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    1025R Snow blade on bucket boom or snow blade on front of tractor

    1025R, Get 4-6 inches of snow in central PA last night and used the bucket to clear 3/8 mile lane. not very efficient, looking at a blade but not sure to go with a quick attach blade for on the boom or go with a front mounted blade. Need some input for witch work best.
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    There are advantages/disadvantages to both methods.

    A blade mounted to the Deere Quick Hitch without the loader is a much more maneuverable machine when working in tight spaces but has the disadvantage of not being able to be raised very high. You can find that you get to a point where you run out of places to push the snow to once you have snow banks from that first or 2nd storm.

    The loader mounted blade allows you to stack snow higher but the machine can get pretty long and hard to turn around in tighter spots. It is also hanging quite a ways out on front. The weight of the snow gets compounded by that length so you tend to see teh front end get pushed around a little more that the Quick Hitch mounted setup.

    Everyone's driveway is different so you have to look at what you're doing and where you can clear. Are you working in a lot of tight spots? Do you have big wide-open spaces on both sides of the driveway where you can push snow back far enough off to the sides?
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    I use a FEL mounted plow and like it, opinions on this topic will vary greatly, but I like my set up and the ability to stack the snow. I guess a lot would depend on your driveway surface and how much snow you tend to get, I have gravel and snowfall varies from year to year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    I use a FEL mounted plow and like it, opinions on this topic will vary greatly, but I like my set up and the ability to stack the snow. I guess a lot would depend on your driveway surface and how much snow you tend to get, I have gravel and snowfall varies from year to year.
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    Thanks for your input, I do have a lot of room around every thing so I think a blade on the Quick Hitch would suit my needs.


    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    There are advantages/disadvantages to both methods.

    A blade mounted to the Deere Quick Hitch without the loader is a much more maneuverable machine when working in tight spaces but has the disadvantage of not being able to be raised very high. You can find that you get to a point where you run out of places to push the snow to once you have snow banks from that first or 2nd storm.

    The loader mounted blade allows you to stack snow higher but the machine can get pretty long and hard to turn around in tighter spots. It is also hanging quite a ways out on front. The weight of the snow gets compounded by that length so you tend to see teh front end get pushed around a little more that the Quick Hitch mounted setup.

    Everyone's driveway is different so you have to look at what you're doing and where you can clear. Are you working in a lot of tight spots? Do you have big wide-open spaces on both sides of the driveway where you can push snow back far enough off to the sides?

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    If you have a truck, you may be better off putting a plow on it.
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    We used big tractors and loaders growing up and when we epifonied into plow trucks and loader mounted plows, our speed and efficiency went up 100 fold. Don't get me wrong. Loaders have their place like stacking piles but to push an entire road in road gear is was unheard of with a loader.


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    If it was between a blade with QH or a blade mounted to the FEL then I'd get the blade with the QH. If the snow gets piled so much that the blade isn't doing much good then take it off and put the FEL on with the bucket and move it so you will have more room. Pretty easy to change from one to the other. Best of both worlds.
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    Never owned a blade for FEL, but have owned a front quick hitch and front blade for over 16 yrs on different sub compacts and a JD425.

    For me , I never gave a FEL blade a thought. During the summer months there are times I need to move dirt and IMO think the FQH would be better than a front mount blade on FEL. As others have said , I think the FQH would be shorter and possibly easier to maneuverable than one on FEL.

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    don't know may be cheaper NOT SURE on that. I've either traded it in for another or sold it with the tractor if I sold it locally.
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    I have not used the blade on the quick hitch but I just got the loader mounted HLA 1000 this year, I got it mostly for pushing small snowfalls that are a pain to blow with my rear mount blower. We still haven't had enough snow to work it proper but the little I have I like it. The concern raised about it being long is no issue for me in my yard. However, it is a real dance working the down pressure of the loader combined with the steering because the leverage of the length and being on the loader does have an effect. For my purpose, no issue, I only plan to push light snow and I really don't want to take my loader off in the winter. But if the plow was my only tool for moving snow, I might suggest a frame mounted front quick hitch is the way I would go.
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