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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Best implement for snow removal

    The best thing to do is get the first plowing as far off of the road as possible. This allows for future plowing without problems.
    I have found if I get a large or wet snow that you are better off starting on the side you want to move the snow to. Then next pass you would make a pass right beside that. Then go back and move that over to the first pass and so on till you have the drive way clean. This takes more seat time but it allows you to move the snow as far as possible from the road. But everybody needs to experiment to see what works best for them. My driveway is 1000' all down hill from the house, with different angles of were I can put the snow. The biggest thing with a rear blade is if you get to much weight built up it can through you to the side. A very interesting feeling. Have fun and be safe!

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    I have a 60' hydraulic front plow for my kubota BX25 that I use on my 500' gravel driveway. I also have an Ariens 30" snowblower. My upslope driveway is cut from the side of a hill with some room on the down hill side to push snow. I can use the plow and clear the driveway in 20 minutes. That's nice & quick when it's 10 degrees outside. I put a rubber edge on the plow to minimize moving gravel from the road. That works only so-so. I have to rake some gravel back onto the road every Spring.
    I use the snowblower to blow the piles of snow, if necessary, out of the way if the plowed piles get out of hand. Plus it gives me a way to clear snow out of the way if we get one of those 24" crazy snows. It, compared to the plow, is slow going. It cost me around $2400 for the plow and the plow to frame quick attach, but it was worth it.
    The local roads may be impassable for a day or so in really, really bad weather but my driveway will be clear. And I could, if necessary, plow our small side road down to the main road to allow emergency vehicle access. That is unless I was the one that needed the emergency access. Then we are SOL! ;-)
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    Default Re: Best implement for snow removal

    I have a 1/4 mile long private dirt road that I, and my neighbors, maintain. I used the FEL and rear blade on my CK30 w/chains to keep my driveway and the road clear for about 5 years. It did the job and my wife used it when I was out of town. One major snow storm I was out of town and she spent 4 hrs in the dark storm clearing the road/drive so she could get out to work. She about froze to death. When I got home I drove our truck to the nearest Fischer dealer and told him to put a plow on it. Wife now plows in the warmth of the truck and I do final cleaning with the tractor. If roads are real bad.. she takes the truck/plow to work. Happy wife... happy life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IXLR8 View Post
    I have a 1/4 mile long private dirt road that I, and my neighbors, maintain. I used the FEL and rear blade on my CK30 w/chains to keep my driveway and the road clear for about 5 years. It did the job and my wife used it when I was out of town. One major snow storm I was out of town and she spent 4 hrs in the dark storm clearing the road/drive so she could get out to work. She about froze to death. When I got home I drove our truck to the nearest Fischer dealer and told him to put a plow on it. Wife now plows in the warmth of the truck and I do final cleaning with the tractor. If roads are real bad.. she takes the truck/plow to work. Happy wife... happy life.
    As much as I LOVE to use the tractor for snow removal, I do it more because I enjoy doing. I have never had a storm that the truck and plow wasn't considerably faster. As far as practicality goes, you can't beat a heavy duty pickup truck and a good sized plow. In my case, a diesel f350 and 9' blade. However, that's assuming the OP has a truck that he plans on keeping a while.

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    I'm sure it was operator error but I couldn't even begin to move the 36" storm we had last year. Plow trucks were stuck everywhere. Used the FEL bucket to clear the driveway then touched up with truck. Other then that extreme case the truck was way faster. Hopefully it will be better with the FEL plow I just bought versus the bucket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzardA91 View Post
    I'm sure it was operator error but I couldn't even begin to move the 36" storm we had last year.
    It may have had something to do with the 36" of snow
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    I moved 42" with the 8N with a 6' scraper blade.
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    Default Re: Best implement for snow removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Piston View Post
    It may have had something to do with the 36" of snow
    Weve had several storms that have dropped over 36: of snowfall overnight. Everytime it was pretty easy to clear with the blower. I just blow off the first 18" or so layer for 5-8 feet, pull foreward and do it again with the blower setting on the ground. I dont think the plow would have worked very good doing this, but who knows. The blower worked without any issues.
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    Default Re: Best implement for snow removal

    Quote Originally Posted by Piston View Post
    As much as I LOVE to use the tractor for snow removal, I do it more because I enjoy doing. I have never had a storm that the truck and plow wasn't considerably faster. As far as practicality goes, you can't beat a heavy duty pickup truck and a good sized plow. In my case, a diesel f350 and 9' blade. However, that's assuming the OP has a truck that he plans on keeping a while.

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    Default Re: Best implement for snow removal

    I use a rear blade and FEL with good success. I also have rear chains which though very expensive I would not be without even with fluid in my tires. I can go through any snow with them on even when we get some of the dreaded ice underneath it first. The chains are heavy and some work to put on so once I put them on they stay on until about March. A blower would be nice, but limited use and something else to maintain.

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