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    Modifying Box Blade for FEL Snow Pusher

    Good Morning!

    Looking for some advice and thoughts. I've searched the site to no avail.

    I would like to come up with a snow pusher for my 1R. I have a JD430 with the refrigerator (2-stage) blower that works great for concrete drives, but not great on gravel. This will be for those areas of my drive, and several of the neighbors with gravel driveways, where the blower is difficult to use. I would probably use it as well when there are small snowfalls as I believe it would quite a bit faster, than both the blower and using just the bucket. I move the snow on up to 8 driveways in the neighborhood.

    There are used box blades available quite often in this area. I don't want to invest a lot, as this isn't my primary snow removal tool, and having it as a dual purpose (still be able to use it as a back box blade) appeals to me.

    Obviously I would have to add skid shoes to the side (easy enough), probably add a rubber edge (fairly easy) and come up with a loader mount (several options here.)

    So, my question...has anyone taken a rear box blade and added the FEL mounts to use as a snow pusher?

    I've never used a box blade, so perhaps my idea is a little too far fetched.

    What are the thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scronbaugh View Post
    Good Morning!

    Looking for some advice and thoughts. I've searched the site to no avail.

    I would like to come up with a snow pusher for my 1R. I have a JD430 with the refrigerator (2-stage) blower that works great for concrete drives, but not great on gravel. This will be for those areas of my drive, and several of the neighbors with gravel driveways, where the blower is difficult to use. I would probably use it as well when there are small snowfalls as I believe it would quite a bit faster, than both the blower and using just the bucket. I move the snow on up to 8 driveways in the neighborhood.

    There are used box blades available quite often in this area. I don't want to invest a lot, as this isn't my primary snow removal tool, and having it as a dual purpose (still be able to use it as a back box blade) appeals to me.

    Obviously I would have to add skid shoes to the side (easy enough), probably add a rubber edge (fairly easy) and come up with a loader mount (several options here.)

    So, my question...has anyone taken a rear box blade and added the FEL mounts to use as a snow pusher?

    I've never used a box blade, so perhaps my idea is a little too far fetched.

    What are the thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!
    With a good welder, I guess anything is possible. One thing to consider is that a box blade is very heavy.
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    I've had this exact same idea myself. I picked up a 1/4" thick bare JD quick attach plate from Titan, specifically for this project. Which i have yet to undertake.
    I don't even think welding is necessary to accomplish this, unless you just plan on adding brackets right to the box blade. But, with a bare JDQA or SSQA plate, i think bolting the box blade to it with some large (5/8"-3/4") grade 8 hardware in 6-8 spots, would accomplish the same result. Make some skids for the sides, and replace the cutting edge with some stall mat or rubber, remove rear cutting edge, cut the 3 point mounts off the BB, and it ought to work out pretty good.
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    I don't see why not. I assume you would take both cutting blades off the box blade and replace with a single rubber blade? Then would just need to weld on the mounts to accept the loader arms and away you go. Just have to get the geometry right for the mounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scronbaugh View Post
    So, my question...has anyone taken a rear box blade and added the FEL mounts to use as a snow pusher?

    I've never used a box blade, so perhaps my idea is a little too far fetched.

    What are the thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!
    As others have mentioned, anything is possible with a welder, cutter and grinder - and TIME. But I believe using a box blade as a FEL snow plow is simply the wrong implement for the job. First it is WAY too heavy. Even a 48-inch box blade weighs in around 450 lbs. That much weight is going to dig into the gravel, skid shoes or not. A snow plow doesn't need to be heavy, in fact some are made of poly.

    It would make more sense to find an old beater rear blade on Craigslist and cobble it up to mount to the FEL.
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    I think the idea is interesting. I'm not sure how the snow is going to act with the 3pt mount and the ripper bar in the space it wants to occupy. If you have a use for a box blade, it seems like you could modify if and only be out your time and ~$200. I'd personally choose to use the mounting plates form Artillian over the larger one from Titan. At the size of box blade you'd want to use, you don't need the taller Titan plate just for the larger loader frames. The Artillian one is a little more, but better suited for what you're doing and shouldn't interfere with the rear cutting edge.

    For Your JDQA Projects

    Their web page won't let me link to the exact product, its the bottom one on that page. I used one of these to build something a long time ago and it was great quality and perfect fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug Ugly View Post
    I think the idea is interesting. I'm not sure how the snow is going to act with the 3pt mount and the ripper bar in the space it wants to occupy. If you have a use for a box blade, it seems like you could modify if and only be out your time and ~$200. I'd personally choose to use the mounting plates form Artillian over the larger one from Titan. At the size of box blade you'd want to use, you don't need the taller Titan plate just for the larger loader frames. The Artillian one is a little more, but better suited for what you're doing and shouldn't interfere with the rear cutting edge.

    For Your JDQA Projects

    Their web page won't let me link to the exact product, its the bottom one on that page. I used one of these to build something a long time ago and it was great quality and perfect fit.
    Those are nice and being bare bones, great for projects like this. But i gotta say, I only paid $118 shipped for the 1/4" bare JDQA plate from Titan and it's painted JD green. I do like that Artillian offers just the JDQA mounts themselves. I probably would have bought those had i known about them, even tho they're $160.
    I used a 60" box blade behind my Kubota last year, pulling the snow to the end of the drive and back pushing it into the ditch. The snow just falls right out. Worked decent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdforever View Post
    With a good welder, I guess anything is possible. One thing to consider is that a box blade is very heavy.
    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    As others have mentioned, anything is possible with a welder, cutter and grinder - and TIME. But I believe using a box blade as a FEL snow plow is simply the wrong implement for the job. First it is WAY too heavy. Even a 48-inch box blade weighs in around 450 lbs. That much weight is going to dig into the gravel, skid shoes or not. A snow plow doesn't need to be heavy, in fact some are made of poly.

    It would make more sense to find an old beater rear blade on Craigslist and cobble it up to mount to the FEL.
    Weight was a concern I had, but in researching actual snow pushers...a 72" has weights from 350-450#, whereas, the box blades aren't much different with them being 450-500# from what I've seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug Ugly View Post
    I think the idea is interesting. I'm not sure how the snow is going to act with the 3pt mount and the ripper bar in the space it wants to occupy. If you have a use for a box blade, it seems like you could modify if and only be out your time and ~$200. I'd personally choose to use the mounting plates form Artillian over the larger one from Titan. At the size of box blade you'd want to use, you don't need the taller Titan plate just for the larger loader frames. The Artillian one is a little more, but better suited for what you're doing and shouldn't interfere with the rear cutting edge.

    For Your JDQA Projects

    Their web page won't let me link to the exact product, its the bottom one on that page. I used one of these to build something a long time ago and it was great quality and perfect fit.

    The scarifier cross brace was some thing that I had not really considered.....

    Yes, in my mind I would plan to uses the brackets from Artillian or titan. I have Artillian pallet forks now.

    Thanks for the responses. Seems like I'm not toooooo far off of this thinking. Was hoping someone has done this and could share their experience. Do folks have an issue with the cross support when using a box blade on the 3pt to move snow?

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by scronbaugh View Post
    Do folks have an issue with the cross support when using a box blade on the 3pt to move snow?

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    Scott

    It was never an issue, in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SRG View Post
    It was never an issue, in my experience.
    Thanks!
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