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whats the depth of snow I could expect to plow with a small LGT-145?

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#1 loujamy OFFLINE  


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Posted November 02, 2010 - 11:48 PM

whats the depth ( ie. 2-10 inches ) of snow I could expect to plow with a small LGT-145 14hp with or without chains.We have just a small driveway about 60 x15 ft.????




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Posted November 03, 2010 - 12:48 AM

:welcometogttalk: I know nothing about fords, but that model looks to be about the same size as a newer deere a friend of mine has. I built a weight box for him and with the hydrostatic control and good technique, it sure surprized me! Do it right, push it far enugh to leave room for the next time, and 10" is probably doable. Hope this helps till the experts get online. :beerchug:

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 05:13 AM

Last year we got a wet snow that amounted to about 18" over night. My Wheel Horse 314 (also a 14 HP unit) with 140 Lbs of weight on the rears, cleated tire chains, and a 44" snow blade struggled with it, but was able to clear my driveway...which is a horseshoe around my house and a 75' leg that goes to the barn. Did have some help with shovels, but that was a very unusual amount of snow for us. We got a few more heavy snows last year of 8" to 10" and it had no problem at all with those. Weight is your friend and traction chains a definite plus, but 14 HP is more than enough power to do the job!

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 05:47 AM

As the others have said you have power enough, it just has to get to the ground with the traction to use it. Weight and good chains make a HUGE difference and yes technique plays a part too.

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 06:49 AM

I have plowed with a lgt 145 for 4 years now. I use tire chains and have added wieght and filled tires the last 2 years.

I have pushed 8" before. That got a little tricky at the end where it had been piled by the state snow plows. But the tractor does great. I dont think I would try it with turf tires and no chains though.

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 07:00 AM

I've always found it to be easier to plow 10" of snow, 5" at a time. You get to plow twice that way:D, and can push it further back than if it was all 10" at once. I also put wings on my plow to help with roll-off. Found some reinforced belting and cut and bolted it on. Used some old trampoline springs behind it as support. Works fine and doesn't interfere with angling .

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 07:14 AM

I've always found it to be easier to plow 10" of snow, 5" at a time.

Yup, this is the key, you need to plow with the storm and not wait until it's all over with. I had a plow on my Cub Cadet for a while when we lived at our old house...traction for me anyway, was not a really big problem but one of my problems was that the front was so light (8hp) that when the plow was angled, after it started to get heavy it would shove the front end over to the side.

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 10:17 PM

It's all about weight... as well as weight in the right places. Hang it too far out the back and you need to weigh down the front to keep it from being pushed sideways. A nice cast iron motor helps weigh down the front over a newer alloy job too.

I have tested mine out in 18" plus without even getting wheel slip. Last year, I was at maybe 350lbs at the rear, but a good 150 of that was right on top of the axle. This year it will be on the back of the axle, but pretty close. If I have enough left over, I hope to add about 50 to 75 lbs to the front end this year as well. My rear tires are loaded and chained turf's with wheel weights. The rest is in that weight box I made for the rear. In the front, I have the tri-ribs to help dig in so I am thinking that the extra weight up front will really help out in heavy wet snow.

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Posted November 03, 2010 - 10:54 PM

depends on the weight (wetness) of the snow, weigh of operator, chain type, etc... adjust swath or amount of path plowed to traction obtained. sometimes reduced rear tire pressure can help

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Posted November 05, 2010 - 08:46 PM

I would say from my previous experience that if you go with no chains or weight you will get stuck after getting far enough into the driveway that there is no easy way out.BTDT. Chain it up and add weight and be prepared to move more snow then you can imagine. Just remember to leave room to put snow after the next storm!

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Posted November 07, 2010 - 08:51 PM

Thanks very much for all your advice,I appreciate knowing what not to do and will hopefully be properly prepared for winter.