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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
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    I've looked at them also...even talked with one of the owners since he is sort-of local to me. Seems like a great niche' product that I might buy for next year to try. A few reviews on GTT, OTT and TBN I've read are all very favorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    I've looked at them also...even talked with one of the owners since he is sort-of local to me. Seems like a great niche' product that I might buy for next year to try. A few reviews on GTT, OTT and TBN I've read are all very favorable.
    That's good to know.

    The only reason I hesitate not to buy a pair now (could really test them out within a month or so) is spending the money. Used to be I would just get something like this but my hobby/tractor fund doesn't get replenished now a days. Also, I kind of got my heart set on a snow pusher for next year and to do that I have to be vigilant in saving up for it.

    My problem is I have a "want list" of tractor goodies that seems to grow - but the Edge Tamer has gone to the top of the list quickly.

    Even with a snow pusher the Edge Tamer on the bucket still might be the way to go plowing early and late season on a thawed driveway. Hopefully I'll end up with both!
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    I was reading the FAQs and it pointed out a good point for me. I have a long nearly 1/4 gravel driveway that i try to keep crowned as much as possible.
    It mentioned using 3 shoes for heavy crowns which is a good idea.

    I have so many ideas for next year snow removal that all cost money.
    I really like the Artillian set up with angle 54" plow on loader arms. Naturally that is gonna cost the most too.
    The snow pusher is another option and a great one. But in long stretches through the woods i would need a bunch of areas to push it off the road.
    Cleared fine with bucket this year. Takes a long time naturally.
    Those shoes would help alot and be the cheapest mod.

    Decisions, decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    I was reading the FAQs and it pointed out a good point for me. I have a long nearly 1/4 gravel driveway that i try to keep crowned as much as possible.
    It mentioned using 3 shoes for heavy crowns which is a good idea.

    I have so many ideas for next year snow removal that all cost money.
    I really like the Artillian set up with angle 54" plow on loader arms. Naturally that is gonna cost the most too.
    The snow pusher is another option and a great one. But in long stretches through the woods i would need a bunch of areas to push it off the road.
    Cleared fine with bucket this year. Takes a long time naturally.
    Those shoes would help alot and be the cheapest mod.

    Decisions, decisions.
    Same here - I've been evaluating all the different scenarios this winter.

    I was very fortunate in obtaining a set of Artillian forks in December. That fact made me naturally gravitate to the 54 plow setup. But after hours of thinking about it and paying attention to how I actually plow my place a regular plow just doesn't make much sense. Since I've been using my bucket for years now I have a system where I do all straight pushes anyway and it works out great. I keep the intersection of my driveway pushed way back so there is plenty of room to turn around. Also this helps if the snow pack on the driveway proper turns to ice (as it always does if it warms up and rains like it is going to do today) - I can cheat off the edges of the driveway to gets some traction.

    I really have my heart set on a pusher since I do most all straight pushes anyway. But the finances might dictate that I skid that. The Edge Tamer would be a very good alternative for me. The only thing that I can't get past is leaving 1/2" of snow when the driveway is frozen. As dieselshadow suggested above, I could just use them when the driveway is soft. But one of the main reasons I am looking at the Edge Tamer is to save my cutting edge. After 7 winters now my cutting edge is showing some wear. I don't want to think about the cost of replacing it as it is not a removable edge. So if I would use the Edge Tamer when the driveway is soft, then just plain bucket the rest of the season, I am still wearing my cutting edge.

    And even if I did manage to swing a pusher, I might still want to use the Edge Tamer on the bucket when the driveway is soft.

    Tough decisions like you say.......

    This is half my driveway and intersection:

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Same here - I've been evaluating all the different scenarios this winter.

    I was very fortunate in obtaining a set of Artillian forks in December. That fact made me naturally gravitate to the 54 plow setup. But after hours of thinking about it and paying attention to how I actually plow my place a regular plow just doesn't make much sense. Since I've been using my bucket for years now I have a system where I do all straight pushes anyway and it works out great. I keep the intersection of my driveway pushed way back so there is plenty of room to turn around. Also this helps if the snow pack on the driveway proper turns to ice (as it always does if it warms up and rains like it is going to do today) - I can cheat off the edges of the driveway to gets some traction.

    I really have my heart set on a pusher since I do most all straight pushes anyway. But the finances might dictate that I skid that. The Edge Tamer would be a very good alternative for me. The only thing that I can't get past is leaving 1/2" of snow when the driveway is frozen. As dieselshadow suggested above, I could just use them when the driveway is soft. But one of the main reasons I am looking at the Edge Tamer is to save my cutting edge. After 7 winters now my cutting edge is showing some wear. I don't want to think about the cost of replacing it as it is not a removable edge. So if I would use the Edge Tamer when the driveway is soft, then just plain bucket the rest of the season, I am still wearing my cutting edge.

    And even if I did manage to swing a pusher, I might still want to use the Edge Tamer on the bucket when the driveway is soft.

    Tough decisions like you say.......
    Yes, you will flip your lid when you get a pusher.
    No more stopping to dump the bucket at the end of a push. Just boom up and the snow load falls out the bottom.
    Nice and quick and you're back in reverse.

    The little layer of snow concerns me a little too. As much as i'd hate to get an ice layer built up, i think i hate gouging my gravel up and dumping it on the grass and in the woods even more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Same here - I've been evaluating all the different scenarios this winter.

    I was very fortunate in obtaining a set of Artillian forks in December. That fact made me naturally gravitate to the 54 plow setup. But after hours of thinking about it and paying attention to how I actually plow my place a regular plow just doesn't make much sense. Since I've been using my bucket for years now I have a system where I do all straight pushes anyway and it works out great. I keep the intersection of my driveway pushed way back so there is plenty of room to turn around. Also this helps if the snow pack on the driveway proper turns to ice (as it always does if it warms up and rains like it is going to do today) - I can cheat off the edges of the driveway to gets some traction.

    I really have my heart set on a pusher since I do most all straight pushes anyway. But the finances might dictate that I skid that. The Edge Tamer would be a very good alternative for me. The only thing that I can't get past is leaving 1/2" of snow when the driveway is frozen. As dieselshadow suggested above, I could just use them when the driveway is soft. But one of the main reasons I am looking at the Edge Tamer is to save my cutting edge. After 7 winters now my cutting edge is showing some wear. I don't want to think about the cost of replacing it as it is not a removable edge. So if I would use the Edge Tamer when the driveway is soft, then just plain bucket the rest of the season, I am still wearing my cutting edge.

    And even if I did manage to swing a pusher, I might still want to use the Edge Tamer on the bucket when the driveway is soft.

    Tough decisions like you say.......

    This is half my driveway and intersection:
    Coaltrain,

    By the looks of things you've mastered the art of plowing with a bucket! I think the Edge Tamers are a good idea and may reduce scraping. I also believe they will definitely leave a thin base which will most likely ice over. You mentioned the possibility of upgrading to a snow pusher. Would you go wider than your current bucket?

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    An older "pusher" thread that has some good info:
    http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...ow-pusher.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    Coaltrain,

    By the looks of things you've mastered the art of plowing with a bucket! I think the Edge Tamers are a good idea and may reduce scraping. I also believe they will definitely leave a thin base which will most likely ice over. You mentioned the possibility of upgrading to a snow pusher. Would you go wider than your current bucket?

    Frank
    One of the problems I have this time of year is the snow pack. It's not really a problem until it warms up like today. You can see in my pics that even with using the plain bucket it still leaves some snow pack.

    The snow pusher comes in 2 sizes with the Deere quick attach - 6' & 7' - I would definitely get the 6'.

    Yeah - like I said earlier - I have the straight pushing with the bucket down to a science. A snow pusher would just be a cherry on top! Even taking my time I do what you see in the pics plus the driveway to the house and trails in about 1 hour 20 minutes. I have all the time in the world and enjoy doing it so I'm not looking to increase my speed. That's what' happened when I had my 757 zero turn - didn't take long enough to mow!

    One of my main concerns and why I was looking at the Edge Tamer is my bucket edge - just took a quick shot. This is of course after 7 years use:

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