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Who are the people?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by beherit316, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. beherit316

    beherit316 Banned
    Messages: 78

    Who are the people that don't plow with shoes on?I have a friend that recommended to take my shoes off and plow without them.It seems to scrap alot better and do a cleaner job, but is it really a good idea?

    I'm aware that it can and usaully does do damage to parking lots that have patches or loose spots.

    PINEISLAND1 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 664

    I can't think of anyone who has ever plowed with the shoes left on .

    Of course with urethane we don't have many of the problems we used to with steel.

    This is even off the Boss website...

    When plowing on dirt or gravel, lower the plow shoes. This will raise the blade so you don’t scrape the surface away. When plowing on asphalt or concrete, raise or remove the plow shoes so that you scrape as close to the surface as possible.
  3. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862


    Shoes! Shoes!.... We don't need no stinkin' shoes!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Little Jay

    Little Jay Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Shoes are good for one thing...To keep that one piece of garage cement down way over there in the corner!
    You should have a clause in your contracts about not being responsible for damage to pavement etc.
  5. Manx

    Manx Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    No shoes here

    If all that you were plowing was gravel lots they would be
    great other then that there useless
  6. windmill

    windmill Senior Member
    Messages: 224

    No shoes in Canada either, we do it barefoot. After my first or second plow I realized that I was manufacturing a skating rink, took the shes off and have only looked back each time I've slammed into/bounced over that one manhole cover I promise to remember every time I go to that one account. (Maybe this year I'll take the cover off).
  7. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    We don't use shoes either. I have never had any problems. We also do have a clause in the contracts about damage to the surfaces.

  8. Mick

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

    I plow all gravel and hard-pack private drives and lots. I've never used shoes. This comes up periodically and the consensus is the shoes make good:

    1. Garage door stops
    2. Boat anchors
  9. meyer22288

    meyer22288 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    We dont use shoe's either. We plow roads and drivways, all but one driveway are paved so there is no need for them.:)

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    we are 98% of the people on this site

    only way to scrape to the black top is without shoes

  11. nsmilligan

    nsmilligan PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 704

    I find shoes very useful, they hold down 20 -30 empty salt bags on the back of the truck, I think it's great that plow manufacturer's supply these weights with the plow.:D :D

  12. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    No shoes here either.I take them off every new plow and sell them to the rookie's who keep bending them first time out. :D
  13. szorno

    szorno Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    We NEVER use shoes on pavement and only occasionally on loose gravel or dirt.
  14. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    I never use mine either, I used to keep them off the plow altogether. Then I figured I might as well keep them on for that little extra weight but just keep them raised up to the highest point. The little extra weight may help with backdragging, cant hurt. Mike
  15. Lawn Lad

    Lawn Lad Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I don't recall where I read it, but sometime ago in some plow manufacturer's book the recommended something along the following lines....

    Set plow shoes so that the cutting height is 1/2" above the surface to be plowed. Plow parking lot and then apply de-icing material to melt remaining snow and ice.

    Hmmm... don't think so. There was a good link a while back where someone had welded some dolly wheels to plow shoes to move it around in the shop. Other than using plow shoes to prop a door open, I haven't seen a better use for 'em.

    We also remove so we don't damage our plows - don't want to catch the shoes on something when working.
  16. easthavenplower

    easthavenplower Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    i only use the shoes for summer storage:nod:
  17. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    They make great paper weights. I actually left them on this plow but they have always been removed from the other plow trucks weve had. They really serve me no purpose at all.

    I can see a commercial right now. I PLOW SNOW SHOELESS!!!!!!!!!!! or SHOELESS JOE PLOWMAN LOL.

  18. snowjoker

    snowjoker Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    I used to plow with the shoes but there is about the same amount of yard work so i took them off and just bump up the plow in the soft driveways.
  19. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Easy one.
    Plow shoes are great in the truck bed as shovel keepers.
    Just place the handle of your shovel over it & you will never loose another one.
  20. john222

    john222 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Shoes go in the garbage unless you have a plastic edge on your plow and you plow brick driveways. Most customers like to see blacktop when you are done plowing, not the thin layer of snow the shoes leave.