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  1. #1

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    NW CT
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    Kubota B2410HSD

    Default Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    This topic has been covered quite a bit already, but I thought a little survey might bring together some good information. If you use a rear blade to plow, would you be willing to share:

    - blade make and size
    - tractor make and model
    - length of driveway and whether it is paved, gravel, or dirt
    - use skid shoes or not
    - use blade for landscaping

    Be sure and use a #2 pencil. Partial credit if you show your work. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks.


  2. #2
    Elite Member
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    Stowe, Vermont
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    Kubota L3240HST, KX-121-3S

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    I use a LandPride 2572 blade with hydraulic TNT on my kubota L3010HSD. One thing that's typically overlooked in a blade used for snow is moldboard height. Some of the cheaper blades with 12" moldboards aren't much use in deeper snow; look for something with 15" plus. Ag tires loaded, with Norse ice chains on the rear. These chains are not for wimps; they have large spikes that reduce asphalt to crumbs and make for a bumpy ride. I plow one short driveway and another that is about 150' long, plus 1/4 mile of unmaintained town road. The long driveway is gravel, but everything else is dirt. I don't use skid shoes as they tended to break off with annoying regularity in the cold. I generally plow snow driving forward with the blade angled sharply to the side. When plowing over the gravel I still drive forward, but with the blade reversed so I don't scrape all the gravel away.

    Landscaping? Heck, that's why I have a chainsaw and a logging winch! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Pete

    www.GatewayToVermont.com

  3. #3
    Silver Member
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    Aug 2000
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    Location
    Louisa, Virginia
    Tractor
    John Deere 790

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    Bushhog 35-7 (7 foot) blade, covers tire when angled at 45 degrees
    John Deere 790, MFWD, R4's, TNT
    300 foot of gravel driveway
    no skid shoes
    have box blade for landscaping, but have used rear blade on occassion
    haven't had a chance to plow snow with JD, didn't snow deep enough last winter, and what we did have cleared with my Craftsman 22.5 hp with rear blade.


  4. #4

    Join Date
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    Sharpsburg, Md
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    John Deere 4100 HST

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    Wheeldog,

    - Woods RB60 (60")
    - JD 4100 HST
    - ~200 ft paved
    - will be using skid shoes
    - use the rear blade to move soil, gravel, reclaimed soil, etc.

    Lost my #2, ok if I use a #1. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img][img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Terry


  5. #5
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    Location
    Montgomery County, Maryland
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    Kubota B2710

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    Woods RB1572 (72")
    Kub B2710
    100' paved
    no skid shoes yet - need to get some !
    purchased 1/01 - used twice in snow , never used for landscaping



  6. #6
    Veteran Member
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    Location
    Alberta
    Tractor
    Kubota B2410 with turfs

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    - Farm King 60" blade
    - kubota B2410
    - ~250 ft gravel
    - no skid shoes...thinking about adding them
    - I've used the blade quite a bit for spreading topsoil

    Only thing I would change is I would buy a heavier duty model that tilts. I have to adjust the side link which is a pain and only does so much.

    Kevin


  7. #7

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    Location
    South-Eastern Michigan
    Tractor
    Kubota 3010HST

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    Cheapie TSC 5' Blade
    kubota L3000 4WD
    125' paved
    no shoes
    No landscaping w/it

    Beats the heck out of shoveling[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img].

    Paul


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    Platinum Member
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    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade


    LandPride RB1560
    kubota BX2200
    200' asphalt driveway
    Skid shoes
    Used also for filling in some low-spots and ruts in combination with a ripper (to break up clay first)



  9. #9

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    Location
    NW CT
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    Kubota B2410HSD

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    Thanks to all who have replied so far. I meant to throw in my own info before, even though I don't own a blade yet:

    - ??? 6' blade
    - kubota B2410
    - 150' paved drive + turn-around area
    - leaning toward skid shoes
    - may use the blade for spreading/leveling topsoil, etc.

    Rob



  10. #10
    Bronze Member
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    Sep 2001
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    Location
    New Hampshire
    Tractor
    2007 Toro zx 480

    Default Re: Survey - plowing snow with a rear blade

    Woods RB1572 without shoes
    kubota B2710 with R4's not loaded
    300' paved drive
    have used blade for minor grading to level off the garden
    primary use is to plow driveway and used extensively last winter. We had one storm 22" and several others in double digits and the blade worked great.


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