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Plow Shoes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by john r, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 256

    Should we use them on our plows? What is the theory behind them?
  2. PlowMan03

    PlowMan03 Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 482

    They make good small boat anchors lol. Never used them and haven't had any problems
  3. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    The only purpose I see for them is on gravel or loose surfaces. Keeps the blade from digging in. Aside from that I think they are useless.
  4. oarwhat

    oarwhat Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I disagree! If I didn't use shoes I'd go through three or four times as many cutting edges.
  5. Snow tracker

    Snow tracker Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    That's what I always say
  6. Snow tracker

    Snow tracker Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    That's the price you pay for scraping blacktop clean
  7. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    most of my accounts are gravel driveways I use them all the time.
  8. k1768

    k1768 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 556

    +1 for gravel. Also I had development that didn't have top coat, so all the manhole covers sat high, so I ran with shoes there too.
  9. Robinson_Cnst

    Robinson_Cnst Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    Cutting edges are cheaper than excess salt. We have one guy who runs shoes so he gets the gravel lots.
  10. oarwhat

    oarwhat Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    You guys must not plow much I'd blow through a cutting edge every 5-6 storms without shoes.
  11. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,914

    100" of snow last year.... 1 set of cutting edges for my XLS for the season..............No Shoes.....Shoes are made for walking....Not plowing...:drinkup:
  12. northernsweeper

    northernsweeper Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    What He said! If you are doing gravel they are good. For blacktop they make good doorstops or canoe anchors. New edges are good for at least the season.
  13. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,674

    No shoes here, don't even own a set for my Fisher. I plow very little gravel and the ones I do I just raise the plow a touch.
  14. oarwhat

    oarwhat Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    To each there own.
  15. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    They do take a lot of stress off the transmission, I hear.
  16. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,415

    You're supposed to pick the plow up when you're driving between accounts. :laughing:
  17. slowpoke14

    slowpoke14 Junior Member
    from canada
    Messages: 5

    We use them on gravel/dirt until it freezes, then they come off. I have one pickup truck that does about 5 miles of roads and enough plowing to wear through a set of tires nearly every year, still it only wears out an edge every other year.
  18. Defcon 5

    Defcon 5 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,914

    Only if used in conjunction with a chain lift plow..............:drinkup:

    I was thinking the same thing........:laughing:
  19. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I use the shoes and adjust them so the blade sits about 1/4" above the surface.
  20. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I take mine off as soon ad I get a plow and throw them into the scrap pile.