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    Snow push ?? Pros and cons? Advice!

    Does anyone use a snow push? Iím buying a new machine and it has to be able to clear several hundred feet of steep partially paved driveway in the winter. I had decided on the plow but it sticks way out front and after years of plowing and breaking my plow on my sxs I know how much side force pushing into a snow Bank is. I worry about putting that much uneven stress on loader and plow. The snow push however stays straight and is closer to the Tractor and pushes evenly with both arms like the bucket. I have never used one tho and donít know the advantages or disadvantages. Anyone have any experience with them? Pros and cons?


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    Basically - a pusher is great for open lots - a plow is for long runs on a driveway.

    The thing with these smaller tractors is weight - or the lack of. If you are pushing a lot of heavy wet snow with an angled plow it is going to push the tractor sideways instead of the snow pushing off to the side.

    And if your driveway is steep enough you wonít be pushing snow uphill without chains and lots of weight - it will be downhill pushes only.

    The way I plow my driveway I open up a big intersection and push most of the snow into a gulley. A pusher would be better for me than a plow. But for 11 years now I have been using my bucket only - works fine for me.

    This was a light snow of about 4Ē or so - typically get 8Ē or more.

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    Here in Michigan I use my 1025r with the 54" front blade, with rubber strip on the bottom. I plow over 100' concrete with a pretty steep grade. I have loaded rear tires, wheel weights, and run no chains. Does just fine. Seldom need the four wheel drive. I have also used the rubber blade extensions from Artillian. They work great, and flex when you hit something. However for heavy snowfall, nothing beats the snowblower. really gets the snow out of the way. Does not matter if it is wet or not.
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    You never know how much we're going to get dumped with here. If it is an 1" or less, I utilize my Stihl back pack leaf blower. If people stay off the drive with cars until I get it cleared, it takes it right down to the concrete.

    With more than 1", I use the snowblower on the 1025R as a pusher. I push it into a windrow and then utilize the snowblower with blower engaged.

    Then, there is the heavy dump when it is the snow blower engaged for it all.

    I had a rotary broom for the 455 in addition to the snowblower. It was nice as a clean up tool to cut through tire packed snow when people drove through it before I cleared it, but you couldn't move much snow with it or you'd snap a sheer bolt. It went with one of the 455s and I didn't replace it.
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    Id say past experience is a factor too.

    Some guys love blades and hate blowers, some the opposite.

    In my case, Im a snowblower guy. My pros and cons below.
    I may have left some out...but its not Winter and Im trying not to think about it until it gets here,

    Blade.
    The blade is nice when you dont get much snow.
    You can easily clean down to the surface, and put it where you want.
    Operation is generally quieter too, as you dont need to run full throttle, or PTO speed.
    Its non-cab friendly too, as you generally dont get the snow your are moving blown back on you. Some of you hi performance tractors might, depending on ground speed, but most of us dont have this issue...lol.
    Its generally not designed to ride up and over hard edged obstacles.
    When you get tall snow banks, removing snow gets exponentially harder.
    No moving parts that wear out or break except the cutting edge.

    Blower
    Cleans within an 1/8" of the surface.
    Can be loud as you are operating at or near max throttle.
    You may or may not want a cab, depending on your aversion to looking like the Abominable Snowman.
    Lots of moving parts that require more maintenance.
    You can put the snow where you want it, not at the edge of the drive. No big piles like with a blade.
    Cost. Considerably more than a blade.

    All that said, I own both and use both. Under 2" gets the blade. More gets the blower.
    I feel like the blower is faster overall because I dont have to worry about where Im putting it nearly as much as with the blade. This is just a personal thing though, some guys say the blade is faster for them. The blade means big piles wherever you push it to, which can be a big problem over the course of a snowy Winter. I have yet to see anyone run out of room on their drive when using a blower.
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    I feel like this Tractor is gonna weigh atleast as much as my Kawasaki teryx sxs. It always pushed fine but the leading edge of the blade always takes a lot of stress where it attaches to the atv and I have snapped/bent it more times than I can count. I like the idea of the snow push since it seems faster than the bucket and stronger than the blade since donít have a pivot point. But I havenít been able to find model number to fit the 120r loader. We donít get enough snow to justify a blower. Usually under 6 inches. But get quite a few 2-4 all winter long. And then one or 2 larger 8-12 snows.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wvdeere View Post
    I feel like this Tractor is gonna weigh atleast as much as my Kawasaki teryx sxs. It always pushed fine but the leading edge of the blade always takes a lot of stress where it attaches to the atv and I have snapped/bent it more times than I can count. I like the idea of the snow push since it seems faster than the bucket and stronger than the blade since donít have a pivot point. But I havenít been able to find model number to fit the 120r loader. We donít get enough snow to justify a blower. Usually under 6 inches. But get quite a few 2-4 all winter long. And then one or 2 larger 8-12 snows.


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    I use a 72" FEL mounted plow I made to fit the quick attach from my SxS Moose plow. Works great, I understand your concerns with the edges, what works for me is plowing all the snow and then I straighten the blade and push up into the piles. A snow pusher would be nice as well, I almost pulled the trigger on one at my dealer back in Feb. when they had a 60" HLA discounted down to a little under $600 but for some reason I passed on it.
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    In WI Ihad both a large area to clear at the top of the drive and a long run to clear with my 72 inch CTA Pusher. I would just vear off on the long runs in a couple of places and make piles along the drive. Pushed most to the bottom and piled in the ditch.

    New house will be gravel for at least one winter. With e CTA I can tighten the side runners and set the rubber Pusher up a little and should end up catching very little gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeagerHair View Post
    In WI Ihad both a large area to clear at the top of the drive and a long run to clear with my 72 inch CTA Pusher. I would just vear off on the long runs in a couple of places and make piles along the drive. Pushed most to the bottom and piled in the ditch.

    New house will be gravel for at least one winter. With e CTA I can tighten the side runners and set the rubber Pusher up a little and should end up catching very little gravel.

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    Thatís exactly what Iím looking for. Do you have the brand/model#?


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    Snow push ?? Pros and cons? Advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    I use a 72" FEL mounted plow I made to fit the quick attach from my SxS Moose plow. Works great, I understand your concerns with the edges, what works for me is plowing all the snow and then I straighten the blade and push up into the piles. A snow pusher would be nice as well, I almost pulled the trigger on one at my dealer back in Feb. when they had a 60" HLA discounted down to a little under $600 but for some reason I passed on it.
    That was new for $600? That would be perfect for what i need!


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