Green Tractor Talk banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I live in the country, all open with nearly a mile of cropland all around me. My driveway is elevated so the wind blows it clean most of the time but around the buildings I get substantial drifting.

Most of the area is gravel with a concrete pad in front of the garage and buildings.

Current snow removal equipment,

1025R w/ Mauser cab, 54 Quick hitch blower, 5' rear blade w/shoes.
318 no cab 54" front blade.
Skid loader.

I use the 1025R to blow the drifts and the rear blade to touch up where the blower rides upon the snow.
The 318 I use for sidewalks and the concrete pads.
I don't use the skid loader because any place I can pile the snow it either puts rock in the fields and lawn, if the ground isn't froze it tears up the lawn, or the piles make the drifting worse the next time it blows.

When the drifts get really deep it takes forever to get through them with the blower and although it only takes me 15 minutes with the 318 with no cab it gets cold, I'm getting older and more of a weenie LOL!

I don't really use the 318 for too many other things the rest of the year so it just sits around in the way.

All of the videos I see of the SB 1154 blowing snow looks like it blows more snow than my 54 front mount.

So what I'm thinking is sell the 54 front mount blower, the 318 and all it's attachments.

Buy a rear mount blower and either a blade for my quick hitch or a loader for my 1025R.

Backing up is not a problem I drive a dump truck and can use the mirrors on the cab to back up. I don't have many obstacles to avoid.

Thoughts?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,718 Posts
With a front blower and rear blade it sounds like you already have the best setup to handle any snow.

I think you’ll find that almost any 3PH snow blower will out perform the 47 or 54 inch front blower if for no other reason than having a MUCH larger impeller.

Also, keep in mind that there are better and in many cases less expensive 3PH blowers out there than the Frontier. Land Pride and Woods come to mind.
 
  • Like
Reactions: JD4044M

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
9,123 Posts
Personally, even with mirrors and the video camera system I use, I just don't like removing snow backwards.

I don't know if you would find the large "improvement" you are hoping with the 3PH snow blower verses the front 54 snow blower, yes, it has a larger impeller, but in my opinion, the disadvantages of operating a rotating auger behind me and relying on mirrors (and video) to see is something I wouldn't exchange for the potential for increased volume.

I think I would try some strategically places snow fencing to try and avoid the drifts near the buildings where they get excessive and take so much time to move. If the drifts are 75 feet from the buildings and not in a driveway or walkway it would reduce the time required to move them.

Many consider the set up you have to be ideal, a front blower and rear 3ph plow blade. I suppose if you went with a rear 3ph blower, you could hang a blade on the front quick hitch and reverse the set up you have now and also reduce your need for the 318.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
5,196 Posts
All of the videos I see of the SB 1154 blowing snow looks like it blows more snow than my 54 front mount.
IMO, that's probably more perception than reality. The SB1154 isn't going to throw much more snow than what you've got. I run a SB1164 on the back of my 2032R and I've been surprised how easy it is to bog that thing down if you move to fast. It works great in the light fluffy stuff but then they all do that pretty well. It's dense packed snow (or slush) that creates all the problems (mine absolutely HATES anything near slush).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
610 Posts
I run a 3pt snowblower and the loader for the same conditions you are talking about and don't want to do it any other way. Even one of the loader mounted blowers isn't that appealing to me because I always end up cleaning up or piling in certain places with the bucket. If you can use mirrors like I can (and it sounds like you can) all the drama about looking backwards goes away.

When I have finger drifts or a lighter dusting of snow occasionally I'll put the 3pt blade on first and make one windrow of snow before switching to the 3pt blower. That's simple with an iMatch.

My equipment now is bigger (4052R), but I had a 2305 with a 3pt blower and loader, it blew snow off the rear pto to the point the chute was the only thing visible above the drifts.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
383 Posts
LT JD,

Sully Bear brought up an interesting point, If you could put up snow fence or other wind break to cut down on the drifting around the buildings, then the issue of cleaning drifts becomes moot.

I have a similar problem with my neighbor's property that I clean. I had requested that they install a snow fence in the past, but last year it didn't get done. What a pain to keep it clean! With the wind blowing the snow towards me, I had to keep working at it, so I understand what you are up against. :banghead:

Dave
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
126 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
LT JD,

Sully Bear brought up an interesting point, If you could put up snow fence or other wind break to cut down on the drifting around the buildings, then the issue of cleaning drifts becomes moot.

I have a similar problem with my neighbor's property that I clean. I had requested that they install a snow fence in the past, but last year it didn't get done. What a pain to keep it clean! With the wind blowing the snow towards me, I had to keep working at it, so I understand what you are up against. :banghead:

Dave
I have tried the snow fence thing, just doesn't work. It's uphill to my place from the north, the photo is looking to the northwest, the snow builds up to the top of the fence then levels off and keeps going till it drops by the buildings.

Over my 40+ years of driving a dump truck I have backed up more miles than a lot of people have driven forward, I have complete confidence with mirrors and backing up.

The main reason for this wild hair is to reduce the amount of equipment I have to maintain maybe make it a little easier to clean snow.
 

Attachments

  • Like
Reactions: JD4044M

·
Registered
Joined
·
439 Posts
Front mount with a back blade for me... easier to just drive into it.
I didn't have problems with the #49 on my 318, I am sure I wont have issues with the 54 on the 1023e.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
207 Posts
I swear by my QH 54” front-mounted blower. The 1025r and that blower are perfectly paired.

My FIL runs a 9 foot farm king double auger monster on the 3 ph of his 100+ HP White with heated cab.

Sure, he wins, but every time I hear from people that love the power of 3ph blowers, they have larger tractors.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top