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Do you prefer to use a snow blade or snow blower?


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Posted February 04, 2011 - 06:18 PM

Sounds like he needs a lower gear, a hydro, or more power. But that IS pretty deep snow. Or, is that where a 2-stage blower comes in handy???


That Bolens is hydrostatic

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Posted February 04, 2011 - 06:20 PM

Here's a video of the same tractor in less snow



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Posted February 04, 2011 - 06:27 PM

I use a 1988 Craftsman II with the horizontal 18 hp B&S with a 40" single stage blower. I live on a major highway in Northern Michigan and the plows are constantly throwing a foot or more hard packed mix of snow and ice left after the salt has softened the stuff and the cold has frozen it again. The old tractor does OK but sometimes I have to use half the blower width like the guy in the video.

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Posted February 04, 2011 - 07:08 PM

That Bolens in the video looks to be doing a good job.

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Posted February 04, 2011 - 07:35 PM

Thanks for both videos Brian. That tractor seems to be doing a very good job even in the deeper snow.

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Posted February 04, 2011 - 07:49 PM

I'm OK in creeper gear, but I'd like to move a long a bit. I'll keep my eyes open for a larger motor. For next year, I put a larger motor in the Ford 120 and mount the snow blower on it. That has hydro. I'll hold onto the 12HP Kohler from the 120 and use it as a spare for the Chief 100. Next winter, we get to see video.:rolling:

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Posted June 19, 2011 - 08:28 PM

I prefer a blower as i can blow in bigger piles here in northern Iowa.

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Posted June 28, 2011 - 03:47 PM

I prefer no snow at all, but that's my $.o2 worth.

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Posted July 02, 2011 - 05:45 PM

I have rethunk this and right now I could use about 6" of the white stuff.
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Posted July 19, 2011 - 04:52 AM

I like Both.
when we only get a couple inches I use the blade, but when we get over 4'' I use the Blower.

Ditto.

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Posted July 25, 2011 - 03:56 PM

I use a blade because I like plowing better than snowblowing but I have a walk behind blower for backup. My driveway is about 300ft. with a hill up to the road. It's a lot for a GT to get through when the snow is heavy. I use a JD 2320 with a 54" blade and chains, weights etc. It goes about 3000 lbs ready to plow and so far has done the job. I am looking for a rear mount blower for it as well.

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 02:43 PM

i prefer using a plow i dont like getting turned into a snow man, running out of room isnt a problem caus i plow my whole front into one big pile the jacobson did good last year with the snow that we did get. the year before i had the 1050 bolens. this year i have a cub 126 it snowed in may here this year and i was a heavy wet slushy snow i was in 3rd and it didnt slow down and that was without weights. this year im gonna have weights and change the spring on the plow or put chains on it to get it to quit snaping down when i catch something.

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 02:55 PM

Don't eliminate the spring entirely. The sudden stop if you hit something solid while plowing in 3rd gear will likely break something on the tractor and won't do you any good either. You may want to try going to a larger skid shoe that won't sink in as much when the ground is soft in the spring and early winter. Grading the area late in the fall to get rid of any obstructions may help as well.

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 08:38 AM

i wasnt planning on a complete elimantation of the spring more of like a limiting strap on them or stiffer spring the 1050 plow only snap down a few time same with the berco that was on the jake i can fold the blade on the cub down by hand. i also had the idea of finding a way to mount my gravely 816 plow on the cub just a thought. being i dont have the factory snow plow for the cub anyways.

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 08:53 AM

Looks like I never commented on this? I have a single Stage Blower on my 318. First year I had it it worked very well.
But last year, what little snow we got was very wet & heavy(almost slush) and it plugged up instead of blowing.
I think I need both a blower and a blade to be prepared for whatever comes.




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