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What is the best way to plow heavy, wet snow?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by 2dogs2, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. 2dogs2

    2dogs2 Member
    Messages: 81

    Just curious what the best way to plow heavy wet snow? Seems like this stuff don't want to push easy, for any distance. I have to keep stopping backing up and ramming through 1/2 the pile in front of the blade, then going back over what was left. :cry:
  2. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,375

    Unles you have a V plow that is probably the esiest way to deal with it.
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    four wheel low.
    lots of weight
    dont take all of it at once if you can help it.
    angle the blade if you can, to push some aside as your going
    once the truck is moving DONT STOP. The weight of the truck helps keep it going.

    if you cant push any more, and the pile is big.

    a. take part of it at a time.
    b. if it isnt too high raise your blade and take off the top to spread it again (drive over it with the blade up a few inches). back up and then plow from the ground.

    i see people try to move big piles. taking less at a time is easier on the truck and usually quicker. Use your head, not just the gas peddle.
  4. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    I dont think anything to do with "ramming" is good. chip chip chip away. Straight push, angle, straight push, angle,repeat wesport
  5. SteveJ

    SteveJ Senior Member
    Messages: 141

    I second what Bribrious said. My motto is "if the coffe splashes it's good, but if the cup flies out of the holder to the floor, you're pushin too hard", :drinkup:

    Don't be pushin RAMMING those slush piles too hard, you'll be going home on a hook.
  6. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    i delt with this in the last storm of last season...we had 2 1/2 feet of heavy wet snow. i allways run in 4low when plowing so that didnt change...what i did was just bite off what i coulod chew...dont get too much at a time and it should go fine. just try not to slow down or stop because it makes it rough getting started again.
  7. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    how come you use 4lo all the time?
  8. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    ^ What he said.
  9. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    after going thru 3 trannys(****** builder the first 2 times) the last tranny guy said use 4low to make it alil easier on it, which it makes sense the lower gearing would be alittle easier on everything. so i've just done it that for for years now and havent had a issue in 6 years now so i just roll with it lol
  10. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    get good tires and have weight in the bed. i plow alot in 2wd. i have never used 4 low ever plowing. last winter i used 4 wheel drive only once. the truck pushes really wheel in 2wd. when it snows we usually dont get more then 6 inches at a time so the snow isnt 2 bad here. but like they said above just keep the truck moving and the snow will keep pushin
  11. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Bribrius gave the best comprehensive advise. I would emphasize keeping the moldboard angled as much as possible, not ramming anything and staying steadily moving forward. If you can't move it without ramming - push to one side as much as possible and take a smaller bite. Ramming = damage.
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Our Bri? How is that possible ?:confused:
  13. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    Hey, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.... J/K

    But Bri is right, work smarter and not harder...
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Again,our Bri?:D
  15. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    Wait for it to melt!:angry:
  16. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    That's what happens when you get away from the nice flat black top and two inch triggers gv.


  17. jdo150

    jdo150 Member
    Messages: 55

    Small Chunks at a time it will take you a little longer but the constant ramming will probley result in your truck breaking something or your plow breaking. 4lo and weight and a good set of tires for traction helps too.
  18. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Best advice I've seen in a long time. And not just for plowing.:nod:
  19. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I learned from a tranny rebuilder years ago what effect 4 low has on tranny life. I run a temp gauge and can tell what range I'm in by the temperature. I use low when I can, but it's tough some places. Honestly, low range keeps the tranny a lot cooler, which is of vital importance. As we all know, heat kills trannys. Well, sometimes pimps and johns kill trannys too, but that's another story..

    As to hitting heavy snow, bear in mind that if you hit with your plow angled and the snow doesn't move, your truck will. It will go in the direction the blade is angled, then you're on the lawn. I actually had to call a friend to bail me out with is V-plow one time, I had a long narrow driveway that dropped off on the left and had a nice lawn on the right. It went downhill for a ways then back up. With some rain on top of 6 inches of wet snow, the stuff at the lowest point was pretty much solid. I couldn't go over it, or around it, and damn sure couldn't go through it with my 81 K20/8' Fisher. That V plow pierced it right up the middle and spread it off both sides. I still can't think of anyway I could have budged it with a straight blade.
  20. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i had posted but mis understood your post. i see your talking about more of a valley that had frozen. other than trying to push the snow to the side, yeah. i have no idea how to do it with a straight blade either. What would have happend if you hit it with the blade a few inches in the air?
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008