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What gear plowing up a grade ?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by danno, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    What do you guys use pushing snow up say, a 15 - 20 degree driveway for about 75 -100 ft ?

    4WD HIGH
    4WD LOW
    AUTO TRANS. 1,2, 0R 3

    The driveway I do is real wide in the begining, than funnels to about 10 ft, with rock on both sides.

    I can`t really push fast, because I don`t want to wack the plow on the rocks.
  2. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    4-HI should do it... just get a little speed before you drop the plow
  3. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    The thing is, starting out, I`m at the beginning of the incline already.
  4. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    danno, when i started i had a 1500 also, i found that if i was to push on a incline or a long push, i would put the truck in 4-low, its not about the speed all the time, some times speed f's you up, tires break loose and so on... put it in 4 low go easy and you will be fine..... also with a lite truck, try to make one pass with the blade off the ground, say on a 6 inch storm, lift the blade 3'' then make one more pass with the blade all the way down, this will releave drag and some stress on the plow and truck and make it easy.... hope this helps .....
  5. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Use this rule of thumb "When in doubt use 4LO" Besides 4lo is easier on a transmission when pushing a load.
  6. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    "4LO is the way to go"
  7. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    Couldn't you just back up the driveway and push the snow across the street?
  8. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    im not sure if its legal for a quad to plow across a roadway, but its not for a plow truck,,,, big fine in ct....
  9. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    If it was not illegal/unsafe you could to that.
  10. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    This can work in many cases but I would caution against doing it with much over 6" on the ground.

    I got myself stuck doing that on about 20" of snow one time. It seemed like a good idea but ended up being the only time I could not get myself unstuck. I was not watching the plow close enough to see it slowly riding up on the snow and creating a nice wedge under the truck mount and A Frame:cry: It seems tempting to do, its faster then taking small bites and working in.
  11. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,362

    I DRIVE on the street for goodness sake. My Uncle is the CHEIF of Police in my town, plus I can't think of the last time I saw a cop cruising around giving tickets during a SNOWSTORM!!!