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    Silver Member ELMO67's Avatar
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    Default Front blades?

    Does anyone use a front blade for moving snow? I am used to using a ft. blade for plowing snow and moving dirt, I think they work really great for those combined usages, but my L3010 doesn't have one, just a front bucket and a rear blade which is a major pain in the neck- really- to use for an extended time. I've seen an aftermarket- non kubota blade set-up, but it is way too heavily constructed and very cumbersome for my size tractor. I would like to get an OE blade set-up, but my two local dealers seem to be confused on exactly what parts are needed to install one and the cost of doing the same. So, any ideas on obtaining one?

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    Default Re: Front blades?

    Hi ELMO,
    I am not real sure about this, but I think that most manufacturers shy away from thr front blade since a loader is not really designed for that kind of force. If you have ever looked at a dozer, they have very substantial straight supports from the blade back to the frame of the dozer, and loaders are generally designed and attached much higher on the tractor. Loaders are meant to lift, not push. The force generated by hitting an obstacle or even just pushing a blade full of dirt would probably not do your loader much good. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I would shy away from the loader mounted blade.

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    Default Re: Front blades?

    Elmo; Call kubota up and ask them what the correct plow blade is for your tractor, then buy it. That will work the best for you. I use an OEM blade on mine every winter and it works fine. I guess when I move to warmer locales, I will have to figure out how to use it for other stuff.

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    Default Re: Front blades?

    i think the simplest thing to do if pick up an old snowplow and drop it in the bucket. all you have to do is fab up a lower cradle mount which is nothing more than a peice of angle iron with 2 sets of tabs with holes to pin in the lower frame of the plow. you wont have power angle...but then again you wont have to take your fel off either...and then you can leave your rear blade on too for weight and fwd and reverse plowing!

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    Super Star Member Thomas's Avatar
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    Default Re: Front blades?

    Hi ELMO.

    If you like a couple of ideas on plow attach to fel,maybe the thread on photos..REFB Plow to Bucket..on 12/24/01 at 12:24pm might help.

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    Default Re: Front blades?

    Elmo,
    We don't push snow, here in east Texas very often, but I did adapt my rear mount blade to work on the front loader & still work on the rear if desired. I do not have a picture with it on the tractor, but might spark an idea for you. I remove my bucket, then attach the blade to loader frame, 3 point hitch part located about the rear of where the bucket would be. This puts the blade as close to front wheels as can but still get some swivel or angle.
    See picture free standing.
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    Default Re: Front blades?

    ELMO: i don't know . i use fel bucket and rear blade to remove all my snow, and we get a lot of it. use the bucket for deep snow and the rear blade for small amts. when using the rear blade i have it set to windrow, and just drive over the snow going forward and let the blade scrape it off. course this is only a 100ft drive and it is concrete. but this set up works well for me. don't like the idea of taking the bucket off. too many times duriing the winter i need to litterally MOVE SNOW.

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    Default Re: Front blades?

    ELMO
    I have a Curtis 6 blade on my <font color=orange>kubota</font color=orange> B2910. It works great. I have used it since 2000 with no problems.
    Here is a link to a thread when I installed it on the tractor.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tractorbynet.com/cgi-bin/compact/showflat.pl?Cat=&amp;Board=photos&amp;Number=22426 &amp;page=&amp;view=&amp;sb=&amp;o=&amp;fpart=all& amp;vc=1>Click Here</A>
    The pictures are no longer available on TBN. I have attached one to this post.
    The Curtis blade is expensive. Finding a used pickup blade and adapting it to your FEL frame may be a cheaper way to go. There are threads on TBN on how different members have mounted one to their FEL bucket. I prefer to make it fit the FEL frame.
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    Default Re: Front blades?

    The force generated by hitting an obstacle or even just pushing a blade full of dirt would
    probably not do your loader much good. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I would
    shy away from the loader mounted blade.

    The same thing happens when cutting dirt w/ bucket or digging stumps or hitting rocks or
    u get my point.
    Don't go real fast w/ blade when surface is unknown.

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    Default Re: Front blades?

    I guess I see your point Hoeman00, but I still wonder if that might not put alot of stress on the loader. I know that lots of people use their loader to cut down dirt, but that is just pushing a narrow lip through the dirt (sometimes with a toothbar to help) whereas the blade can be pushing a pretty large surface area through the dirt. I guess it must be OK, since lots of people do it, but it just does not seem a good idea to me. I have looked at lots of manufacturers brochures / websites / marketing materials, and have yet to see a blade mounted on a loader. I just assumed that this if they really meant for the loader to do this, they would have promoted this capability more. Just my .02...

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