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    Default Rear vrs. front blades

    I'm new to this, just moving up from a GT235 with front blade to a JD 4300 mfwd. I'm planning on a front blade, but I'm not clear on the advantages of a rear blade. Is it simply a matter of being able to keep it on while using a FEL? In short, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

    Thanks,
    Bob


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    I don't like looking back while pushing a rear blade, or driving over snow to pull a rear blade. I put this Western plow on my 4300 and it works GREAT! Not as cheap, but many times better. It quickly detaches if I want or need to put on the FEL. Pic shows the plow and the quicktach that I designed and had fabricated. The quicktach stays with the plow, hooks onto the MMM plates, pivoting up to take two bolts through the weight bracket on the front. So other than the hose connections, it is just two bolts to deal with.

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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    That looks great! It looks a bit bigger than the 12" high one Deere sells?

    Thanks....
    Bob


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    Bob, I don't know if you live in snow country, but where
    I live I need a blower. We often get 12" - 18" snow storms, with the blower you don't have to plow every 6" and no snow banks. My 78" blower cost less than my previous Meyers truck mounted plow.


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    I live near Rochester, NY.. in an area where we get some lake effect snow. Pushing it with a garden tractor last year worked okay, but I also have a backup 2-stage blower (JD724) just in case. I like the idea of the blade because I can use it year round.

    Perhaps I worded my question poorly.. what jobs do a rear blade do better than a front blade?

    Regards,
    Bob


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    Hi Bob,
    I'm in Fairport, NY so I can tell you what has worked for me. In the past I have used an 8 ft. rear blade to clear my driveway and an almost full size ice rink. This year when I got my new to me tractor it came with a 5ft. rear snow blower, but as you know I haven't had a chance to try the snow blower yet! I have used the rear blade for lots of grading jobs and it makes one **** of a counter-weight for the FEL. Here is photo of the beast! It is an old one but I couldn't bend it if I tried. I plow the snow going backwards, and pull it to do the grading.


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    Thanks, Von..

    That looks like a solid blade alright!

    Don't you have a sore neck after plowing an entire skating rink going backwards??

    Bob


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    That's what mirrors are for. Just kidding. About the only thing I do with my mirrors is wash the mud and other stuff off them and push them back out into positiin after limbs shove them over the doors. We had snow for a couple days and traffic slowed a mite but it is 99% gone now as it has been above freezing for a few nights and mid 60's during the day.

    I too have never had a back blade (not counting box blade) but will get one soon. They are really cheap compared to the fancy one on the front of the picture of the JD a coupe posts back. If I Ihad to plow all that snow and didn't comit suicide I would want a front blade for sure.

    Patrick


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    Bob,
    It goes pretty fast with such a wide blade and I don't have to look back that much, as I sit sideways in the seat as much as I can.


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    Default Re: Rear vrs. front blades

    The seat on some tractors, like my NH TC25D, swivel to make things a bit easier on the neck.


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