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I'm heading into my first year of using an ATV to move snow. The dealer that set me up with the Moose plow told me the "shoes" were only needed if I planned on moving snow on a gravel road, which I don't.

I took the shoes off but am now wondering if the blade directly on the driveway/sidewalk will cause damage. I'm okay with a few scrapes but would like to avoid chipping out edges of concrete.

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Many use the steel right on the ground, I took the shoes off as soon as I got it home. There are some alternatives, such as synthetic wear bars. they prevent the steel from ever touching the ground. They prevent any damage, noise and wear and tear on the plow. They also help by absorbing shocks and not transferring them to the plow and frame.

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I've heard about the synthetic wear bars. I might have to take a closer look at those. Thanks...
 

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I've heard about the synthetic wear bars. I might have to take a closer look at those. Thanks...
They are not expensive. The 60 inch from FallLine was 60 bucks. I will get about four seasons out of it, that's 15 bucks a season. lets you clean right down to the pavement. You may get 2 seasons out of your steel bar and it will cost about the same to replace.

I was skeptical at first, now I will never go back to steel.
 

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I plow a stone driveway so I set the plow up 2". I would always use the shoes, that's what they are for and cheaper than a wear blade. If I had a blacktop drive I would still use the shoes. You can get years from the shoes.
 

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I have my shoes up about 1/2". I plow pavement, but no need to beat up the machine or the plow.

Edit: shoes hold the plow up 1/2" off the pavement.
 

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I persoanlly leave the shoes on... I plow on gravel/crushed asphalt and concrete/tarred surfaces.

I like the shoes to keep the blade a-float on all surfaces and keep it from catching cracks and expansion joints on the sidewalks and driveways. I usually set my scraper to 1/8" from ground (with a paint stur stick).

It's really all personal prefference..... I still shovel the remaining snow with an old fashioned shovel as my blower and plow don't do as anal of job as I like!!!
 

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My 1 1/2" may seem like a lot of snow left but on a stone driveway it leaves a layer that then gets packed and freezes and makes plowing the next time easier. On my concreat it still melts off when the sun comes out.
 
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