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Shoes Or No Shoes

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ptllandscapeIL, Jan 26, 2004.

  1. ptllandscapeIL

    ptllandscapeIL Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    alot of my friends on there western plows take off the shoes because they feel it cleans better. I fell personialty that u jsut have to keep ur blade sharpend and even all responed and input would be great
  2. roblandscape

    roblandscape Senior Member
    from Phila
    Messages: 185

    No shoes for me, I just replace the 50$ cutting edge when needed, I feel the shoes are no good for me.
  3. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    Spell check:nod:
    No shoes.:nono:
  4. plowman777

    plowman777 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    only tryed them my first year and found no use. even on gravel just a pain...no shoooos.purplebou
  5. Manx

    Manx Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    Around here,
    People that run the shoe's are very green, or plow gravel
    You get a much better scrape with out the the shoe's

    Cutting edges are cheap
  6. ClintSinger

    ClintSinger Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    It depends on what type of snow and what type of base that you are plowing, we find that we use the shoes on driveways that are either not paved and not frozen yet or if the customer has cobblestones or pavers they request that we use the shoes.
    we also find that if the shoes are adjusted properly a good scrape can be obtained, we sometimes take the shoes off altogether to really scrape down to base material.
    although we don't consider our experience to be excessive, this will be our 14th year plowing and everyone has their own preferences, use what ever works good for the vehicle,plow and weather conditions in your area.
  7. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    No brainer

    No shoes
  8. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    no shoes they leave holidays when snowplowing i took them of all plow there good for paper weights
  9. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    no shoes on mine or any of the other 4 trucks at work.:D :D even in gravel, shoes didnt seem to help much. I would just drive over the snow and compact it down real good. Then i dont have to worry about the plow catching.
  10. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

    Hey we call those "training wheels" in the plowing industry, trust me you won't need them..

    my .02 cents worth
  11. ptllandscapeIL

    ptllandscapeIL Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    the customer has cobblestones or paver's they request that we use the shoes.

    I took mine off for me at the beginning of the season,clintsinger you guys plow pavers? I took a unilock class and they say only to shovel or snow blow the paver's thats what i have my crew do,i have 6 pavers drives a marble,and 3 stamped concrete drives
  12. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    It seems as if the general consensus is that no one has their shoes on so the plow blade gets as close to the surface as possible. I leave mine on but they can be adjusted so they do not "touch" the ground (simply adjust the washers). That way when/if I do any stone drives I can lower the shoes down and still attempt to use the float feature. Does anyone else do this?
  13. CamLand

    CamLand Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    used shoes my first year and ever since i've gone shoeless...
  14. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    None here either. On gravel I just lift the plow up a bit.

    -John :cool:
  15. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    with that cobblestone drive i would be careful. Alot have said to not use shoes, but on that particular drive i would, less liability if there is damage in the spring. Just find the right height for the shoes to be. I bet those driveways cost a pretty penny.:D :D most likely they asked for you to use shoes for a reason. Might not be a good reason but still, they are to ones paying for your service.
  16. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    thats one way to store the shoes(with all the washers keeping em off the ground) but you run a slight risk of catching one and tearing up your blade. Have heard of it happening but not seen it personaly. no shoes for me
  17. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    DJL. I do as you do.
    Prior to this year, I was doing mostly commercial (subbing out). Now it's residential. I have the same blade on since 92. Coworkers not using shoes replaced theirs a couple times at least. The little snow left behind on the commercials wasn't an issue, because they got salted. With residentials, people ask about scratching their new sealcoat and concrete so I've left them on but have it at about level to the wear bar. I'll be experimenting this year. Took them off last night to plow an ice rink at the park, that was fun. I've always felt it cleaned fine with them on.
  18. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Darn, I guess I am still in training after 27 years of plowing.
  19. REED384

    REED384 Senior Member
    Messages: 21

  20. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Call be bare foot!!!! And a set of shows are as much as a cutting edge, and alot harder to loose...Rob