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!