Shoe Adjustment...

SlimJim Z71

LawnSite Senior Member
Just curious as to where you guys set the shoes on your plows? Right now I have them set just barely above the cutting edge (so the cutting edge is touching, but the shoes are not.) My owners manual says to set them 1/4" to 1/2" off the ground for hard surfaces, and 1" to 2" off the ground for gravel or loose surfaces.

What have you found to work best? Thanks again...

-Tim
 

thelawnguy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Central CT
I set mine in the back of the garage, sometimes I set em in front of the door so the wind wont blow it shut... ;)
 

MJ

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
central Maine
Actually, I'm glad you asked that question. I just bought a new Fischer this year. I've never plowed or owned one before. I've never noticed these on a plow before and have been trying to figure out the best use for them. Now I know they make a good door stop. Thanks. The best I could figure was to keep the blade from damaging concrete/pavement.
 

GeoffDiamond

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Maine
I probably have enough plow shoes to fill the bed of a pick up. I have one truck that carries them to use on a gravel drive.

Shoes don't really do all that much good, even on gravel.

Geoff
 

diggerman

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
I'm with Geoff I just gave away all but a couple,so as to where to set them,on your mantle might be nice.Might have them bronzed and make candle holders.
 

plowking35

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
S.E. CT
I to have mnay pair of shoes, all collecting dust. I have not found many uses on the plow for them, they really dont work. John Allin has a great shoe story that he may share some day.
Of course since we started using alternative material cutting edges, the need for shoes is completely gone for all surfaces. On gravel they skim right over with out narry a hiccup. And on asphalt they clean like a squeegee.
The problem is most surfaces are not flat, they have peaks and valleys, so with the shoes on each end, the cutting edge will still hit something in the middle. Also in loose stone or gravel, the shoes will dig in ,and the edge will still carve up whatever it is that you are plowing.
Dino
 

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