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Paver Driveways

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by natimp, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. natimp

    natimp Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    This is my 1st year plowing. I am mainly cleaning resid'l driveways. I am curious on how much damage a plow can have on a paver driveway. Is it nessessary to install the rubber sleeve on the plow for these driveways. Or could I raise the plow to take the weight off. I dont have any of these driveways but I am curious if I do get them will I be buying a new driveway for them. Also, what if you have to back drag it. Any other kind of effect? Thanks.
  2. PLM-1

    PLM-1 Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    It sort of depends on the age of the paver drive. A newer one will peel up easier because it isn't as compacted and locked together as an older one would be. Just run shoes and you will be fine. I just treat them like a gravel drive. Just make sure you tell the customer that you can't scrape it as well as you could a concrete drive.
  3. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I won't do paver drives........there are not that many of them around here, so to pass on them is no big deal.....

  4. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    You can scatch them if it is a new driveway and they might get pissed. I plow 5 or 6 of them I plow them the same as a paved driveway. Plow right on the cutting edge no shoes.
  5. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    They won't peel unless they not installed properly. Pavers are very durable they can use them in roadways that are subjected to heavy truck traffic.
  6. drplow

    drplow Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    make sure you have something in your contract that your not responsible for the surface or movement of paver's. it could be a shoddy job and by the end of the season, they could get shifted or scraped up. take a heavy truck and drive on the edges of the driveway when the ground is soft. if they move any, then beware.
  7. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Yeah, I`d talk to the custormer in advance, then have them sign.
  8. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    i actually do a bank that is all paver brick's < very fun lot to clear >
    all i do is keep the blade at an angle and there is no problem's.
    i would never touch a drive way with paver brick's though. to dangerious, not worth the head ache if something doe's happen.
  9. addicted

    addicted Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    if you are really worried, get a rubber edge. I made one from the tread of an old tire. Great all around as long as the snow isn't compacted.
  10. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    My main business is Landscape Construction and I am a Unilock Authorized Contractor as well. As long as they were installed even half-way decent you shouldn't have any issues. I used to plow the local Unilock(the co. that makes pavers) facility and their entire facility was paved with their product and we never had any issues. The install job wasn't even that great(poor grading& machine laid pavers) and still no problems even plowing with large trucks and also using Bobcat & Backhoe. The entrance to my shop is done in pavers, we did the job late last fall and plowed it all year again with various pieces of trucks & equip. No shoes or anything special is needed.

    As was said, just inform the customer that you can't be held responsible for damages due to improper installation and that due to the nature of plowing it may cause some surface blemishes. Most people seem to prefer the "weathered & distressed" style of pavers, if it is one of those it won't show any signs.
  11. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    I haven't heard of machine laid, whats the deal there? (The who what and how)
  12. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    im curious too, that sounds very interesting.
  13. natimp

    natimp Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks for all the advice. Sinking wasnt my 1st thought of damage to the driveways. How about scratching the surface of the driveway with the plow? Ever have that type of problem?
  14. Fastech

    Fastech Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Plowed a paver driveway for years and never had a problem. I did warn the customer ahead of time about the possibility of peeling part of it up and she signed a waiver releasing me of any damage. Just take your time and you should be okay.
  15. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I have a customer who had a large paver driveway installed. The installer informed the owner that the driveway had to be backbladed. I have tried this and is is usually not effective or worse. 1-2 " of dry snow is ok but forget about it if the snow is wet. I had a polyurethane edge on one truck which was great 60% of the time. Under wet or even mildly compacted situations, (one set of car tracks) it would not clean well.

    I am proposing to do the drive slowly at an angle. Any other ideas?
  16. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Plow it like it was asphalt. We do regularly with no problems!
  17. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    They use them on large scale projects. The basicly pick up layers off of the cubes that they are shipped in and set them right in place.

  18. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    Wow thats neat. What is a machine like that called?
  19. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Any paver driveways we would plow would have a U-edge on the plow for safety. Not worth scratching one IMO.
  20. IMoLwnz.com

    IMoLwnz.com Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I got a poly edge for my plow and I had liked it. It was quiet and was very forgiving with grass. This year I decided to take it off I was having to many problems with driven down snow and when backdragging so I put the metal edge back on. I have a blizzard 760 and the edge is in good shape if anyone is interested.