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Stacking snow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Vaughn Schultz, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Are there any tricks to stacking snow? ( making nice big mounds of snow) I have 7.5 Meyer plow if that matters.

    Thank you for your help. :nono:
  2. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    look on the bottom of the page....Rob
  3. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I've had piles of snow that were enormous. I just raise the blade as I go into the pile.
  4. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Not really hard to do... As you approach the pile at about 5-15 miles an hour, start to lift the blade. You really only have to go up with the controller for a second or so then the plow rides up the pile as you go into it. Try not to let your front wheels get too far into or up the pile, thats how you get stuck. If you need more height raise the blade more then the initial few inches as you progress into the pile. Soon you will see a bunch of white. Lift the plow all the way (if its not alredy up all the way) before you start backing up so you don't drag any snow back with you. Its all about timing and when you lift the blade, you want to try to let the plow ride up its self so you are not taxing the hydraulic system too much. You get the hang of it quick, its easy to make big piles, not easy when you get stuck though. I got very stuck with an F-250 with a V-Plow up in New Hampshire, the plow was scooped and I drove right up a 10' pile to stack even more onto it (no where else to put it) thought it was frozen solid, that was a mistake. Took 3 hours to get out of that, shoveled and finally was able to pull it out with another truck. Use your judgement and try not to get deep into piles.
  5. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    Thank you :salute:
  6. 85F150

    85F150 Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    do like my neighbor does with his cheebie and hit the pile at about 20 mph, the truck just jumps up and stacks it higher :nod:

    best way to do it is like cj said, just make a nice ramp out of it and becareful
  7. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    We don't stack snow. Wait until you hit the frozen part of the pile. Stacking snow is an extra. Stacking snow is an art, you can get stuck really fast.
  8. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    we have a guy in a bobcat and another in a bulldozer that stack the snow
  9. intlco

    intlco Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    Has anyone stacked snow with the Blizzard 810?
    I think it may be hard on that cylinder if you start stacking high.
    Also, the soloid and pump box is very close to the bumper and mount when the blade is raised all the way.
    Looks like stacking high could result in high $$$ damage to the unit.
  10. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Not to be a smart a$$ but let me put it this way. When I stack snow with my 810. I am more concerned with my truck and tranny than the 810. Now my piles are about 6-7 feet. I don't ram the pile because as I said I'm more concerned about the truck. It is a good stacker because your wings hold the snow till your up the pile. If the pile is firm the wings will relieve and return to straight position. Hope this helps. You can really Pile it on to a Blizzard. :rolleyes: Sorry, couldn't resist.
  11. RidgeCon

    RidgeCon Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    We try not to stack snow at all because we can charge extra to haul it away when it builds up. If we have to we don't spend time in the storm doing it we send loaders, backhoes, tractors with blowers etc after the storm to do that, time during a storm is too valuable to have trucks doing that.
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Exactly. Trucks and plows are not designed for stacking. Loaders are. My primary job to my customers is snow plowing, i.e. clearing their lots. If I break my plow or truck because I am trying to see how big of a pile I can make, I can't perform my primary job.

    If they don't have enough room in their lot for a pile from one storm, then I will need to use a different piece of equipment from the get-go and the price will go according to those requirements.
  13. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    I agree. I was only offering comment on the Blizzard 810's ability to stack and not saying I recommend this practice to any degree. But as we know a lot of plowers do this.
  14. intlco

    intlco Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    Thank you Bolts Indus! <img src="http://www.plowsite.com/images/smilies/pumpkin2.gif">

    Good to know that the 810 stacks good.
    About 90% of bussinesses here will only sign a contract under the agreement that the snow is all stacked in one large pile during the storm. They don't want windrows or snow stacking all over the lot. So lots are just a son b*tch to do this. It's waste a lot of time movin snow all over when it's deep.

    How does the 810 backdrag?<img src="http://www.plowsite.com/images/smilies/confused.gif">
  15. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    The 810 backdrags well because it is heavy. Like all plows they are designed to plow forward. I recommend that you do not backdrag with the wings out in deep snow or where you are hemmed in by iced banks on both sides. It is easy to over extend your wings forward and break the internal return assist spring.
  16. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    we like to push them to the last few parking spaces rather then the side of the parkinglot, if you go to the sides of the lot after a few storms if the snow doesnt melt you shrink the parkinglot down and it becomes a hassle