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    Loader Snow Removal

    Guessing this has been asked and answered a million times but.... I plan to use the loader on my 1023 to clear snow. We don't get enough where I'm at to justify the cost of a plow or blower. For those of you that use your loader for snow (or anyone else), is marking/scratching your concrete driveway a problem?
    2012 1023E, 60d MMM, H120 Loader

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    I used mine on an asphalt driveway with no issue. It left some marks, but by spring I never really saw anything. My driveway isn't real pretty though... It works, but it'll be clunky at best. Finding the point where the front wheels can turn and the loader isn't leaving snow is the bigger issue. The geometry of the loader will cause the front end to lift when you get to pushing snow. Makes for a pain on any kind of hill or slope. When pushing across unfozen ground be very careful as it'll remove lots of turf very quickly. Keep and eye on your cutting edge. Mine seemed to be wearing more than I wanted. I know the 54" blade is spendy, but it's worth every penny....

    When doing normal loader work the speed never seemed to bug me. Once I started using it for snow it seemed extremely slow. Not sure why other than I was in a hurry to clear the drive before work.

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    I've used my loader to clear snow for the last two years, and last year was a doozy. I cleared my drive (gravel) and both of my neighbors drives (asphalt) and didn't scrape anything up at all. Just be wary of your bucket edge and you should be able to get away with not scraping things up. Just make sure you set your bucket level indicator.

    My driveway is about 150 feet long with a large parking area. If we get 6" of snow, it will take about 45 min. to clear, mostly due to the plow trucks closing in the end of the drive about 2 feet deep with heavy wet snow. I then would clear the neighbor's drive which are shorter (about 50 feet long, double wide). Usually would take about 15-20 min. each.
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    I use my loader in conjunction with a 5 foot rear blade. To keep the cutting edge off the driveway, I use a piece of 2" pvc pipe. I cut it just short
    of the bucket width and then cut a slot in it, length wise, with a table saw. Use a rubber or dead blow mallet to drive it over the cutting edge. Depending
    on the winter I usually go thru 2 in a winter. Works for me and is pretty cheap.
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    PVC cutting edge, I must try that. Sounds like a winner to me. Savin the $$$

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    PVC on cutting edge, awesome.

    I bet it would work on my gravel drive as well. Big problem trying not to gouge into the gravel. When the thaw comes I find some of my gravel in the yard PITA.

    Might have to fab one up, have the PVC.

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    I use my orange tractor and loader to move snow the last to years, I did wear the cutting edge some due to I needed to dig in to get the ice off, very steep drive.
    Sold that tractor this summer and bought green and installed the piranha tooth bar. I just ordered a straight blade from them also to use for snow. I figure this will keep my bucket edge in good shape.


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    Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly do you mean by wearing out the cutting edge. It's metal vs snow and ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbowen89 View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly do you mean by wearing out the cutting edge. It's metal vs snow and ice.
    It's more like metal vs asphalt, concrete, and gravel
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbowen89 View Post
    Excuse my ignorance, but what exactly do you mean by wearing out the cutting edge. It's metal vs snow and ice.
    True, but it's constantly grinding on concrete or asphalt.

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