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#1 propane1 ONLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 06:56 AM

Been having a lot of rain then snow, warm then cold weather this year. And every time it warms the snow and ice melt on the driveway, then freezes to make very slippery ice, which is not good for walking on.
So I tried this, took the plywood off the back blade on JD. Put back on the teeth that I use in the summer for grading stuff.
So, I went out with the teeth down on the ice and just drove around the driveway to scratch it up. Seemed to work good.
But ya have to do this just as it’s starting to freeze. The ruffled up ice then freezes on top and freezes to the underneath to give traction.

Noel

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 08:47 AM

Looks like you have come up with a good solution.  :thumbs:

We have the same problem. Most winters the drive and parking areas turn into a skating rink. Dangerous to go get the mail. Last year I bought a 400 lbs. of water softner salt and put it into the fertilizer spreader. The ice was so slippery that the wheels wouldn't turn. Ended up wrapping the wheels on the spreader with 4x4 hardware cloth to get traction. Once the salt was spread things got a lot better and continued to do so until the ice was gone. This year we haven't had much moisture so ice hasn't been much of a problem. 


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 09:04 AM

Your not sick of winter yet, are you? Any excuse to operate the tractor.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 10:10 AM

It's easy here in KS, we just haven't gotten any moisture in 6 months and no I'm not counting the immeasurable amounts of rain and snow we've gotten here or there.

 

Looks like a nice implement you made!


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 11:27 AM

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 12:18 PM

I've used my teeth on my box blade to do that on my gravel drive. mine is on a hill, gets real hairy backing down on an ice rink.

I've used my Troybilt tiller to bust the ice up too, wasn't designed for it, but the tines broke up the ice kind of nice. Little rough of a drive, but we weren't sliding everywhere.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 06:35 PM

Looks like it worked pretty good.

I had about 2 inches of ice on it. Luckily it got to 50 and rained. Didn't melt all the way off but it loosened enough i could take the snow shovel and rack it off.
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Posted February 13, 2018 - 07:38 PM

Nice! With my stone drive, I try to back drag and turn up a few stones for grip after I am done plowing. Last week we got two storms three days apart that started with an inch of snow then switched to freezing rain. Driveway was a skating rink then... Coal ashes gave a bit of traction then. So far no salt yet this year.
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Posted February 13, 2018 - 08:07 PM

Great way to use up the coal ashes. My family did that for years on the driveway. It also built it up some too. Can’t get coal here any more. A fella I know got a tractor trailer load from Pennsylvania, about 5 years ago and was selling it, but I doubt if he has any left now. I like burning coal.

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 10:11 PM

I like the cost of coal versus oil or propane. When friends tell me what they pay for a midwinter refill, and it is more than my entire supply. But, they don't plan the week around the stove tending either.
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Posted February 14, 2018 - 04:30 PM

I have a faster method, PM me your address.

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Posted February 14, 2018 - 07:37 PM

I have a hill going out of my gravel driveway. I scrape the snow down pretty good so it's only about an inch thick. I find that my tractor chains break it up pretty good when that inch turns to ice. Today was sunny a few degrees above freezing.....a lot of it melted down to the gravel. 

 

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Posted February 15, 2018 - 10:57 AM

This is my drive, 90* turn on a hill, it's about a 6' drop from top to bottom.

There was one winter we had so much ice, I was able to pull straight out of driveway....cause I ended up doing a 180* slide as I started backing down. just hold on till you hit the bottom and hope you didn't slide out into street.

 

 

 

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Posted February 15, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Not quite on topic, but for lite ice on steps and sidewalks try spraying with a mix of 1/2 gallon of warm water, 1tsp. Dawn, and 1tbsp. rubbing alcohol. It is supposed to work well and does not harm grass etc. like excess salt does. I have never used it but a neighbour claims it works.


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Posted February 15, 2018 - 04:11 PM

How I deal with ice is I don't climb in the truck! Hasn't failed me yet!


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