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    Loader Blade vs Rear Blower... Opinion please

    So I'm waiting on delivery of my new (used) 3520, and dealer has a nice used 72 front blade that mounts to the loader that seems pretty slick. 72" and hydraulic angle, and I do have lines run to the front for hydros so that's cool. Msrp is near $3k, and I can buy for $1500. I first thought it was a no brainer and would be nice for snow.... But then I'm thinking maybe holdout and just buy a rear blower???

    A rear blower would blast the snow away and I still have the bucket on the front. Hmmmm! Decisions, decisions!

    I'm in northern va, and not tons of snow. Currently have a short concrete driveway 25x60 that walk behind snowblower does fine on, but will have 300'x12 driveway to new detached garage, and also about 1000' of a private lane that homeowners all chip in on--- most have lcuts with loaders and blades. Blade is nice cause I can simply buy it now, drive facing forward, but blower is nice cause it's made for snow but I'll be driving backwards a long way.

    Any insights or opinions. I could argue it either way!
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    If you do not get a lot of snow, I would go with blade, always have loader to push back snow piles if needed (more seat time). I like driving forward, and is not the blade about half the $$ for a rear mounted blower? My .02$
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    Thanks for the opinion. I'm still mixed, as both have merit. Found a local 72 or 74 inch woods snowblower with hydro chute for $1900, so ballpark same price. Have to think about this more. Light snow blade wins, deep stuff the blower is tough to beat- having both isn't an option! Spending too much$$$!!!

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    A blade is better than a loader bucket for moving snow. It's not to say a loader won't, but not as well. With that being said. If you were worried about "the big one" I'd get the blower. I personally don't have any experience with them so that's probably why I'd buy it. The loader will push snow and it sounds like in most cases it'll get the job done. With the snow blower I'd make sure to check all the bearing and gear cases, but I'm sure that's standard advise for anything. The ones on c-list around here seem to sit outside and in the dirt so check the bottom and make sure it's not rotted out. Otherwise pick it up and take lots of pictures for us!


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    Unless you regularly get 3'+ snowfalls a 3320 with 72" plow is going to be all you need I think.

    You didn't mention if your 3320 has a cab - running a snowblower without a cab can be horrible unless the air is dead calm. Also being twisted around looking backward all the time is not for me (been there/done that....).
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    Snowblade works great for me here in Michigan. The only time I wish I had a blower was when the piles got too deep last year (although I'd just move those with the loader at this point.)

    Blowers suck on smaller snowfalls
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    I like blowers, just because you never have to worry about where to push piles up, and I don't like pushing rock into the grass.
    We get allot of drifting here, so a 6 inch snowfall will mean 2 and 3 foot drifts in certain areas, and a plow gets to be a pain after a couple of those.
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    I have both but use the plow way more than the 3 pt blower. I bought at 7' western off Craig List cheap and made my own frame and quick attach. Blower just used when drift get real big or to widen things out but much rather use a plow.
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    Depending on how heavy duty that 72" blade is, you could also use it on stuff OTHER than snow. Can't say that for the blower.

    I think you'd have that blower just sitting and rusting up 99.9% of the time where you're located.

    Heck - with the exception of the end of the year (when everything had REALLY piled up from the 90" or so we rec'd over the year) my little lawn tractor with a 38" blade did just fine.

    Other than "the storm of the century" I can't see a 3 series with a 6' front blade not being sufficient, especially mounted to the loader (able to push up and over piles). Less stuff to fail on a blade vs loader too....
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    I would probably go with the blade as well because it's a good deal, on a bigger tractor, and you already have it plumbed for angle.
    And you're in va.
    If you feel you need to have a blower than save up and get one later.
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