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    1025R Snow Assault Plow or Push?

    That time of the year is very near or even already here depending on where you call home. I'm on the "dark side" of Lake Michigan so we get the dreaded lake effect snow. They usually follow a system snow pattern in our area so its not unusual to get a 4 to 6 inch system snow followed by several inches of lake effect. I have over 1000 feet of gravel drive to clear and a large cement pad area at the house. In the past I've used an old Dodge plow truck with a 7.5 blade and suffered the dreaded spring gravel cleanup even when I'm careful and only plow after we've built a base of snow over the gravel. This year I plan to put my little Deere to work. I have the 54" blower but I am well aware that it is most likely useless and not worth the risk of shearing pins, chucking gravel or even spreading gravel all over the mow areas so I am considering a plow or snow pusher. No offense to anyone that has one but I'm not keen on JD's little yellow 54" plow. It seems too light to me so I am considering one from an independent builder in Wisconsin. He makes a nice plow blade that attaches directly to the quick attach bracket like the 54" JD one. I'm thinking a 60" but he also builds a 66" for just a little more money. I'd like to hear from y'all that have gone down this snowy road before me. I'll attach a pic or two of the blade from the Wisconsin fella below.
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    I'm thinking maybe I should have posted this in the implement and attachment section?
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    The gravel in the grass with the Dodge comes from driving too fast.
    I plow about 1/4 mile of gravel drive,,, and only get gravel in the grass when I go fast.
    In the spring, I do have gravel in the ditches, but, that is easily recovered.

    Can the Dodge go slow,, and still plow?

    Slow is what you will achieve with a blade on a SCUT,,, BUT,,,
    I would miss the heater in the Dodge,,,

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    looking forward to year #2 with the 60" CT Attachments Plow. Hopefully, we will have a more normal winter in NW OH.
    This sucker is well built and built like a tank.
    IF you already have a blower, why not put it on some casters/shoes and raise that baby up a bit above the stones?

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    Plows and pushers do two different things. With a plow, you can roll the snow off to one side as you move forward. With a pusher, you can't. You have to have somewhere to push the load of snow and then back out of it. The advantage to a pusher is that you don't lose snow off the ends, so they're good for clearing open areas like parking lots. With a 1,000' driveway I would expect the plow to be much more efficient because you can roll the snow out of the way and continue forward. The pusher would fill up with snow and have to be steered off to one side, then back up into the driveway and go forward for another load, dump to the side, etc...

    Plows, pushers, and blowers can all redistribute gravel. Speed can be a factor, along with cutting edge height. For plowing our gravel road I run the skid shoes about 1" below the cutting edge. When it's soft, the skids will sink a little under the weight of the plow and end up maybe 1/2" above the road. If you still have the Dodge, I think a set of skid shoes for the plow on the truck and the pusher for your tractor to handle the parking area would be a great setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwohio2320 View Post
    looking forward to year #2 with the 60" CT Attachments Plow. Hopefully, we will have a more normal winter in NW OH.
    This sucker is well built and built like a tank.
    Be careful with larger blades. While some of the blades that are available are built like tanks, the Quick-Attach on the front of the 1-series is not. It is built for a garden tractor and is barely adequate to even handle the 54" blade. I have seen the front hitches get mangled from using larger blades.

    IF you already have a blower, why not put it on some casters/shoes and raise that baby up a bit above the stones?
    I've been snow blowing gravel driveways for over 30 years. All you need to do is raise the shoes a bit and you won't collect any gravel. I have the 54" front blower on my 2720 and I installed a set of larger shoes from the folks below which allows more adjustment and since they are longer it spreads the weight out more.

    Snow Blower Skids For Sidewalks and Gravel Drives

    I also use a blade on the rear of the tractor. I normally push backwards with the back curve of the blade. This allows me to scrape the driveway bare without collecting a lot of gravel.
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    I also have a CTA 60" blade. This is my first year with it. We are doing the change over this weekend. It seems well built and I don't think you could wrong with it. I don't think I'd go with the 66".
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    I have one of the little yellow JD blades and if I had known about this blade when I bought mine, I would have bought the JD hitch and a 60" blade. I think you will find a couple more threads on here about the blade that you are looking at.
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    Ran a 66" blade on our JD650 for many years. Been running a 72" on the 2320 since 2008.
    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...html#post22106
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    j. white, A similar post here on GTT http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...-compacts.html
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