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Hi,

I was really hoping to keep using my old Cub Cadet to plow snow, but that hinges on getting my engine overhauled. So far it's looking like that won't be happening anytime soon, and now we've already had the first snowstorm of the year. So I'm considering getting a plow for my new 590.

First of all, how heavy is the blade and whatever front attachment(s) that go with it? Secondly, how easy or hard is it to attach/detach? I'm truly spoiled with the old Cub, since that blade attaches in minutes. Finally, I really didn't want a blade as long as 48" since I run into a bit of storage problems with something that large. Another reason I didn't buy it with the tractor is that the dealer had nothing in stock to show me. Hate to spend the (close to) $800 for something I've not even seen.

Thanks for any suggestions...
 

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The blade, once the lift kit is attached, will mount/dismount from the quick hitch in minutes. And, to make life easier the blade has a wheel system you can use to drag it around. No problems with attaching, detaching, moving the 48" blade. There are however a few points to make.

1. You must remove the deck before putting the lift kit on and vice versa.

2. You'll need the manual angle kit unless you don't mind getting on/off to angle the blade.

3. You'll need chains, or Terra grips, and weights.

I have the blade on my x580 and just now finished my driveway. 250' by 3 cars wide, turn around and drive/walks to back of house. The snow was 10" deep, water soaked and very heavy. The driveway from the street is up hill at a steep angle. I had my wife time me. 25 minutes start to finish.
 

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The blade, once the lift kit is attached, will mount/dismount from the quick hitch in minutes. And, to make life easier the blade has a wheel system you can use to drag it around. No problems with attaching, detaching, moving the 48" blade. There are however a few points to make.

1. You must remove the deck before putting the lift kit on and vice versa.

2. You'll need the manual angle kit unless you don't mind getting on/off to angle the blade.

3. You'll need chains, or Terra grips, and weights.

I have the blade on my x580 and just now finished my driveway. 250' by 3 cars wide, turn around and drive/walks to back of house. The snow was 10" deep, water soaked and very heavy. The driveway from the street is up hill at a steep angle. I had my wife time me. 25 minutes start to finish.
Do you use the Terra Grips? I don't see them mentioned too often and since you did, I thought I would ask. I switched from Chains to Terra Grips as I was wearing the newer chain sets out at least once per season, tearing up cross links. With the Terra Grips, that problem stopped and I had used the Terra Grips for about 3 seasons before changing plowing machines.

With the new tractor and amount of weight, I haven't needed any chains or Terra grips but if I had to return to a traction aide, it would be Terra Grips for sure. They worked well for me on everything but glare ice and we don't get the glare ice, often, thankfully and when we do, I carry snow melt on the rear with a battery powered spreader to distribute it. After a few minutes of application and the snow melt doing it's thing, I can return to plowing without issue.

A few of the driveways I plow have patterned or colored concrete and between the Terra Grips and the rubber squeegee on the plow edge, it protects the concrete and asphalt and keeps everyone happy. Plus the rubber plow edge cleans the surface like a squeegee would, leaving it "squeaky clean". One of the biggest advantages is I can push snow onto the lawns and the rubber edge doesn't tear up the grass, especially if you are raising the plow slowly as you reach the edge of the pavement.

It's also nice to not have the noise with the plow on the driveway as I am often out in other's driveways starting at 3am to get them all done before people start leaving for work, school, etc. This season I have 23 driveways thus far on my route, all within the same neighborhood, which is the most I have ever had. Despite some of the neighbors having walk behind snow blowers or other equipment, many have found they like staying in a nice warm bed and writing a check once a month, verses battling the elements.:laugh:

Be careful with the timing thing........you get too efficient and it can result in new add on's to the "Honey Do" list........:laugh::lol:
 

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The blade, once the lift kit is attached, will mount/dismount from the quick hitch in minutes. And, to make life easier the blade has a wheel system you can use to drag it around. No problems with attaching, detaching, moving the 48" blade. There are however a few points to make.

1. You must remove the deck before putting the lift kit on and vice versa.

2. You'll need the manual angle kit unless you don't mind getting on/off to angle the blade.

3. You'll need chains, or Terra grips, and weights.

I have the blade on my x580 and just now finished my driveway. 250' by 3 cars wide, turn around and drive/walks to back of house. The snow was 10" deep, water soaked and very heavy. The driveway from the street is up hill at a steep angle. I had my wife time me. 25 minutes start to finish.
Thanks for all that info. Let me explore another option and hopefully get some thoughts on it...what about getting a snow blower attachment instead of a blade? My situation here is that, for the past 37 years, I've always plowed whatever accumulates in our driveway across the road (that runs perpendicular to the driveway). We're very rural, so across the street from us is just woodland (not that you got the idea I was pushing snow into a neighbor's yard...lol)

My system has worked, but is also a bit of a hassle at times since, with heavy snow that is then plowed by the township trucks, often there is so much snow in the area across from our house that I use to push snow from the driveway that I wind up first shoveling huge piles of the stuff that is along side the road so that I then have room to plow. Double (and very exhausting) work.

Another consideration...our driveway, which runs north to south, gets extremely drifted. There can be 8 inches on the road but often 5-foot drifts in our driveway. Little by little, I knock it down and then plow, then knock some more down, etc. Sooooo....might a snow blower be a better option in my situation? I have an old Bolens snowblower that I've used a few times over the decades, but it never seemed to do a real good job.

My plan was to fix up the old Cub - since I have the blade and chains already - and continue to use that for snow. That's why, when I recently bought the new 590, I didn't order any snow equipment. But now it turns out that the guy who has my blown Cub engine has developed health issues and so very possibly won't be getting to overhaul my engine anytime soon, if at all.

Sorry for long winded explanation, but thought a complete background to the current situation is warranted in order to arrive at the best decision.

So....options would seem to be - hang in there for the old cub, buy a separate (new) snowblower, buy a snow blower attachment for the 590, or buy a blade for the 590.
 

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First, Sullybear is right. I should have hung out in the shed for an hour and left the tractor outside running. She would have thought I was working, crossed something off the honey-do list, and I'd be all set.

Three4d,

I gave away my 37 year old GT18 at the beginning of the spring this year and bought the x580. I also sold my 15hp Ariens Pro28 blower. I did that because I'm 67 and didn't want to walk behind or maneuver a 400lb snow blower up and down a very long steep driveway anymore. I used the blade today and it looks like it will be fine for snow, but I knew that having pushed loam with it all summer long. I will say that a blower may have been easier to use, but I can't push dirt with it. If I find that after this season the better choice is the blower, then that's what I'll have next year, god willing. Regardless, I have a need for the blade in the warmer months, and it snows like hell up around Boston. I'm happy either way.
 

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Thanks for all that info. Let me explore another option and hopefully get some thoughts on it...what about getting a snow blower attachment instead of a blade? My situation here is that, for the past 37 years, I've always plowed whatever accumulates in our driveway across the road (that runs perpendicular to the driveway). We're very rural, so across the street from us is just woodland (not that you got the idea I was pushing snow into a neighbor's yard...lol)

My system has worked, but is also a bit of a hassle at times since, with heavy snow that is then plowed by the township trucks, often there is so much snow in the area across from our house that I use to push snow from the driveway that I wind up first shoveling huge piles of the stuff that is along side the road so that I then have room to plow. Double (and very exhausting) work.

Another consideration...our driveway, which runs north to south, gets extremely drifted. There can be 8 inches on the road but often 5-foot drifts in our driveway. Little by little, I knock it down and then plow, then knock some more down, etc. Sooooo....might a snow blower be a better option in my situation? I have an old Bolens snowblower that I've used a few times over the decades, but it never seemed to do a real good job.

My plan was to fix up the old Cub - since I have the blade and chains already - and continue to use that for snow. That's why, when I recently bought the new 590, I didn't order any snow equipment. But now it turns out that the guy who has my blown Cub engine has developed health issues and so very possibly won't be getting to overhaul my engine anytime soon, if at all.

Sorry for long winded explanation, but thought a complete background to the current situation is warranted in order to arrive at the best decision.

So....options would seem to be - hang in there for the old cub, buy a separate (new) snowblower, buy a snow blower attachment for the 590, or buy a blade for the 590.
After reading this I'd definitely recommend the blower. Drifted shut roads are hard to open with a plow.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm leaning towards checking out some snow blowers. An obvious choice might be Ariens, plus there is a dealer near me that I can visit. While the point is well taken about an advantage of a plow being that it can be used on more than just snow, quite honestly in all the time I've lived at my home I've never once used my Cub Cadet plow for anything except snow. I don't see that likely to change, so, it makes a blower look even more like the better way to go.
 
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