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So living in Upstate NY and having a 600' driveway with two turnarounds, I move my share of snow with an Ariens snow blower. I big one. It's a beast.

But on those days we have just a little bit of snow or I'm in the mood to play, I'm thinking about making a small plow for the 1025R. I have an Artillian front plate with a 2" receiver inset. So why not just buy an ATV plow, fabricate a mount so it will attach the plow to the 2" receiver and use the FEL stick to control the movements? Think it would stress the loader arms? Or stress the Artillian front plate too much? Again, I wouldn't use it for heavy snowfalls, just the occasional light dustings.

I realize it wouldn't have any side to side motion, but I may just make the mount so it has a 15" angle to it so the plow isn't perfectly straight.

Anyone ever done it?
 

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I have a 2032R but I use the Artillian fork frame and with the QuickTach hitch adapter and mount my 54" Deere plow to the loader.

It works fine for plowing and I've used in plowing 28" deep snow and 8" of solid slush. It's gone through everything I've thrown at it over the last 3 winters. The overall system has a little more slop in it than I like but ya can't have everything, right? :laugh:
 

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Just let the light dusting sit there. Playing with small snow fall gets to be a drag in short order. Soon it becomes a chore and not an adventure. IMHO find something more fun/enjoyable to pass the time. When it builds up enough to snowblow then take care of it.

Check snowfall weather maps to get the most out of your efforts. Often the dusting just melt away with the sun.:mocking:
 

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Why not just use the loader bucket for small snowfalls?
I just had a brand new driveway put in :gizmo: and I hate the thought of scratching up the perfect black asphalt with my bucket. Will the edge tamers prevent that?

With a plow I can use a sacrificial polymer edge to prevent damage....
 

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This has been discussed before and quite a few folks here have a loader mounted plow. I purchased the Deere quick attach plow and than the Artillian parts needed to mount the plow on the loader. I purchased the Rigid UHMW Cutting Edge to protect the driveway and to scrape the surface as clean as possible. Also got the pallet folks.

I used this setup for 2 seasons now and I do not see a need for a blower of any type. My drive is 100' and straight, so I just push the snow right across our road to the other side. I do like the power angle, I think you would want that. Depending on your conditions you could move the snow to the sides and than use the blower to clean up. I use the tractor for all snow that the leaf blower does not work on, which is really just a dry dusting. With the FEL you can really pile up the snow, just start the season pushing it back as far as you can and as you are pushing into a pile just lift up the plow.

This has really worked great for me and it was another reason for the tractor purchase.

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So living in Upstate NY and having a 600' driveway with two turnarounds, I move my share of snow with an Ariens snow blower. I big one. It's a beast.

But on those days we have just a little bit of snow or I'm in the mood to play, I'm thinking about making a small plow for the 1025R. I have an Artillian front plate with a 2" receiver inset. So why not just buy an ATV plow, fabricate a mount so it will attach the plow to the 2" receiver and use the FEL stick to control the movements? Think it would stress the loader arms? Or stress the Artillian front plate too much? Again, I wouldn't use it for heavy snowfalls, just the occasional light dustings.

I realize it wouldn't have any side to side motion, but I may just make the mount so it has a 15" angle to it so the plow isn't perfectly straight.

Anyone ever done it?
I have an 82" SnowBear Plow that plugs into a 2" receiver hitch on the front of my truck or the adaptor plate I have on the Front End Loader of my 2038R.

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I just had a brand new driveway put in :gizmo: and I hate the thought of scratching up the perfect black asphalt with my bucket. Will the edge tamers prevent that?

With a plow I can use a sacrificial polymer edge to prevent damage....
I would say not totally, they would be the same as regular skids on a plow, I didn't realize you had a nice black top driveway.
 

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So living in Upstate NY and having a 600' driveway with two turnarounds, I move my share of snow with an Ariens snow blower. I big one. It's a beast.

But on those days we have just a little bit of snow or I'm in the mood to play, I'm thinking about making a small plow for the 1025R. I have an Artillian front plate with a 2" receiver inset. So why not just buy an ATV plow, fabricate a mount so it will attach the plow to the 2" receiver and use the FEL stick to control the movements? Think it would stress the loader arms? Or stress the Artillian front plate too much? Again, I wouldn't use it for heavy snowfalls, just the occasional light dustings.

I realize it wouldn't have any side to side motion, but I may just make the mount so it has a 15" angle to it so the plow isn't perfectly straight.

Anyone ever done it?
I have the artillian set up with the 3 point hitch adapter - was going to take my 3 pt rear blade and mount it on the front, spin it around....
 

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Atv plows are light weight construction. Might just destroy it with the power and traction of compact tractor
 

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If you were to do what your talking about, you would definitely have to angle the plow somewhat or you just end up with a snow pusher.

Snow pushers are fine for parking lots, but for driveways, they result in you having to drive off the driveway to pile snow since you aren't pushing it off to the side. Pushing off the driveway without great plow control can damage things. It's harder to see the plow bottom edge when it's on the front of the loader arms than if it were on the Quick Hitch for the front because of the loader arms and front plate plus it's further out in front of you.

Put a rubber edge on the plow and have a way to angle it and you will use it much more than you think. But go at least 72" wide or more if possible, as the 54" plow width is painfully slow and the tractor can handle so much more plow. It would be a good idea to have a back up system in case the snow blower has issues, or you want to get it done quickly. Anything under 6" of snow and the plow will make short work of it.

When you push onto the lawn areas with a dedicated plow with trip function with the rubber plow edge, it doesn't tear up the grass or damage the sod. Do the same with the edge tamers and you will be peeling sod and sprinkler heads, etc. especially until the ground freezes hard.

I wouldn't use the edge tamers on the asphalt driveway under any circumstances, unless you want to make repairs. Plowing without something that can "trip" when it encounters an edge or other object assures damage and destruction and the loader certainly doesn't have plow trip functions. Plus angling the plow makes it so much more useful than just accumulating the snow in front of the bucket.

Everyone i know who has seriously damaged things plowing snow has done so when plowing with the FEL and bucket. There is no forgiveness when you encounter something under the snow. Plus by design, the edge tamers will leave the very "light snow" you are looking to clear.
 

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Ouch! That looks... painful. :laugh:
 

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I see you're in Webster, I'm originally from Pittsford, and moved to North NJ 14 years ago. I remember your winters all too well. My driveway is no where near as long as yours, however here is an idea I'm trying this year: https://ratchetrake.com/images/snow_edge_info_revised0915.pdf I put so much into the tractor already this year, I just didn't want to add a blower until next year, and that was my compromise. My unit arrived earlier this week (the day after I ordered it with standard UPS ground, it ships from PA). It certainly looks super heavily built and I'm looking forward to giving it a shot this year. Just in case, I didn't sell my old walk behind blower (yet).
 
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