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Plowing W/ No Shoes

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by TurfSolutionsMN, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    This is my first year plowing commercially and everyone I have wants it down to "bare Pavement". Would it ok running with no shoes? Also a few accounts have freshly sealed lots, will that scratch that all up. Also what are the cons of running with no shoes?
  2. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    I don't use shoes on lots. The only time I would use shoes is on gravel where there is a chance of digging in.
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    I don't even know where the shoes for my plow are at. The only time I could see them being used is on gravel that hasn't froze yet.
  4. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I only use shoes to keep my feet warm and dry.
  5. Daner

    Daner PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,187

    Even with shoes on you can dig Into the gravel...Learn to plow with no shoes
  6. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    No shoes.......only on the feet like JDiepstra said.
  7. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    Thanks Everyone for your help!!! I cant count how many times this site as helped me out.
  8. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    Will running no shoes leave marks on freshly sealed pavement or do you plow any differently?
  9. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    i dont even know where my snow shoes are....i have never run shoes on my plow.
  10. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    Take them off and forget about it. They make great paper weights!:waving:
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Seal coat is a consumable.
    It wears off from traffic plowing and oxidation.

    One reason a business choices to seal there lot is to keep water from entering the asphalt. Another reason it binds the finer sand to minimize the effects of traffic and plowing.

    My lots do not want me to use mush salt at all.
    They all want to see asphalt.
    So take off the shoes and slide on the bunny slippers

    ;)If you offer seal-coating to your customers it is a win win.

    I only use shoes in unfrozen drives. Some times I don't even put them back on (I'm Lazy) I just lift the plow a little.
  12. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    shoes we dont need no stinkin shoes. i have no idea where mine are and i even plow gravel i dont think those would even help.
  13. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    Plows have feet? My plow must have been wounded in a war and had to have them amputated!:D
  14. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    cons to not using shoes.
    Easier to damage the surface your plowing on.
    cutting edge wears down qucker.

    cons to using shoes.

    added weight to front of truck (little bit)
    have to keep adjusting them to keep them even with blade.
    does not scrape as clean as without shoes unless your running the shoes higher than the cutting edge.

    i keep the shoes on in case i need them but run them just above the cutting edge. keeps me from digging in hard and tripping the blade as easy on uneven surfaces and they are always there if i need to lower them for gravel..
  15. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Shoes belong in the closet. If you salt you will be using more salt and that compared to buying a new cutting edge is peanuts. I keep a plow an average of 4 years and have never replaced a cutting edge yet.

    If you get paid by the pound to salt then that is a different story but we are on contract.
  16. Redneck

    Redneck Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    No Shoes here
  17. Farm Boss

    Farm Boss Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    No shoes. Shoes dig in soft ground anyhow from my experience. Haven't had any better luck plowing soft ground with shoes on. Plowing a parking lot no way I'd run shoes...perfect clean up without them. Won't have any build-up of snow/ice after a few plows!
  18. bharry20

    bharry20 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    no shoes here also. my plow didn't even come with any( bought it used). my solution to gravel drives is the first plow of the season i just back blade them as much as possible to create a base.
  19. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    Same here no shoes just back drag the graval drives until it freezes .
  20. TurfSolutionsMN

    TurfSolutionsMN Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 302

    Thanks for all of your help, I will run with no shoes and backdrag or use my skid loader on gravel lots til it freezes.