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We recently purchased a 3039r and need an effective way to deal with ice buildup on our steep driveway. I appreciate any input regarding adding a tooth blade to the bucket or some kind of edge (stinger carbide bits?)that might help with the ice. The driveway is gravel under the ice. We had hoped to put chains on all four tires but the dealer is advising only chaining the front due to clearance issues.
 

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I think no matter what you use on your bucket it will dig up your gravel. I have chains on the rear of my 3033R. Just turn the tire around. That should give you clearance you need.
I have 4" wheel spacer and turn my tires around because that how the wheel weights fit. I use my tractor on some hills and I need the wide wheel base.
The weight of the tractor and the chains will break up the snow pack ice.
 

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Getting down to try removing the ice will inevitably remove gravel too. Is the ice an issue for the tractor, or the vehicles too? If just the tractor then I would get chains for it. I had traction issues in this last 2 ft snow storm we got and I've never had traction issues before, even with 4-wheel on the tractor. 3 tires would just spin, so my remedy is to add chains to the rear. It sounds like you may have a cab if the dealer is advising only chaining the front. The rear would be the best place for the chains since you'll have the most weight there and the rear has the ability to drive both tires. I'm pretty sure you can add some spacers to the rear wheels to get enough clearance for the chains.

If the problem is the vehicles then a tooth bar may be the better option for breaking up the ice to get it off the driveway. But as mentioned above, gravel is likely to come with it.

Rick
 

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Throw a sand and salt mix on the ice. The sand will give you traction and the salt may help break up the ice. Use a broadcast spreader or just spread it by hand. I hope your driveway is not to long! I have use my rear box blade on my 4044R to help peal off ice on a warmer day. My driveway is also gravel, but I plow an addition 60 accounts with a pickup and a Fisher Vee plow. 50 today and mud and 3" to 5" tomorrow, maybe we will get some winter after all, I have only had 16" to date. Last winter I ended up with over 100".
 

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Wearing away the teeth is not an issue,, my teeth started to wear,,
I surfaced the teeth with this,,

Robot Check

The wear instantly stopped completely,,,



If you are gonna break ice,, either go backwards,,
or make sure the bucket stops take all the strain off the cylinders,,,

If the bucket "catches",,, the cylinders can POP!! :flag_of_truce:
 

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I have a "snow edge" by ratchet rake.. It's works pretty well.. Just watch their video for how it works and you'll get the idea.. I got it mainly to protect my concrete and it absolutely does that.. But it works well on gravel too.. Doesn't matter what you use though.. If you exert weight and pressure down onto gravel.. Some is gonna move no matter what you try..
 

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If you scratch up your gravel it'll still be there in the spring when it melts...... the suggestion of driving backward with the teeth down is a good one. The scarifiers on a boxblade would work too.

Someday I'd like to get a stretch of that rigid rake stuff that they use on grader blades to chew up packed snow and ice and put it on the backside of my blade to do just this...

-J.
 
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A straight edge is your best bet, but will remove gravel too, as has been mentioned. Can the drive be contoured to prevent ice build up? If crowned right with proper channeling, ice build up should be minimal. Getting the snow off early is also key. If it's shady, might not work. I know a lot of guys use pipe to help keep from digging up the gravel. But that won't help with ice. Other than that: chemicals, sand, cinders.
 
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