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    Default The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    If you remove snow with your front end loader, you may be damaging your driveway or increasing wear on your driveway's seal coat, costing you money and possibly harming the health of your loved ones.

    A recent scientific study links exposure to seal coats containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with childhood development and respiratory disorders. Experts also conclude the problem is accelerated in the northeast due to snow plows causing the seal coats to wear more rapidly (Science News "Health and Ecosystem Issues Found with Popular Pavement Sealcoats", 14 March 2012).

    Thankfully, a new product from Ratchet Rake is now available for compact tractor loaders that protects and provides a safe buffer between your loader and driveway surface---the SNOW EDGE.

    If you have a seal coat on your driveway or want to preserve the quality & look of your cement driveway, we highly recommend adding a Snow Edge to your winter snow removal arsenal. TBN members save $10 when they buy from the TBN Online Store!

    Click here to learn more about the Snow Edge: Read specs, view photos, and more in the TBN Online Store.
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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    Thanks for posting.
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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    Quote Originally Posted by Briana03 View Post
    ...and possibly harming the health of your loved ones.

    A recent scientific study links exposure to seal coats containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with childhood development and respiratory disorders. Experts also conclude that the problem is accelerated in the northeast due to snow plows causing the seal coats to wear more rapidly (Science News "Health and Ecosystem Issues Found with Popular Pavement Sealcoats", 14 March 2012).
    I wonder what that scientific study found about the respiratory effects of the material from which that thick plastic wear edge is made?

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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    Thanks for posting.

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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    New member here. I just purchased one of these for my JD 1026R. It was delivered Friday and looks like it will do well protecting the concrete driveways at my new house, especially in bucket "float" mode. Also like the easy on/off nature of the design. I would have preferred a front mounted blower, but considering the cost, I thought this was an acceptable alternative until I can budget the $3,500 for the blower. On the other hand, if we have another winter like 2012, I won't need the snow edge or the blower.

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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    Cut a piece of PVC pipe to length, slit it, tap it over the cutting edge, done. Been doing this for years, works really well.

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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    Yes, I've heard this works well, too. Thanks for the info.

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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    Quote Originally Posted by cuoffroad View Post
    Cut a piece of PVC pipe to length, slit it, tap it over the cutting edge, done. Been doing this for years, works really well.
    Nice! What diameter and schedule pipe? Also, what's your preferred slitting tool?

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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    1.5" SCH40 is what I have on right now....it was probably the cheapest I could find at the time.

    As far as slitting, I use a Craftsman Twin Cutter saw. Makes a mess but it's quick. If I didn't have the twin cutter I'd probably try my sawsall with as short a blade as I could get. Now that I'm thinking about it I might try that next time just to see how well it works.

    Hope that helps.
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    Default Re: The SNOW EDGE: Protect your driveway this winter!

    I have a gravel drive, so I don't have most of these issues. However, I would like to see someone come up with a very simple, bolt-one snow blade for a CUT FEL. The angle could be fixed and shoes could protect the gravel. But I imagine it probably would be harder than it seems.

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