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Old 02-23-2018, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snow blow vs. plow ?

My current house that I plan to say at for the foreseeable future has what I would call a normal driveway in front of the 2 car garage. You could easily fit 4 cars in it, maybe more if you really squeeze. This part isn't easy to plow just because of angles and space but isn't bad to blow with my 24" 2 stage.

Where it gets more complicated is I have about 150' down a hill about 10' wide leading to the main road. It crosses the end of my 'regular' driveway. Previous owner hired a guy to plow. My first two winters I plowed it myself but it hardly seemed worth the hassle especially with the limited snowfalls we had. This year I hired the guy that did it for the last owner to just do that main road part. Rate was $50 per time or $200 per month for the typical 4 month season so $800 per year.

I was thinking $800 goes a long way toward a bigger maybe 36"? blower that would be able to handle more snow faster than my 24".

Today I was out there for maybe 2 hours to deal with 4" not counting the time it took to fix the blower after finding one of the aluminum pole reflectors the plow guy knocked down. With a bigger blower I don't think I would be out any longer. As it is I have to run the blower up to the street to clean up after the city does the street and sidewalk so I usually do an edge pass on the way up and back just to get a little more width.

I don't think a quad atv sort of thing would be a good option since I have no other use for one. I don't have much lawn to cut so I don't have a garden tractor. I do have a little skid steer but its helpless without chains which I think would be hard on my new blacktop plus I would have to likely make a plow sort of attachment for it.

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Take the money you would use to pay plow guy and find a 6.2L or 6.5L and Frankenstein that blower..


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Old 02-23-2018, 10:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I got a good running 5.7 with a complete transaxle. Little duct tape and a 3pt blower I could be in biznus.

The blower I have my eye on is a dually. Problem is there was only one left and on sale yesterday before the first wave of snow, more to come so I have my doubts it will be there tomorrow especially if the news keeps predicting 4' for tomorrow evening.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would use the skidsteer to plow to the edges, then snowblow the edge away.

You can get/make rubber "chains" (basically strips of rubber across the tire) that work pretty well, at least from reports I've read on MyTractorForum.Com I don't recall the product name offhand.

I have a walk-behind lawnmower (52" hydro Snapper walkbehind), that I removed the mowing deck and fabbed a mount for a 54" Warn plow, fabbed some plow ends for it to increase it's capacity, bought some snow tires for it, and it works great for me. I've filled it overflowing on both sides with snow and it can still push through snow, and it only weighs about 600lbs. The only time it has a problem is straight ice, like freezing rain on pavement/packed snow. Just plain packed snow isn't a problem.

You can probably get more opinions on MyTractorForum.Com . Lots of people with similar work to yours.
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I used a 4x4 can am outlander quad this winter [plow guy charged me $100] to plow my parking lot and loading bay[200x300],its a little cold,but a 60'' blade will plow most anything,deeper snow [6''-10''] requires a second pass

im looking for a ''Japanese mini truck'' for next year,i like being warm
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I talked to a friend that does small engine repair and he says those cheap big blowers are complete crap. Drive line is typically worse than an average 20". He was right, just for fun I went back to the store for a closer look. The big 45" was still there, the other 30+ that were there on Thursday were gone. All that was left were various flavors of 12" electrics.

One of the things he said is the first to go on them is the gear box. It was stamped metal with no apparent gasket or drain plug which means its got grease with no real way to change or add to it. Also saw the auger shafts only stick out the gearbox an inch or two so the rest is the hollow shafts. Not even a fake bearing at the end, it appears to just be a stamped peg into the hollow end. Not the kind of thing that is going to be up to any real or extended work. Maybe it would do an inch or 3 one time per season but sure ain't gonna do a foot.

They do apparently make good blowers that big but they go for a lot of money. They will have vtwin motors and hydrostat drive so you get 'power' steering. If you are in that class you would usually be looking at a prosumer garden tractor like the little JD diesels. Even those I am told have issues with significant snow power wise so you are then looking at bigger stuff like in the Kubota class which really starts to cost a few bucks.
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I use a blower. But I have a big yard to keep up also. I have a 28 hp Husqvarna lawn tractor with a 48" deck. For the winter I have a 40" snowblower attachment for it. The attachment is 20 yrs old, yes I've lived here a long time, 27 yrs. I have 600 ft of driveway plus 2 large parking areas for company and my trailers. Nice thing about the blower is you don't have to make extra room for the snow piles plowing creates nor is a plow tearing up the yard
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I have heard good things about these but they don't come cheap. Anyone use one or have any thoughts? https://www.ariens.com/en-us/snow-pr...wers/rapidtrak

The hydro stat drive would have to be a big improvement above the disc drive most have. The tracks seem more like a drop/tag axle than actual tracks. In one of the videos it shows you can lock the rear axle down so it keeps more weight on the front.
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I don't know what you mow your lawn with. I have a Symplicty lawn tractor that puts down some nice stripes for the continues rollers.
Any way it takes 5min. To change between mowing deck and Snowblower. What I like about the blow it gets rid of the snow vs plow piling up.

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I don't have much grass so its easy to do with a walk behind mower. We got a lot of trees and pretty uneven ground so a tractor would be a pain, it would have to be a zero turn sort of thing which would be overkill.

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