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    X738 had a hard time plowing 9" of snow.

    It was the first big blizzard in 10 years in my area. Total of 9" of snow with drifts from the wind. I have a 2016 x738 with JD54" blade. 9" blade extensions to make it a 72" blade. Six suitcase weights on back with a click-n-go bracket.
    So this is the first real test since owning the machine. The results of the x738 that it could barely handle that much snow. It got stuck several times. I even had to get the snow blower out to make a wide path because the x738 could not make it up the hill where it drifted.
    A lot of people on here claim how wonderful it pushes in deep snow. I had to make several passes going forward and reverse where the snow drifted. My opinion is that it pushes snow great 8" or less. Anything close to 10" with drifts it can't really handle it.
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    Sounds like a simple traction issue.

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    Maybe remove your blade extensions? If you were trying to push heavy, icy, and or wet snow you may want to cut back on the plow a bit. These machines do have limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    It was the first big blizzard in 10 years in my area. Total of 9" of snow with drifts from the wind. . . . . My opinion is that it pushes snow great 8" or less. Anything close to 10" with drifts it can't really handle it.
    Drifted snow, if not the worst, is close to it. The light fluffy stuff is a none factor. We had a sideways snow storm yesterday. After the wind went down yesterday evening, I tried to attack it with the snowblower. Lot's of back and forth, but finally got to the highway, about a half mile. I could actually drive on top of the drifts they were packed so hard from the 30 - 40 MPH winds. It was not wet snow as was around 0°F or below the whole time. Today, I blew up to the neighbors at the end of the road. He has a plow on a pickup, but couldn't touch this stuff. After a couple of passes with the blower, he was able to get his truck going up and down the road. Teamwork, I guess.

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    A 6ft blade is a big blade to push 9" of snow with. Just because you CAN doesn't mean you should. Maybe remove the extensions or plow twice instead of wait for it to be all done. Just my 2 cents...

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    10" of snow is a LOT of snow to push with a X738, IMO. Chains or no chains, added weight or no weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDSwan87 View Post
    A 6ft blade is a big blade to push 9" of snow with. Just because you CAN doesn't mean you should. Maybe remove the extensions or plow twice instead of wait for it to be all done. Just my 2 cents...

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    I agree with JDSwan87 that the 6' blade is to big for that amount of snow. I have a 6' blade & a 54" blade that I can choose between, for my X739, depending on the amount of snow.
    I believe I would have removed the extensions based on the amount of snow you had.
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    I plowed commercially for fifteen years or so.
    I used full sized, big block or diesel pickups.
    I have had 30 inches of snow that I could move in one pass and I have had 9 inches of snow that forced my blade to tilt forward and made my truck crab sideways as I pushed.
    These were 7-8+ thousand pound trucks with 8 foot blades.
    I agree with the others about the extensions in this type situation.
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    Put a snowblower on the front of it, some chains on the back, and you will laugh at 3 or even 4 foot snow drifts.
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