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#1 CraftsmanGT ONLINE  

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 03:14 PM

I've been looking for a front blade for my Simplicity Model D with no luck yet, but was wondering good do walk behind tractors do at snow plowing?

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 03:33 PM

They do just as good as a four wheeler.  Weight and chains are a must.  

You'll wear yourself out in just a few minutes if you don't have reverse. 


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 04:08 PM

I've used a model M for the last couple of years. It works really great and is a lot of fun although a bit time consuming with such a small blade. No reverse on mine and as stated above it will wear you out. Still easier than a shovel though. 


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 04:40 PM

I use my DB 600 with a blade , it works pretty good . I don't have wheel weights yet but put some steel barbell ones low on the handlebars , it's nose heavy without it .

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 05:33 PM

Thanks everyone for the input. The Model D doesn't have reverse but I do have chains for it. Now I just need to find a blade for it

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 05:41 PM

All depends on how much snow you get.  Up our way we do not usually get any melts between NOW and end of March. The next time you get a 3' dump of snow you will realize why snow blowers are so popular.. Also if you get snow after snow after snow,,no melts..where to push it become a bigger problem..Fellow I know put blade on his big honking' quad and by end of January snow was piled so high on sides of driveway quad was useless..


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 06:13 PM

you just have to keep in mind every machine has its limit. Having big engines and weight don't mean much if theres no where to push it to. Being in WI I would have at least one back up plan when this fails.

 

Blades are kind of hard to find for the Simp tractors, most times people left them on the ground to long and it takes a toll on the edge and the feet. You could probably make one as they are a pretty simple built item.  I have one here but its not for sale.


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Posted December 01, 2015 - 06:26 PM

What Jazz said, and ok for small amounts of snow. No good here in pei. Noel

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 07:00 PM

you just have to keep in mind every machine has its limit. Having big engines and weight don't mean much if theres no where to push it to. Being in WI I would have at least one back up plan when this fails.
 
Blades are kind of hard to find for the Simp tractors, most times people left them on the ground to long and it takes a toll on the edge and the feet. You could probably make one as they are a pretty simple built item.  I have one here but its not for sale.


I've got a snowblower, I just want to use my tractor more. I have a Murray plow blade here, but I don't have any fabrication skill.
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Posted December 01, 2015 - 09:01 PM

Understood, I like using things, it's fun. Any friends that could fix it up for you, and get to have fun doing it. Noel

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Posted December 01, 2015 - 10:01 PM

The fellow who sets up next to me at Rough & Tumble has a real nice Simplicity with a snowblower.  Looks like it could really do the job!



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Posted December 01, 2015 - 10:42 PM

I used this Chor Trac for several years at my mothers place in town. Just left it in her garage all winter so I didn't have to haul it back and forth.  It worked super well.  Never needed chains.   No worry about snow mound buildup over the entire season here in Misery [Missouri].  This one has a reverse - although its just a primitive one working off the back side of a V-belt - it works well. 

Quit using it when I was given an Allis Chalmers walk behind snow blower.  Figured the blower would be better but it didn't take long to realize the blower absolutely kills my back.   I'd go back to using this one but the primer bulb dried out and crumbled and this one doesn't have a choke.

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Her drive is short -two cars long and only the width of two cars but that narrow blade takes a lot of passes! 


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Posted December 02, 2015 - 01:05 AM

I have been using my Gravely C8 or L with a 48"W X 18"H blade for several years with very good results.  I am in the Adirondacks of upstate NY and get plenty of snow.  I have run various tire/chain combinations and I like dual turfs with 2-link chains the best.  The key is to push the snow as far away as possible from where you need to keep clear beginning with the first snow of the season.  By the end of the season you will have large snow piles and won't be pushing it as far.  You will get a workout plowing with a walk behind.  You might get away with no reverse if the ground is flat but you will probably find yourself on your rear end more than once from slipping pulling the tractor backwards.  Watch that tailbone, it happens fast.


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Posted December 02, 2015 - 09:10 AM

My walk behind works pretty well and if I get ice, I drop the tines and let it chop it up. Granted I have gravel so no damage to tines and I don't get ice very often.

I also have a Gravely L with a blade, my dad used to push snow with it at the bank he worked at to clean the sidewalks, he used it for years. Someday I will get it running.

 

 

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Don't ever want to live where I need snow removal equipment


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