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    2025R Classic and plowing with the AF10F loader-mounted plow

    This winter is the first year that I have the 2025R...my plan was to use the AF10F plow on my 450-ish feet of blacktop driveway. I have a walk-behind snowblower, which is a great machine, but for those 2-6 inch snows, the snowblower is very slow...when I bought the tractor, I figured a plow would just sail right through and do a great job in half the time it takes to snowblow.

    Here's my trouble....getting the plow down to the ground. A buddy of mine owns a paving company and he plows in the winter...he suggested I adjust the plow about 1/4" off the driveway. If I do that, I can't seem to get the driveway clean and I end up with packed snow on the surface. You know the kind....the stuff that packs hard, turns super-slick and you never scrape off until the temps get above 40.

    I hate to go back to the snowblower for the small snows....the tractor really is quicker (and much more fun!)

    In some experimentation, I am running the plow edge and actually scraping the asphalt a bit. I can't imagine this is good in the long-term. Also, what is finicky is the height adjustment. I have the plow pucks adjusted so I can get the plow edge on the surface....by using the left/right function on the SCV, I can get the plow edge just up off the asphalt or down against.

    I don't know.....am I missing something? And words of advice?
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    Install a rubber or UHMW plow edge and scrape away...…

    Best rubber/UHMW plow blade replacement?

    Sincerely
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    A lot of people with black top use some sort of rubber or poly edge, maybe you could make one, stall mats like TSC sells work well from what I've read on here. I have a gravel driveway though so I cannot speak from experience, my shoes are always set 1/4-1/2".
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    A lot of people with black top use some sort of rubber or poly edge, maybe you could make one, stall mats like TSC sells work well from what I've read on here. I have a gravel driveway though so I cannot speak from experience, my shoes are always set 1/4-1/2".
    Do you find it tough to stay consistent with how close you keep the edge? I guess this is only an issue since I'm using a loader mounted plow...so I can put it in float-mode but still have the angle forward/backward to contend with. I try to use my bucket-level rod to stay consistent.

    Maybe I'm overthinking things....
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomesteadJoe View Post
    Install a rubber or UHMW plow edge and scrape away...…

    Best rubber/UHMW plow blade replacement?

    Sincerely
    Thanks for the link...I'll see if that would fit my plow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM45 View Post
    Do you find it tough to stay consistent with how close you keep the edge? I guess this is only an issue since I'm using a loader mounted plow...so I can put it in float-mode but still have the angle forward/backward to contend with. I try to use my bucket-level rod to stay consistent.

    Maybe I'm overthinking things....
    Unless you are plowing on perfectly flat blacktop, there will always be variation in the set gap between the plow edge and the blacktop to moment the grade changes. Trying to adjust for those changes on-the-fly is nearly impossible even for the most experience plow-master! If you want a clear driveway, and you want to use your tractor and AF10F, you will need to change the plow edge as described in my prior response. You will never look back once you do the mod and ask yourself why you didn't do it sooner!


    Sincerely
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM45 View Post
    Thanks for the link...I'll see if that would fit my plow.
    You will likely have to do some minor bit of fabricating to customize to your own plow blade.... not a big deal.... we can talk you through it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM45 View Post
    In some experimentation, I am running the plow edge and actually scraping the asphalt a bit. I can't imagine this is good in the long-term.

    That is 100% normal. If you drop the plow all the way down to scrape the driveway clean, the edge on the plow will wear down over time. That's why it's called a wear edge and that's why it is replaceable. I prefer to run a UHMW wear edge because it's much quieter than a steel edge, but it still wears down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM45 View Post
    Do you find it tough to stay consistent with how close you keep the edge? I guess this is only an issue since I'm using a loader mounted plow...so I can put it in float-mode but still have the angle forward/backward to contend with. I try to use my bucket-level rod to stay consistent.

    Maybe I'm overthinking things....
    Overthinking a little, but not totally.

    I marked my indicator rod with a piece of tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    That is 100% normal. If you drop the plow all the way down to scrape the driveway clean, the edge on the plow will wear down over time. That's why it's called a wear edge and that's why it is replaceable. I prefer to run a UHMW wear edge because it's much quieter than a steel edge, but it still wears down.
    Good point about it being a "wear edge"...I think it just sounds worse than it really is. I am running in float-mode with the edge-trip unlocked, so if I do hit a spot that is uneven, it should trip forward or float the edge up.

    Part of it is also lack of experience. I'm in south east PA and there is some snow in the forecast this weekend, so I'll hopefully get more experiment time.
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