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    Is it easier to plow snow with blade on 4 wheeler or blade on 1025r

    I have plowed with a 4 wheeler for years and just bought a 1025r with loader and mower. I'm thinking about adding a front blade or rear blade to plow snow. HISTORY.... I own 20 acres with a pole shed and log garage(man cave) 3 1/2 miles from my home that I usually end of driving my four wheeler to plow 4 or 5 times a year. My house is on a hill with a long driveway and the 4 wheeler has worked well. My thought was if I equipped the new 1025r with front or rear blade I could leave it in my pole shed and not have to drive back and forth (pain). What would you suggest for new 1025r.

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    If its in your budget get a blade. My neighbor has tried to push snow down the 400' dive to my house to help with his big souped up quad and blade and my 425 and 1026 push circles around what he can do when it comes to any deep or heavy snow. I've even pulled him out /w the 425 once. Its a matter of weight and traction that a quad doesnt have on a slick surface while trying to push snow. Not to mention being able to switch the blade angle on the fly with the hydraulics makes it a breeze and time saver. I've found over the years that the rubber squeegee blade kit u can get from deere works great on concrete for scratching as well as gravel as it helps keep from picking and pulling up gravel thats been packed. Leave the skid feet up and out of the way, set it to float and go. The rubber blade will keep from digging in and makes a nice clean pass.

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    While an ATV dosnt have as much push as a small tractor, they are far faster for light snow. I use my ATV for light snow falls. I use my 1026 / 54" blower when there is more than 4-5".
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    2011 1026R / H120 / 60D auto-connect, independent-lift mmm / 54" snowblower / 4' KK Pro rotary mower / KK 4' tiller

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    I use my 1026R with front mounted blower and a rear blade for snow duty. I added the rear blade last year after 8 years of wanting one and I really like it. However, the front blower has spoiled me and I would not want to have to move snow with just the rear blade and FEL. So I would suggest, the front mounted blade.
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    Never owned a 4 wheeler so I have no experience, but bil has a 4x4 4 wheeler , like someone else said it is faster on lighter snow but I can plow much more with front angle blade than he can. I have fel, frt hyd angle blade, 5' rear blade and 47 blower.
    My first choice now is blower when snow amounts about 3-4" ,other wise frt blade. Fel only used to chisel the ice off church parking lot when I can't get it off with frt blade. Had used rear blade to help get corners when using frt blower , but last yr never used the rear blade.
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    I know mine is a tad heavier (~4000 lbs) but, I've pushed 20" deep snow in 3rd high range before. I have an 83" wide blade out front. I was actually trying to find its limits last year. So far I'm very impressed.

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    I pushed a lot of snow with my Polaris Scrambler and 60" Quadboss plow. It worked really well. The 1026R I have got a blade last year because I sold my ATV for a lack of use. The hydraulics make the tractor blade much more friendly to adjusting angle. The Scrambler had the lever lift system and that floated very well. The 1026R in float isn't that smooth, but works well. The ATV is pretty fast and loads of fun. I really like pushing snow with the tractor thou also. It's just not as fast. The 1026R beats the quad in the light and the cup holder department also. Either way I don't think you're going to loose. I'd be willing to bet it would come down to personal preference. If I were to happen to be out of town and my wife had to move snow I'd say the tractor is probably a little easier. The ATV took more "finesse", but I had a Scrambler and not a big utility quad. My wife did plow our drive with the Scrambler and she had no issue doing it. Just a thought.

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    Dalton, I think in your situation you will be a happy camper with the front blade. The 3.5 mile drive to plow snow and then to drive back has got to be a PITA.
    Adding weight to the front blade will make for faster, smoother floating.
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    I would think it would depend greatly on what you have for a 4-wheeler. A BIG 4WD 4-wheeler will have more HP than a 1025 & probably more traction, the softer tires hook up better than the SCUT's do. A rear blade on a SCUT is not an effective tool for large area snow removal.

    I would think a 4WD 4-wheeler would be much faster at removing snow than a 1025.

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    I plow with a Polaris 550 XP with a winch and steel plow. It is fun, fast and I can move even the deep snow with it. I only pulled the tractor out once to move the big piles with the FL. I can wholeheartedly recommend at least my set up for snow plowing 100%.
    2012 2720, 200CX FL, 62D MMM

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