit the brakes sometimes.
  19. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    One thing I hate is a driver that uses two feet and triggers the break light over and over while just pulling his foot up on the gas the left foot is slightly pressing on the brake.

    I want to smash in his or hers rear bumper! lol

    Just kidding, but I do like to swear at them...
  20. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    One foot here. But I should really try the two foot thing, I'm tired of my right leg feeling like it weighs a ton after plowing all night. I'm just learning how to walk and chew gum though,lol.