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Shoes or no Shoes??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Bevo916, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Bevo916

    Bevo916 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Just curious, do you folks use shoes on your plow or not ? IF you do use them, how do you set them up? I know it plows better when you don't have shoes but is this the best set up ?

  2. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    In my expirience, shoes are only nessesary when plowing gravel or very un-even pavement. If I am in a situation where I have to put the shoes down, I try to keep them as high as possible thus keeping the blade as close to the surface as possible while still avoiding damage.
  3. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    search the site- this has been covered more times than ANY other topic.
  4. Gusco

    Gusco Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I keep my shoes raised. I only ever use them when i run into a freshly graveled drive. Other than that i push it all. In my contract it states im not responsible for gravel or stone that is pushed into the grass or otherwised displaced. Most people say go ahead and push it. I dont have time to readjust shoes every other drive. Unless it is new and not packed good enough yet i keep em up. They should make automatic shoes that can be adjusted. Dammit i gave away another million dollar idea.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2005
  5. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    Just charge them in spring to regrade stone driveway.
  6. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Shoes on!! If they are set right, slightly higher than the edge so that they wear down into them there is no difference in performance and it helps the cutting edges to last longer.
  7. SnoFarmer

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

    I think it's a tie with.
    I have a 1/2 ton can I use a 8.5 plow and do commercial lots I mean really it's the same as a 3/4 ton isn't??:jester:

    No shoes, skids, runners, just bear foot! lol
  8. vipereng2

    vipereng2 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    going bear foot your toes will get cold
  9. PremierLand

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

    I think every week someone starts a new thread on "shoes or no shoes"... And personally, I wear boots with foot warmers.
  10. yooper.mi

    yooper.mi Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    I'm on dirt so shoes are on beginning of season 1" below edge .Now with a 100" of snow they are even with the edge , at 150" they are a 1" above the edge.
    On uneven ground there is a difference with shoes on or off, on the crest of a large bump as the edge clears crest it leaves a little each tim If plowed the same way each time the mat builds up just over the crest.
    Also stacking snow at the end of a push, shoe will help the the plow float up not always a good thing.
    Most of you guys are lucky plowing all paved places.

    Happy Holidays

    100" snow 20"+ on the ground
  11. frostservices

    frostservices Member
    Messages: 63

    no shoes and I plow mostly on gravel or dirt. Most people wanna see gravel after you plow not snow! I guess if I wanted something to hold the plow up I would make wheels for mine that were big enuff to hold up the plow on unfrozen ground .thats the only time I have probs first snow and last snow I suppose you guys in the south have more thawed ground though. But the little shoe's they put on the plows are not adequate to hold plow up on unfrozen ground just puts a couple nice ruts in it to.
  12. yooper.mi

    yooper.mi Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    Because of Lake Superior all ground under snow is wet and unfozen.The area most be kept plowed,uncovered, till it freezes.Up here I just got a 2" mat on my 1000" driveway(happy). My first plow was Nov 16, any where there is snow here the ground is not frozen and stays that way all winter. It sure would be great to have frozen ground then get snow.
    Loggers up here are plowing several times a day 7 days a week trying to freeze roads and then plowing to keep them froze.

    100" snow 20"+ on the ground
    Happy Holidays
  13. fordaholic72

    fordaholic72 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I'm new here, but just wanted to give my two cents. I use a pipe on my plow until there is a good frozen base, so I am not pushing sod and gravel. The pipe works pretty good. I plow very little pavement. All but one of my clients is completely dirt and gravel. I have only had one complaint about gravel in the grass. I had not seen any references to anyone using a pipe, so I thought I would offer my experience with it.

    MOW ME OVER Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    Ford that is something that I never would have thought to use when not plowing pavement.

    I keep the shoes on just in case I need them but never use them
  15. ECS

    ECS Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Shoes all the time for me. I have drives that are dirt, gravel, concrete and blacktop. I run shoes on my plow all the time.
  16. fordaholic72

    fordaholic72 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    If anyone wants pictures of the pipe setup on my plow I can figure out how to post pictures of it or email directly. Post here or email at fordaholic72@i2k.com for pictures.
  17. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I have 2+ miles of gravel driveways at my house. If it is wet or rutty the shoes go on. The make a huge difference. Hardly need the trip endge. To rattling to anything, they just slide right over everything. If the ground is level and frozen, the shoes come off.:waving:

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    No shoes unless stone
  19. JTW

    JTW Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Shoes? If it gets any warmer I will be wearing flip flops. :dizzy: