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#1 Bob IN OFFLINE  

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Posted January 06, 2015 - 05:21 PM

One of my goals this winter was to plow snow with a walk behind. (sounds silly but I've always wanted to)

I had a simplicity that I tried out last winter but one hub didn't wana engage. So I figured I would plow snow with one of my gardeners. I looked all fall for a front blade. Never thought I was gona find one! Then gunstuff1000 found a blade for me. So got it all mounted up, and it hasn't snowed enough all winter to plow. Until now! This thing is a beast. Not a whole lot of  snow. Only about 3 or 4 inches but it was still fun. And did find a drift about 7 inches deep. No problem. Plowed part of our drive way at the farm. My brother is driving in the pictures so I could get some action shots. It wouldn't work as well with narrow tires I don't think. It definitely beats a snow shovel!  

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Posted January 06, 2015 - 05:27 PM

You'll get your exercise with that!



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Posted January 06, 2015 - 05:27 PM

Looks like LOT of walking for that much area!  Heck, find an old City Truck Snow blade and put it on that flatbed in pix!! THAT would be cool and be done real quick on drive.



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Posted January 06, 2015 - 05:35 PM

people plowed snow with walkers for better than a quarter of the century, before the riding tractor ever took hold. You wouldn't miss what you didn't have.


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Posted January 06, 2015 - 05:37 PM

Looks like the walk-behind did a fine job!

Thanks for the photos!

 

No snow down here in the southern part of the state this winter season.


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Posted January 06, 2015 - 05:38 PM

Looks like LOT of walking for that much area! Heck, find an old City Truck Snow blade and put it on that flatbed in pix!! THAT would be cool and be done real quick on drive.

Yeah as much as I enjoy my tractor and with 8 inches of snow I got my seat time this morning.
When it is 10 below and the wind is blowing I dream of a Beater with A HEATER!

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Posted January 06, 2015 - 06:19 PM

I just blew my 8" off with the MTD walker, takes to long to get out a rider and most of my other walkers don't have the R gearing.



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Posted January 06, 2015 - 07:12 PM

Well as long as you don't have to do it the manual way , Or some would say "the old fashion way "  Heck i went one now.

 

 

 

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Posted January 06, 2015 - 07:45 PM

Brings back fond memories of the setup I used for years to plow my 500' driveway.  A Planet Jr. with home made blade and no chains.  Sorry I never took any photos of it in action.

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Posted January 06, 2015 - 08:01 PM

Brings back fond memories of the setup I used for years to plow my 500' driveway.  A Planet Jr. with home made blade and no chains.  Sorry I never took any photos of it in action.

 

Nice looking tractor. Id like to find a good looking planet jr like that.


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Posted January 06, 2015 - 08:18 PM

Ben from Old Paths Equipment had it for sale on his site about a year ago.  Still looked the same.  He bought it from the fellow who bought it from me probably 10 years ago.



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Posted January 06, 2015 - 08:44 PM

Looks like you guys were having fun!



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Posted January 06, 2015 - 09:43 PM

It was amazing what that would push.  I had enough weight on back to counter-balance the weight of the blade plus those 2" thick wheel spacers.  That was plenty of traction.  The only problem was when the snow was very wet it was hard to keep it going straight when the blade was angled.


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Posted January 06, 2015 - 10:16 PM

I still clearly remember routinely plowing an 800' driveway in Maine (lots of snow) as a 120# teen back in the late 50's and into the 60's. The walkbehind was a Simplicity. Fortunately it did have reverse, but manhandling that thing up a plow drift to push the snow back away from the driveway was a real workout. And keeping it going in a straight line when the blade was angled was nearly impossible.


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Posted January 06, 2015 - 10:39 PM

Walkers are fun to plow with, as long as you don't let it get to deep, even with 50lb a wheel and chains on an old wizard I used to have it was a struggle to move 8+ in one shot especially if you needed to do 2 or 3 widths of the blade,, now less than 6" was a blast and it was just cool plowing with something that had less than 5hp.






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