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    Today was the first test of the new X738 and the 54" blade. All I can say is that I'm more than happy with the results. The hydraulics worked flawlessly, which I already knew they would, but the big surprise was the speed and efficiency. I was able to do the driveway to the asphalt 300+ feet up hill 3 cars wide with turn around and access to rear of house in 20 minutes. 12" deep, wet, heavy snow in 20 minutes. Then I did 3 more smaller driveways for my neighbors in less than an hour.

    Also, by lifting the blade at the end of the push I was able to move snow 3-4 feet past the edge of the driveway eliminating any space problems.
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    impressive!!! that leaves more time for hanging by the fire and enjoying "special" hot chocolates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOBL View Post
    Today was the first test of the new X738 and the 54" blade. All I can say is that I'm more than happy with the results. The hydraulics worked flawlessly, which I already knew they would, but the big surprise was the speed and efficiency. I was able to do the driveway to the asphalt 300+ feet up hill 3 cars wide with turn around and access to rear of house in 20 minutes. 12" deep, wet, heavy snow in 20 minutes. Then I did 3 more smaller driveways for my neighbors in less than an hour.

    Also, by lifting the blade at the end of the push I was able to move snow 3-4 feet past the edge of the driveway eliminating any space problems.

    Glad you are pleased with your equipment. The x7xx series is a real workhorse and does a great job on residential driveways. Having the ability to reverse direction and push snow in both directions when plowing the driveways makes the entire process so much easier and faster. When I plow, I plan carefully to avoid any movements which aren't pushing snow as every second with the plow in the air or backing up is time not clearing snow.................

    Had you ever plowed your driveway with anything else before, or is the first time plowing your driveway? When you can push the first snow of the year, which is almost always wet and heavy, the rest of the snow is even easier and faster as the colder it gets and when the ground freezes, the snow plowing gets even easier with the snow being lighter and the traction even better...........

    I wonder what percentage of John Deere owners DON'T plow at least one or more other neighbors driveways? It can't be very many. No wonder all the neighbors are always excited when someone in the neighborhood gets a new John Deere.....

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    Sully,
    I've been in this house about 40 years and plowed 30 of them. I used a Sears GT18 for quite some time after I paved the driveway, then went to a blower, then back to the GT18, then as I got older went to another blower, and older still back to the plow with an X580.

    The 580 needed Terragrips, the X738 needs just the blade. At 68 it was a pleasure to drive up and down taking full blades full of snow at full speed. The real test was pushing up the hill, and that wasn't much of a test for the 738 and 4wd. And I really like the way the 4wd is engaged but doesn't push the tractor where you don't want to go. Just a joy, and after all these years plowing the driveway I have to wonder why more people don't try the blade before they buy the blower. But, to each their own.
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    I keep on hearing about what a great snow plowing machines they are. After last winter snow storm I was not too impress with my x738 plowing heavy snow. I liquid filled my tires over the summer to give me better traction. I'm yet to find out if that helps. My other options will be removing the blade extensions or Terra grips.

    Here is the link to last winter post

    X738 had a hard time plowing 9" of snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultra7350 View Post
    I keep on hearing about what a great snow plowing machines they are. After last winter snow storm I was not too impress with my x738 plowing heavy snow. I liquid filled my tires over the summer to give me better traction. I'm yet to find out if that helps. My other options will be removing the blade extensions or Terra grips.

    Here is the link to last winter post

    X738 had a hard time plowing 9" of snow.
    Are you still trying to push more blade than is possible?
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    3200lb. hitch mounted winch
    Polar 1700 3/4 ton cart with side rails
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    after going through that thread linked above i got to say... y'all get too much snow!!! i also learned that in my part of NC we get the heavy kind of snow since it will typically happen just slightly below 32 degrees! lots of info in the last post of that thread to digest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tab665 View Post
    after going through that thread linked above i got to say... y'all get too much snow!!! i also learned that in my part of NC we get the heavy kind of snow since it will typically happen just slightly below 32 degrees! lots of info in the last post of that thread to digest.
    Just plowed after the 2nd storm in 2 days. This beast flies through the wet crappy, heavy snow with no real effort at all. Todays storm dropped another 6" on top of yesterdays 12". Piece of cake. No chains, just the stock HDAP tires, and a cup of cofeffee.
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    Various Heavy Hitch adapters, ball hitch, hook, 2" sleeve hitch, etc..
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    Polar 1700 3/4 ton cart with side rails
    Power King 5" 15HP towable chipper

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOBL View Post
    Just plowed after the 2nd storm in 2 days. This beast flies through the wet crappy, heavy snow with no real effort at all. Todays storm dropped another 6" on top of yesterdays 12". Piece of cake. No chains, just the stock HDAP tires, and a cup of cofeffee.
    I plowed snow since 1983 First with a JD R70 & a 38inch Blade then a JD 130 with 42inch Blade for a few years Then In 1988 a JD 240 with a 46inch Blade or a 42inch Thrower for 12 years. Then went Back to a Blade or Loader Bucket for the Next 14 years. On a JD 425 or X485

    Though In that 14 I did have a Cub Cadet 106 with a 36inch single stage But through most of those years starting 2003 till 2014 I used the a X485 with a 54inch Blade.

    Once I Bought the X748 In 2014 I went to a 47inch Two stage Until Last winter and Now have used a 54inch on a 120R Loader using the Artillian system . Used that system for our first snow fall as well several weeks back.

    I still set the X748 up with the 47inch Blower.

    This year I will be using a 60inch CTA Blade On my 120R Loader utilizing the Artillian system. Now My first winter Here 2016-2017 I did Use the 47inch Blower On the X748. For the 2017-2018 winter I did start with the 47inch Blower On the 1025R But By mid winter I was using the 54inch Blade On the Quick Hitch as the snow Falls were only 3 to 6inches by then. Last winter 2018 -2019 I used the 54inch Blade On My 120R Loader using the Artillian system On My 2025R. I did Have the 47inch Blower set Up On MY X748 and only used it once Last winter.

    I have never Had a issue Using a 54inch Blade for snow except once. Snow was Packing snow and it was deep In front of the Garage So I had to use My Cub Cadet 106 to do the first Path from the Garage to the street There and Back Then the X485 with 54inch Blade took over and did the rest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergeant View Post
    I plowed snow since 1983 First with a JD R70 & a 38inch Blade then a JD 130 with 42inch Blade for a few years Then In 1988 a JD 240 with a 46inch Blade or a 42inch Thrower for 12 years. Then went Back to a Blade or Loader Bucket for the Next 14 years. On a JD 425 or X485

    Though In that 14 I did have a Cub Cadet 106 with a 36inch single stage But through most of those years starting 2003 till 2014 I used the a X485 with a 54inch Blade.

    Once I Bought the X748 In 2014 I went to a 47inch Two stage Until Last winter and Now have used a 54inch on a 120R Loader using the Artillian system . Used that system for our first snow fall as well several weeks back.

    I still set the X748 up with the 47inch Blower.

    This year I will be using a 60inch CTA Blade On my 120R Loader utilizing the Artillian system. Now My first winter Here 2016-2017 I did Use the 47inch Blower On the X748. For the 2017-2018 winter I did start with the 47inch Blower On the 1025R But By mid winter I was using the 54inch Blade On the Quick Hitch as the snow Falls were only 3 to 6inches by then. Last winter 2018 -2019 I used the 54inch Blade On My 120R Loader using the Artillian system On My 2025R. I did Have the 47inch Blower set Up On MY X748 and only used it once Last winter.

    I have never Had a issue Using a 54inch Blade for snow except once. Snow was Packing snow and it was deep In front of the Garage So I had to use My Cub Cadet 106 to do the first Path from the Garage to the street There and Back Then the X485 with 54inch Blade took over and did the rest

    I have always wondered why more people don't use a blade, but as I've said before, to each his own. Today the snow was very heavy and water soaked. I pushed with no problems, and had to laugh when it came time to "get to the edge", lift the blade, and drive right over the bank to push the bank back another 4 feet.

    I saw one of my neighbors struggling like hell on the end of his driveway. The blower wouldn't do much and it was almost 50% slush. I drove over and plowed the end of his driveway, then the rest of his driveway. I think he started to drool as he asked me about the tractor. I see an X7xx in his future.
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    Various Heavy Hitch adapters, ball hitch, hook, 2" sleeve hitch, etc..
    3200lb. hitch mounted winch
    Polar 1700 3/4 ton cart with side rails
    Power King 5" 15HP towable chipper

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