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    What do you use for snow removal?

    Hey guys,

    My wife and I will be moving out to our new house in a few months. I'll be taking over 450 feet of gravel driveway. I'm sure my 3320 is up to the task but I haven't bought anything yet for snow removal.

    What would you recommend?

    I've spoke to my dealer about a quick connect snowblower but he said there about $5500. Ouch!!! A 3pt hitch blower is a little cheaper and could be another option.

    I'm also considering a front blade or back blade with hydro angle.

    Is there anything else you can use a front blade for besides clearing snow? It would be nice to get something I could use year around.

    Thanks!

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    Hi ElWood
    Not much else you can do with a plow,or even a blower for that fact. Snow removal is kind of a one tool thing. The only thing I can think of that would be a year 'round deal would be using your FEL,but that's not really the best idea either. They don't "give" like the blades are made to do. As for the blade,IMO,the "little made to fit all" 54" snow blade would be much too small for your 3320. Heck,it's even too small for the 2000 series. Kennyd and myself have modified 380A blades on our tractors. If a blade is what you decide on,the JD 74 or 84 series (replaced the older 380-390) would suit your tractor well. They can be pinned to be used like a dozer blade too.

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    A front plow / rear snow blower is a great setup. Quickly plow the light stuff and still have a blower for the big drifts / heavy snow falls.

    I use a front blower on my 1026. I also have a plow on my ATV for the light stuff.

    I was going to put a plow on my truck. But after a friend of mine was unable to open my driveway with his 3/4 ton plow truck I bought the 1026 with the 54" blower. I have gone though drifts taller than the drift cutters with little fuss.

    What works best depends on how much snow / drifting you get.
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    Front blade works for me here in S.E. MI., but if I remember correctly you being in the northern lower MI snowbelt you might consider snowblower/blade combo, especially with that loooong road.
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    I plan on using a 54in blade to do the snow removal with my 318. In response to what else you can use a blade for, I used mine to help dig some ditches this summer.

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    I have always had the front loader/rear blade setup for snow here with my 2520. Last December I got a used 2305 and also picked up a used 54 front blade..

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    After a crazy winter last year I decided to open up my options for snow removal.

    54" front blade with hydraulic angle
    72" rear blade with offset
    Loader
    Rear box blade

    It's sort of like a choose your own adventure!
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    I had 500 yards of drive plus turnouts at our place in Montana.

    I primarily used the 54" blade for most of the work. If I had to pick one, I'd start with a good front blade.

    I learned the hard way that the 47" blower doesn't like gravel. You have to get a good hard pack of snow over the gravel for the blower to work the best. Problem was we got snow before the ground froze.... What I found worked the best is if the snow was deep (over 10") I used the blower but kept it up 4" or so, then went back with the blade.

    For drifts, as someone else posted, you can't beat the blower. If drifts are a problem and you can't mitigate them with snow fencing, you might consider the blower as well.

    Once we finally got a good hard pack on the drive the blower did a much better job, but unless we got a deep snow, I just used the blade.

    The powder we got in Montana was a lot easier to handle than the heavy/wet snow you'll get.

    If you use the back blade, make sure you can put some weight on it otherwise it will ride up over the snow (no down force).

    If you have a FEL, they make a blade for it. If you have an area that you have to pile snow, a FEL mounted blade works very well.

    One thing you'll want to do is make sure you maintain the drive before the ground freezes. Keep it smooth and you'll get the best performace from either the blade or blower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rigged View Post
    After a crazy winter last year I decided to open up my options for snow removal.

    54" front blade with hydraulic angle
    72" rear blade with offset
    Loader
    Rear box blade

    It's sort of like a choose your own adventure!
    Rigged - It looks like you've got all the bases covered!
    Taking the easy way is what makes rivers and men crooked.

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    Originally, I asked my dealer what he would recommend and he sent me this!
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    I wrote back SOLD!! There's nothing wrong with dreaming, right?
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