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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    6
    Location
    New Jersey, Hunterdon Co.
    Tractor
    Kubota B7100HSD

    Default Plowing vs. Blowing

    I just purchesed a 1993 B7100HSD with mid mower and turf tires . I purchased this tractor primarly to be able to remove the snow from my 300 foot long, steep lane even though I will probably use it more for mowing.
    My previous tractor was a Case 195, which after 35 years (16 years in my service) broke an axel. I am currently trying to decide which method of snow removal would be best suted to this tractor. My Case had a 44 inch manual plow which allowed me to scrape the steep part of the lane bare.
    What are your thought? Should I get another plow? Should I get a Snow Blower? Does this Tractor have anough PTO power (12hp) to handle a Snow Blower?
    Thanks in advance for your opinions.

    Bob


  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    415
    Location
    Michigan
    Tractor
    Kubota B7100HST & Kubota L4610HST w/FEL

    Default Re: Plowing vs. Blowing

    bobhaybob
    you like going forwards or backwards?[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] I've seen a snowblower mounted on the front of a B7100 using the mid-mount PTO. Your bio does not mention what state you are in, so how much snow are we talking? I've kept a 500 ft. driveway in Michigan clean with a B7100 (turf tires)and the rear blade.If there is about 4" or less you can pull the blade forwards, discharging to one side. Above 4" I had to turn the blade around and shove in reverse. You will find a lot of snowblower fans here, even my neighbor loves his, I just thought they're too much $$$ for something that would rarely be needed.I did consider investing in tire chains, if you have a lot of snow or especially on ice, you get real familiar with the traction lock.
    regards
    Mutt


  3. #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Posts
    6
    Location
    New Jersey, Hunterdon Co.
    Tractor
    Kubota B7100HSD

    Default Re: Plowing vs. Blowing

    Thanks for the info. I have updated my profile.

    I am not fond of driving backwards on hills especially in the snow, But I am inclined to think that a front mount blower may be over kill, too expensive and hard to find around here. I've located a used front mount blade, which is what I had on my old tractor, so it looks like that's going to be the answer.


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