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paver drives

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by a palustris, Mar 15, 2003.

  1. a palustris

    a palustris Member
    Messages: 74

    How does one go about plowing a driveway which is comprised solely of cobblestone or unilock pavers? I have seen some of these around and wonder what it would take to plow them without causing damage.
  2. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    I would think that urethane edge would be the best solution. I have heard many good things about them.
  3. ProSno

    ProSno Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I agree its gotta be a u-edge
  4. Acorn

    Acorn Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    they are very tough brick. you would do more damage to asphalt than pavers
  5. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I plow them with my steel edge plows without causing any damage. Don't really see ann advantage for a u-edge. Not saying they won't work. Pavers are tougher and more durable then asphalt I have not damaged any in 5 years of plowing the drives. I remember being in Boston once and seeing a city truck plowing true cobblestone. Talk about noise, and the plow was bouncing all over. Could not really do a great job clearing, not that a U-edge would have helped.
  6. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I also use a steel edge on pavers and hae not had any problems
  7. ProSno

    ProSno Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    We install 50,000 sq. ft of pavers minimum every year. When they get plowed with a steel edge it will and does leave scrape marks on them. Especially if their sealed. Urathane cleans them nice and leaves no marks. And on cobblestone or any rough surface a u-edge definetly cleans better and wont bounce around. Just my two cents, I've seen the damage.
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    What kind of Pavers??? I have not seen any get gouged. I have seen surface scratches that disappear when the pavers are swept in the spring or when they are blown off after every mowing.

    I have seen worse scratches from kids toys.
  9. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom Member
    Messages: 82

    Pavers are pretty tough. I don't think there is a simple answer to this question. I have seen pavers scratched using our tractor, but the same driveway is not affected by our skidsteer. (the tractor just uses a back blade with no down pressure but the skidsteer has down-pressure on the bucket) The plow truck has scratched it some years and others it hasn't. Same truck same driver. We discovered all this over the last 5 or 6 years because this customer is chronically picky and complains constantly (but pays well and provides a lot of work). I think a lot may depend on snow conditions but who knows. My personal opinion is that if a driveway can't be plowed then it has know buisness existing in this climate!
  10. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I agree. I often question some of the decorative (non paver) driveways.
  11. ProSno

    ProSno Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    I use Ideal pavers, there about the best in my area. Think about it I've seen anything from pavers to concrete scraped from plowing. I plow paver area's but I keep the blade up about a quarter of an inch. What evers left burns right down with salt.
  12. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    I use u-edges on my front blades and steel on my rear blades. The steel edges do and will leave skid marks on pavers.

    I used to have u-edges on my rear plows too, but the combo. did not work well as far as scraping performance goes.

    Get a u-edge, you won't be disappointed!

    Chuck B.
  13. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    ProSno, you use salt on pavers? I thought that salt was harmful for pavers, we always use sand on pavers if we have to, or a little calcuim chloride. I would think that salt is more harmful than plowing it clean.
  14. ProSno

    ProSno Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Hey little green dude, never had a problem with salt on pavers-EVER. sometimes we use calcium but most of the time salt. Paver's are much tougher than plain concrete. We install lots of them and stand behind them with a great warranty