My snow configuration on my 1025R is to have the loader on the front with a 54“ blower on the rear. I have a gravel driveway so I keep the blower set pretty high and use the loader to scrape down to grade, or for the smaller snowfalls.
The issue I run into the that when pushing up the hill with the loader when I have snow blower lifted, if the edge digs in at all, the loader will fold up and the front wheels will come off the ground. This makes steering difficult. If I put the blower down, then I've lost a lot of weight on the wheels and traction becomes and issue (I do have chains on the rear).
I saw a pic on here of someone putting a few suitcase weights directly on the front part of the tractor frame. Not on a weight rack, but where the rack would mount. The loader cleared the weights in this configuration. This seemed like it might be a good solution to help keep the front wheels down.
So yesterday I mowed for the last time and today I switched everything over for snow. (70 degrees a few days ago, not sure it broke 40 today.) I put some weights on the front and they do clear the loader cross member, but they rest on the parking stand, especially it I fill it up with 5. 4 doesn't seem too bad. There also doesn't seem to be too much clearance behind the weights and the plastic below the grill.
So my question are:
- Should I be worried about the weights riding on the parking stand or hurting the plastic?
- If I shelled out the > $200 for the weight rack, will the loader still clear?