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I bought my 1025r TLB back in April with the mower and my god I love this machine. Main reasons for buying was for mowing and plowing the driveway. The driveway is 350 ft long. All I have is the bucket. It's stone driveway so I'm kinda leaning away from snowblower. I feel like the bucket would fill really quick with the western New York snow we get. Would a 6 foot snow pusher be too much for the machine or worth the purchase?


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I'd be looking for a front blade.
 

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I was told a 1025R would handle a 72" pusher the problem would be traction. I ended up going with a 60" blade from Compact Tractor Attachments. I thought the 54" Deere blade seemed a little small because once angled it won't cover the width of the tires and it has those goofy little feet. Of course with the blade I bought you need the quick hitch for it to mount to. I also have about 300 feet of gravel and I thought a pusher would put a lot of strain on my end loader
 

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Get the Artillian setup for the 54" blade and loader arms: 54 Plow Products. Previously used a blower on my X475 for over a decade. Went with the Artillian setup for the JD blade and it's awesome. Get a set of pallet forks while you are at it - they are also one of the most used accessories on my 1025R. Be happy to answer any specific questions you have. I have a pretty steep section of uphill on my drive and I even did not need any ballast for traction. We had some icy conditions here last winter my driveway is paved and without chains my X475 struggled at times with the blower. If you also get his blade extensions it covers the full width of the tractor as well. The tractor handled everything with ease.

Here is a short video I made plowing part of my drive last winter. Not a very good one but gives you the idea of how nice this setup moves snow and no worries about piling it as you can go as high as the loader arms will lift.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-NKQi1c9YY

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I bought my 1025r TLB back in April with the mower and my god I love this machine. Main reasons for buying was for mowing and plowing the driveway. The driveway is 350 ft long. All I have is the bucket. It's stone driveway so I'm kinda leaning away from snowblower. I feel like the bucket would fill really quick with the western New York snow we get. Would a 6 foot snow pusher be too much for the machine or worth the purchase?


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If you have a ditch on each side of the driveway then a snowplow makes more sense as you will have some place to put the snow. If you do not, the spacing is tight, then a snowblower makes more sense.

If the snow is sticky the plow will shove as much gravel around as the snow blower. When the ground is frozen and hard the snowblower won't pick up as many rocks anyways. The only difference is any rocks that the snowblower picks up will get lobbed along with the snow off to the side. I have a 200' driveway with shallow slopes up into the woods on both sides so I have to be able to put snow as far into the woods as possible. The few times I hired someone to plow my driveway with a truck the snow would pile up fast.

I used to do the driveway with a walk behind machine (Ariens) and had the skids set up so that the auger was a good 3/4" or so off the ground and it hardly ever picked up gravel.
 

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I bought my 1025r TLB back in April with the mower and my god I love this machine. Main reasons for buying was for mowing and plowing the driveway. The driveway is 350 ft long. All I have is the bucket. It's stone driveway so I'm kinda leaning away from snowblower. I feel like the bucket would fill really quick with the western New York snow we get. Would a 6 foot snow pusher be too much for the machine or worth the purchase?


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I'm live in Michigan where 4 -6 foot of snow is not uncommon. My driveway is only about 200' and one thing that I'm confident on is that your bucket wont do it effectively. It will keep it clean but not without some serious hours in the snow.

Having had both - Blade and Blower - My vote is if its at all possible lean back to the blower.

Down side - Blade you have to be sure to push far enough back from the beginning and You more than likely will have multiple mounds along your 350' drive, a blade cant drop to the ground and go the full distance. Blower that wind changes direction quickly and BAM you have snow in face.

Up side Blade you don't have snow blown face - Snow blower you almost cant over feed the blower until the snow is over the top of the blower. I've tried.

Nutshell :

Blade rates better than Bucket
Blower rates better than Blade
 

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I am pretty much in the same boat, except my drive is paved. The garage has 4 bays so the concrete area in front is 50x30 and the paving necks it into the drive.

My plan for 1st winter is a snow pusher from CT Attachments on the front and a blade Kutter on the back. That gives me a rubber and UHD edge up front and the blade to scape if required.

Neigbor thinks I should get a blower, he uses a John Deere A with a back blade and a Farmall with a trip bucket and added box over it. I was thinking maybe rear blower next year if I have issues this winter.

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One more thing I almost forgot - Get rear chains - I thought the tractor being 4x4 would be no problem but in reality - the R4's are the only tire I've had so I cant speak for the others and mine were terrible in snow until I got rear chains.
 
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One more thing I almost forgot - Get rear chains - I thought the tractor being 4x4 would be no problem but in reality - the R4's are the only tire I've had so I cant speak for the others and mine were terrible in snow until I got rear chains.
:thumbup1gif:Whatever you do don't tell DRobinson. :lol:
 
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My driveway is only 150' long. The last 3 years I used a 54" blade with a 318 and a 430 garden tractor. It worked pretty darn good although we don't get the deep snows here in St.Louis. I was hoping to use the blade with the 1025r but there are so many other things I want to buy for it, I don't feel like spending $600-700 on a quick attach.
I think in your situation I would go with the snow pusher. By the way, I love your garage:cheers:
 

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I have a gravel driveway too. I start the winter with the skids on my 47" blower set so the cutting edge is up off the dirt a ways. It leaves some snow to drive on and pack down. As winter progresses, and the ground freezes solid, I set the edge lower. I'm lucky the driveway is level, or I'd have to pave it and set to blower to scrape off all the snow.
I have a horseshoe shaped drive with two entrances. It totals about 150 feet or so. I end up launching a few rocks once in a while, but most of the time the gravel stays in the driveway. Not like the plow truck jockeys that plow out my neighbors and end up piling a mess of rocks into their yard...

I'd like to have the J-D plow blade for the light snows too.


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I'd get a plow before I'd go with a pusher. The pushers are designed to do just that - push. The snow doesn't roll off to the side. They're great for parking lots where you want to push snow, but not so great for a driveway or street. In a driveway, you've got to stop/start constantly pushing snow off to the side. With the plow, you just angle the blade and it dumps the snow off to the side so you can move in a continuous motion.
 
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Chains,,, FIRST !!

The JD 650 is stuck in this pic, 4WD and differential lock was no help,,, :dunno:



How would you use a blade, blower, or loader,,, if the machine will not move?

I have chains for the 650 (rear), but, have not tried them yet.

My "other" tractor moves the snow.
 
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SIL found out real quick, a long drive and a lot of snow FEL PIA. After trying to clear 30" of snow with bucket 2 hrs later and only about 100' of his 3/4mile drive he found his front angle blade. Finished his driveway in about 1 1/2 hrs. He's looking for a blower and his driveways is gravel .

I have a rear and front blade, fel and blower. Doing 15-20 driveways ,some gravel ,some asphalt and others concrete. At the beginning of winter and till things freeze over usually start with the front blade, and then after a few snows move to the blower. Letting a 1/2-1" of snow on gravel or stone driveways usually works well with blower.

As someone else suggested get chains for the traction, also with blower or front blade I usually have about 125-150# hanging off the back end.
 

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As others have said if your drive is gravel and as long as the drive is maintained you should be able to use a snow blower set higher up. For western New York you probably see some good snowfall so if you get a blade just be sure you have a place to push it to as you can't get enough speed with a 1 series to be able to throw it far with a blade.
 

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As others have said if your drive is gravel and as long as the drive is maintained you should be able to use a snow blower set higher up. For western New York you probably see some good snowfall so if you get a blade just be sure you have a place to push it to as you can't get enough speed with a 1 series to be able to throw it far with a blade.
OR,,, move to a place, where NO MATTER how much snow you get,,,
the snow will always melt between storms!! :good2:



For us, snow is just fun. Either go out and move it for play,
or wait a day or two,, and it is ALL gone,,, :plowsnow:

(NOTE: I think the snow in the pic did take a week to go away,,, it was a BIG one,,)
 

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FWIW..

I just got quotes for snow removal equipment for my 1025.

54" blade $1436 plus tax and install.

54" two stage snow blower $3736 plus tax install.

Both are JD equipment from my local dealer.


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Lots of great input. Just remembered we got an old 72 inch back blade from the farm I could put on the back 3 point too


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I know a snowblower is more than the blade but for me the OCD factor of the clean lines a snowblower makes versus the plow piles made it worthwhile.
 

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Check out this member's post for Edge Tamers, probably the least cost alternative allowing you to use your loader bucket to remove snow without tearing up the bucket. http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/r2-manufacturing/17623-edge-tamer-bucket-edge-skid-shoes-post189572.html#post189572. This is available from one of our supporting Vendors R2 Manufacturing.

In addition to the Deere and GTT Vendor products, here's another at $1100 (plus the electric / hydro angle kit if wanted, which is an additional $760) :


Since I already have a plow on the ATV and a walk behind snow thrower, I'm going to go with the Edge Tamers alone this year, in case I need a snow removal assist from the Tractor. While I don't know how much snow I'm going to get, I KNOW for sure there are going to be lots of leaves, and I promised the wife a pull behind leaf vacuum
 
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