I also have the 54" snow blower that seems to work well. I'm sure the 47" does too. I also have plowed snow with the 54" blade---for 20 years. Sometimes a blade would be a lot quicker than a blower. With a blade, in some winters, you will get big banks of snow on both sides of your driveway which might be a problem. No snow banks with a blower. The blade is very little maintenance. The blower has grease fittings, shear pins, hoses etc. to deal with. The blower can freeze up between snowfalls if not stored in a warm garage---no worries with the blade. The blade takes up less storage space and is easier to handle for one person. Good luck with your decision.
That's a good answer. What is your budget for this task? I'm thinking that the job isn't necessarily easily accomplished by only one tool. If you are required to keep 16mi x 5 feet opened under all conditions you will likely need multiple implements (and maybe a larger tractor).Asphalt
IMHO...the extra 7 inches is well worth the $. I don't know the details of the 1026r but TractorData states the width at just over 47". Again, not knowing the details I don't know if you can switch the tires from side to side to increase or decrease width as you can with the 2x20 series. I had a 47" on our 2320 and 2520 and just last year moved up to the 54" (on the 2520). You can definately tell you are moving more snow but I didn't notice any significant drop in power. I recognize we have different tractors but you are talking about less the 1.5 hp (25.2 vs 26.5).
I just purchased a 54" quich hitch blade for my 1023e. How many inches of snow will it be able to handle if we get dumped on?I'd vote for the 54". A 47 would require two passes and that is 32 miles!
In a heavy snowfall you might overload the 54" blower only if you tried to go too fast. If it is deep, just go slower.
A blade would be a problem because after a while you would have a bank of snow on the side that would have to be pushed back.
I'd also recommend a good heavy duty jumpsuit to stay warm!