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    OK Fellers...Which implement?

    Hey guys - I thought I'd ask some of you guys who may have a solution to my ongoing dilemma. I've got a stone driveway (3/4" Pennsylvania Blue Granite) that's about 650' long. When I plow snow, I keep the plow up off the top about 1" (as much as I can), but it's all for naught if the snow is wet and sticky because the stone rolls up into the snow and it comes along for the ride - and usually gets pushed to the low side of the plow and into the grass off the side.

    Can you guys share your tips/tricks and implement setup for getting those stones back on the driveway without totally mangling the grass? It's too long for me to rake back on by hand. I thought that a rotary broom might be the best tool - but I can't justify buying (even a used one) for the price they're going for these days - for just raking stones back.

    Thanks for any help and suggestions you can give!
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    Stihl Power Broom

    I would recommend the power broom by Stihl.

    Stihl power broom - YouTube
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    Are you using a front plow or rear blade?

    I have a similar driveway only not quite as long. The best way to clean up the stones is to not push them into the grass to start with. Get yourself some driveway markers and place them where the stones meet the grass. When you are plowing do not allow ANY snow to be pushed past the marker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CG3315 View Post
    I would recommend the power broom by Stihl.

    Stihl power broom - YouTube
    Those are nice but a bit of a handful to operate. I don't think I'd want to be using it to clean 24" at a time on both sides of a 650-foot driveway.
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    Huh. I wonder if a pinwheel rake would have enough ooomph to toss the stones back into the driveway?
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    Thanks for the suggestions...Correct - I'd rather not have to power broom a 1/4 mile of driveway (both sides) by hand. Was hoping for an implement while the butt is parked.

    Yep...The best would be to not have any stones get pushed off into the grass...However, I do have the driveway marked and steer between the proverbial cones as it were. There's nothing I can do about stones that stick to the 'wave' of snow that curls and rolls while plowing. That seems to be the biggest culprit in all this. I have gotten a LOT better about keeping as many stones as I can on the driveway compared to previous years.

    As long as I keep the plow up & off the top, it's better...In years gone by a 2" PVC pipe slit down the middle worked really well on the Mule but bitter cold shattered it...Guess I should make one out of AL or steel. 2.375" OD seems to be the magic diameter in my testing...(I've done wood filled, polyurethane resin filled etc...PVC still shatters)

    I've got a 60" plow on the Mule & a 54" plow on the x749 - both up front obviously. Not sure a scraper blade would fair much better out back due to the stone sticking to the 'wave' and rolling out the sides.

    Seems like a kludge, but the Stihl kicked on a 45 and attached to the lower right corner of the bucket on the FEL might be possible/viable. Then again - they aren't cheap and hydraulics = crushed plastic...
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    Maybe a landscape rake on the 3pt? Angle it slightly back towards the driveway so that it windows the rocks back to driveway. No way I’d want to rake them back manually with that long of a driveway.


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    I don't know how to get them back out of the grass (I leave them there and they go away on their own...eventually ), but you can get the ones that were moved from the center to the sides back in the center by using a rear blade like this:

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    What kind of tractor do you have ?? Got a loader ??
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