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    New Plow Shoes/Skids for My 54" Blade

    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 1" 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 3" 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.

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    Now I'm just waiting for the snow storm that's supposed to be here tonight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ErikR View Post
    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 1" 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 3" 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.

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    Now I'm just waiting for the snow storm that's supposed to be here tonight!

    Yea them stock ones are poop. What's usually left after the J end wears off makes a pretty handy scraper. I use an old one to scrape the old grass off the bottom of my string trimmer guard. The ground off end is sharp enough to cut you.
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    ErikR, Definitely better but don't be disappointed when one of the new shoes goes under ground and peels sod like it's alright. It's extremely hard to plow snow early on with no frozen ground.
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    If the shoes don't fully solve your problem the solution is to add a guard to your blade until things freeze up.

    Some use PVC slit with a saw and slipped over the cutting edge, 2" or so does nicely. Other materials might be better but are harder to come by, HDPE utility bore pipe is my choice, some even use EMT (rigid metal) conduit and tack it in place temporarily.

    There are other threads here about it if you search for them.
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    I know it's a little late or real early but has any one used these they look pretty descent and you can replace the rubber bottom pc. when it wears down also looking at the heavy hitch ones but they don't seem to be avail .??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99srxman View Post
    I know it's a little late or real early but has any one used these they look pretty descent and you can replace the rubber bottom pc. when it wears down also looking at the heavy hitch ones but they don't seem to be avail .??

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    The Heavy Hitch cast iron shoes are just out of stock for the season...they were a big hit and we sold out! We'll have more come October
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    that's good to hear-Heavy Hitch. will u announce it-when u have them in stock, come October.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    that's good to hear-Heavy Hitch. will u announce it-when u have them in stock, come October.
    You bet BigJim55! It's on my calandar
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    So with winter on it's way I will be in the market for some new shoes how well have these held up and what is the price ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99srxman View Post
    So with winter on it's way I will be in the market for some new shoes how well have these held up and what is the price ??

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