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Shoes On or Off?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by CK82, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. CK82

    CK82 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    I have been leaving a hard 1/4inch hard pack where the sidewalk crosses the driveway and at the end. From what I've read and heard I should remove the shoes completely, right now they are raised as far as possible. The plow edge catches on certain raised cracks and suck anyways so I think they should go and I only plow a small section with gravel that I can raise the plow an inch. So what do you guys think?

  2. PremierLand

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

    I plowed two storms with shoes. Im taking the sneakers off next storm to see how it goes. I only have one lot that im leary about taking them off for, only because the lot is cracked to heck!
  3. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Take them off and throw them in the scrap metal bin at the dump. :drinkup:
  4. Richard Slayton

    Richard Slayton Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I have never plowed with any shoes on. I like a nice clean lot and it just seems to leave to much with them.
  5. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I plow barefoot all the time. The only time you need shoes is when doing gravel roads and gravel driveways.
  6. SnoFarmer

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

    Don't your feet get cold?:waving:
  7. Tscape

    Tscape Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    The plow was designed to have the shoes on. The weight on your plow edge is exponentially dropped by moving that fulcrum forward. Without them, you will go through 1-2 plow edges a season depending on your work load.
  8. SnoFarmer

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

    I hope so....:nod: That means I made BOOKOOOpayup.
    The shoes are for loose gravel My customers pay for snow removal.
    If you leave some snow behind it looks sloppy and the potential for a slip and fall are greatly increased if you use the shoes and leave an 1/4 inch of snow behind. I can afford a lot of cutting edges compared to a law suite.
  9. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    i have started to use my shoes again becuase i am tired of bying new ecutting edges i now start my shoes off one washer hire than the edge and let the edge wear in to the shoe it works pretty well
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Dump the shoes if your hitting cracks try plowing the other way.