A few days ago, I bought a new 54" blade for plowing snow because sometimes the blower is just too much and I thought the blade would be perfect for the lighter snows.
I had the chance to try it out the other evening and noticed something. It's still early in the winter season and the gravel driveway has not frozen solid yet. I had set the skids/shoes so the bottom of the blade was about 1½" off the driveway. I noticed that the original John-Deere shoes were really digging into the gravel driveway, and worse, when I pushed the snow back into the yard there was grass wrapping around the shoe... It will be interesting to see how much repair that's going to take this spring.
I looked for a better system and I think I found it. I haven't had a chance to test them out yet but it's supposed to snow a lot this weekend and will post my opinion soon.
I ordered a set of Heavy Hitch John Deere Plow Shoes on Tuesday and they arrived today in the mail. They were shipped "priority mail", came packed in a sturdy box and look great. With out testing them, I think they will work out just fine. The base is a big chunk of cast steel about 3½" in diameter. I think that will help with the grass ripping and keep them from digging in so deep in the gravel (in float mode) like the original, narrow, J-D shoes did.
Pictures might speak louder than words here....
Now I'm just waiting for the snow storm that's supposed to be here tonight!