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Plow Skid Shoes! Use Them or Not!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Snow Picasso, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    What do you guys think? I've been running my plows without The skid shoes forever! Do they actually help prevent the wear on your cutting edge or do they just get in the way? :mechanic:
  2. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Try a search. As for myself and about 98% of the guys here they will say no shoes.
  3. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I use the shoes from all of my plows as door stops, they work very well for that, lol.
  4. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 862

    I used them once as a hammer
  5. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    If they are new they make good paper weights. But other wise used ones leave rust rings. Food for thought
  6. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    This is funny because that's exactly what I've been using them for too! lol
  7. BuffaloJoe

    BuffaloJoe Member
    Messages: 51

    The only reason to use shoes is if your plowing a stone driveway that does not have a good frozen base. The first time I plowed my stone driveway I plowed with my shoes then after that I dont need them anymore.:waving:

    RIVERVIEW7 Member
    Messages: 56

    i have used to the shoes as a hammer when my starter went
  9. stonewellmark

    stonewellmark Member
    Messages: 41

    Boat anchor is all they are good for, when the ground is frozen: useless, when there is no frost they ride right in the tire ruts developed from compaction of the drive.
  10. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

    I leave them on the plow, only to protect the moldboard when the edge gets down to nada. Set all the way "up"
  11. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    takeing off my plows shoes was the smartest thing iv ever done:nod:
  12. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I have about 10 sets of shoes sitting around here. I don't and won't use them.
  13. GMCHD plower

    GMCHD plower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,831

    Personally i have a dirt/gravel driveway and never have used them. If need be just bump up the plow alittle.
  14. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Never have and never will use them. Thought about making a christmas ornament or something out of them, lol
  15. BJH Snow

    BJH Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    I use them only on gravel the 1st or 2nd snow fall. My dad hates it when I plow all the gravel into the yard. I also use them when I plow on a lake for an ice fishing contest. It keeps my blade from digging into the ice and tripping over the bumps in the ice. Other than that, I use them for additional balast in the back end of my truck.
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Real men don't wear shoes.
  17. BGompers

    BGompers Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Plowing with the shoes really makes it easy to plow gravel? I will have to try this. I have a gravel driveway, and I always cringe when i have to plow it. As for the shoes or no shoes, I dont even know what i did with mine.
  18. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    I lost mine but I wish I hadnt I have a customer with a gravel drive and never look forward to doing it.
  19. Freebird

    Freebird Member
    Messages: 41

    I always wore shoes when I plowed, but my feet tend to get cold pretty easily otherwise. The other kind I think they call them can stompers, so when my soda can was empty i could flatten it to save space.
  20. MahonLawnCare

    MahonLawnCare Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 852

    if you use shoes on a plow you mine as well use a dirty rotten V blade!