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#1 CubHorse80 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 01, 2013 - 08:10 AM

I got that cub 1200, and i need some sort of snow removal tool for this winter. I don't know if i should get the 42" blade, or the 42" snow blower?

 

We get an average of 2-6 inches of snowfall and the occasional 8-12 incher monster storm. I plow 8-10 driveways in my neighborhood when it does snow.

 

Thoughts?

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Posted October 01, 2013 - 09:16 AM

For smaller storms the blade is faster and cheaper. For the occassional monster, the blower is better. I would go with a plow and pickup a dead walk behind blower for the monsters. The dead ones are often free and usually just need the carb cleanned. When your neighbors are counting on you, you better have a couple of backup machines.

 

Another choice is get a bucket loader. That is what I have. We seem to get atleast one 16"+ storm each year lately, so the loader is a must. For the smaller ones, my Simplicity 725 with a plow works fine. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 10:02 AM

For smaller storms the blade is faster and cheaper. For the occassional monster, the blower is better. I would go with a plow and pickup a dead walk behind blower for the monsters. The dead ones are often free and usually just need the carb cleanned. When your neighbors are counting on you, you better have a couple of backup machines.

 

Another choice is get a bucket loader. That is what I have. We seem to get atleast one 16"+ storm each year lately, so the loader is a must. For the smaller ones, my Simplicity 725 with a plow works fine. Good Luck, Rick

i think a bucket loader would be fantastic, but its a 3 speed manual. that would be a huge project. I have a walk behind blower, but i think a blower may be good if its single stage.

 

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Posted October 01, 2013 - 10:17 AM

If there's no creeper in the 1200,you don't want a blower.


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 10:19 AM

If there's no creeper in the 1200,you don't want a blower.

Really? i would think first gear would be sufficient...


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 10:22 AM

Really? i would think first gear would be sufficient...

 In heavy snow, you definitely want a creeper. Light,dry snow you would probably be okay. Be slipping the clutch a lot without one.


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 10:46 AM

 In heavy snow, you definitely want a creeper. Light,dry snow you would probably be okay. Be slipping the clutch a lot without one.

I found a few blades as well as snow blowers. I thought the blade may be better. But, i had a craftsman gt18 with a 48" blade and it didn't get all the snow off. it left a .25-.5 inch layer of snow on the ground.

 

How are the cub blades? and how can i solve this problem?



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Posted October 01, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Do the cub blades have adjustable skid shoes. I have the opposite problem on my gravel driveway. If the skid shoes aren't adjusted properly the blade digs in and takes all the fun out of plowing.


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 11:40 AM

Do the cub blades have adjustable skid shoes. I have the opposite problem on my gravel driveway. If the skid shoes aren't adjusted properly the blade digs in and takes all the fun out of plowing.

well then it would be a dirt driveway after you plow!


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 02:51 PM

well then it would be a dirt driveway after you plow!

 

With a GT it more or less just stops you in your tracks. On my compact tractor it will scalp the driveway and tear it up real bad. 


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 06:21 PM

I live in Southern Indiana (much like your winters) and I do very well with a front "dozer blade".

I do several (family & neighborhood) drives and the blade works fine for me.

Sure, it would be nice to "blow" the snow across the street or to the neighbors yard, but I don't think we get enough snow annually to justify the extra expense of a blower.....But I did see a video of someone blowing leaves with a blower............


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 06:43 PM

I use a blade on my 129 and it works well. I have pushed as much as 17 inches of snow  and I enjoy plowing more than using a blower. 

 

Just my two cents.

 

 

 

 

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Posted October 01, 2013 - 08:02 PM

If there's no creeper in the 1200,you don't want a blower.

 

Levi is 100% correct here.  Without a creeper you WILL be slipping the clutch to blow snow.  I can tell you that with my 36" thrower on my 107 I travel much slower than a gear drive will in 1st and in heavy snow or drifts it is ALL it wants to handle it.  The creeper was actually built specifically for use with a snow blower or with a rear tine tiller as they were required with a gear drive. 


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Posted October 01, 2013 - 11:24 PM

  Well, I now own both. Have had the 52" blade for ol' suzi, the four wheeler, and today our local Alco store put out some 24"  6 1/2Hp electric start Poulan two stages for $500 that didn't sell last winter, they were $650 last year. They look as durable as any others in the price range plus it has the remote chute rotation. I'm looking at reality in buying it in that at our age if I'm laid up or have passed on Linda would be able to at least clear the driveway w/o depending on someone else. I'm still very healthy but I feel a need to help her all I can If I'm not able. The wheeler does a good job and fast but they are inherently hard to turn and I feel this would be a problem for her and her range of motion in her neck is getting worse and looking over your shoulder is absolutely necessary w/ a wheeler.

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Posted October 02, 2013 - 02:46 PM

If you have a 4x4 atv I suggest a four wheeler plow.

I use a 54" Plow on my Rancher and LOVE it.

 

My dad plows with a 42"(I think) plow on his cub 128.  No matter the amount of snow, I can clear faster, and get closer to the ground than he can ever hope to.

This only works if you already have an ATV.

 

Otherwise, I'd shoot for a used cub plow.  No matter how good or bad it does, it beats shoveling any day of the week! 

 

Also, WHEEL WEIGHTS AND CHAINS!  You will need them.


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