getting started plowing

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  1. Etlawn

    Etlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Im just getting started plowing this year and need a few pointers on how to go about actually plowing. I am working for my bro in law and he sort of explained a little but I was just curious if you guys have any tips to beginners.
  2. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    1. Get plenty of sleep.
    2. Bring coffee
    3. Check out chuck's website under snowplowing
    4. Watch out for drop offs and ditches.
    5. Most of it you figure out real quick when your out in the cab alone.

  3. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    1. Take your time... the faster you go, the more likely you are to break something.

    2. Take care of your truck and equipment.

    3. Come to a complete stop before shifting gears.

    4. Those little aluminum poles with reflectors on the ends help... a lot. Use them anywhere you think you'll be unsure where the edges are.

    5. Get a warning light. People will still get in your way, but it does help.


  4. BRL

    BRL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,211

    Go to & buy the training video. That should cover most of the questions you may have & then the rest you will pick up with experience. Go slow and careful until you get the hang of it. Good luck!
  5. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,488

    Ditto on BRL.
    The SIMA Video is for guys just starting out, and would be a wise investment on your part.
    Good luck, and welcome to the loony bin.
  6. iowastorm

    iowastorm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 370

    . . . and don't forget to put SIMA stickers on your truck; they'll instantly make you a savvy professional
  7. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 702

    And don't put them on your bumper because they are not bumper stickers,place them on your rear window in such a manner as to obstruct your view of important or damaging objects.
  8. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    Yeah, SIMA Videos....

    I ordered every one they had for my library.

    That order was received in their office October 18, 2000.

    ~They must be related to my plow parts supplier. ;)
  9. cowboy

    cowboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    check out Chuck's plowing manual for beginers at

    I haven't purchased it yet, but will soon, looks like it would be a great help for starters like you and I.

    good luck :)

  10. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 460

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