I'm still having trouble convincing myself which way to go. I'm currently leaning toward a front Quick Hitch mounted snow blade which leaves me the option for later adding a snowblower without having to drive in reverse. I have about a 200' driveway, paved with a slight slope, and a roughly 30 x 40 turnaround at the house. Most winters I average maybe 4-6 snows with those averaging 1-8 inches. Nothing any plow for my tractor can't handle at idle. However, every few years we get a 12+ storm and every 5-6 years 24+. Even 12" I suspect I'd be able to handle with a front blade but above that is where a snowblower shows up on the really really wish I had list.
Plan B, which occasionally oscillates around to plan A then back again, is a loader mounted blade and for the rare but occasional big one use the FEL bucket with a set of Edge Tamers. Thing is, I know how well a snowblower does in deep snows from the old walk behind I had. I'm not sure how well using the FEL bucket will work when we get a deep one. One thing it does have going for it is no $3000+ snowblower investment for something I may use sometime in the next few years. Although if I had the blower I'd probably use it on anything above 6".
For a little insight as to the kind of buyer I am. The first winter I had a walk behind snowblower it got zero use and I didn't mind. The second season we had a 30+ inch blizzard and I considered the snowblower paid for from that storm on. My other removal implement at the time was a 42" plow (14" tall) on the front of the LX186 tractor and a hand shovel.
So, from those that have been using these machines for many years of snow removal, what are your thoughts?