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What's the secret for plowing a dirt drive /7 not blowing the "C" valve

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by wsmm, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. wsmm

    wsmm Member
    Messages: 80

    How can you keep the plow from digging in on a dirt drive. Lately here we just had a thaw and then an 8" snow. Plowing driveway and the blade dug in or droped into an ice patch real quick at a realitivelty slow speed. As a result, took out the "C" valve on my Meyers plow.

    How can I prevent this from happening, other than not plowing?

  2. jjklongisland

    jjklongisland Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    Pave the driveway... lol, sorry I had too

    My suggestion is cut a slit into a 3" PVC pipe and fit it to your cutting edge. Should prevent it from cutting in.... Or you can back blade the trouble spots...
  3. just plow it

    just plow it Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    Adjust your shoes so your cutting edge is farther off the dirt and don't drop your plow all the way, keep the down pressure or weight off the plow and more on your front tires.
  4. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    I 2nd the pipe slit down the middle and attached to the blade....
  5. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113


    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    keep the plow raised a bit off the ground. it may leave some areas unlevel if the driveway has dips or drops
  7. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Tap the up button on the controller and plow your driveway...shouldn't be a big deal at all. Full angle to either side will also help keep it from augering in too easily.

    Digging in and tripping should be a part of the normal operation of a plow on a dirt drive...it is on mine anyways. It should not be blowing out valves on you though, I would suspect that that was a part that had reached its life expectancy and all it took was that small impact to kill it...probably would have blown out on you in the next storm or two.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011