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Should I use Skid Plates with plate?

Discussion in 'Snow Management Safety & Training' started by tsafa, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. tsafa

    tsafa Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Hi all. I just got new plow blade. It came with adjustable skid plates. I see a lot of people don't even use them.

    Right now I have them set so that the blade is half and inch off the ground. Someone told me to take them off.

    Opinions? Thanks
  2. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Well they are called skid shoes If you cleaning pavement you don't want them on
  3. tsafa

    tsafa Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Ok.... should I put them on if plowing over gravel... or not bother?
  4. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Yes need them on gravel
    You can run them on pavement to help slow wear down on the cutting edge But once you wear out the edge the shoes will have to be replace So extra cost each time
  5. SnoFarmer

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

    I only use them on unfrozen gravel, once it's frozen and plowed a couple of times you really don't need your shoes.
  6. tsafa

    tsafa Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    Thanks of the good advice everyone.
  7. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Even on gravel they're not really necessary, just lift the blade slightly.
  8. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    We only use them on thawed gravel roads, we never use em on asphalt and once the gravel is frozen solid, there is really no reason to use them.