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Just plowed my driveway for the first time

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Jetbird

12-26-2012 21:42:00
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Yahoo! Been fixing my new to me Ford 3400 since July and just plowed the driveway. All went well. Plenty of traction with the tire chains and the 400 pound counterweight I just made from a 55 gallon barrel. Used the loader to plow, which will take some practice to get down. Would appreciate any tips on how to do this. I also scored a plow today. Found a heavy duty 8 foot fisher with a new cutting edge, but it was too expensive for me right now, even though it was a good deal at $160. My buddy wanted to upgrade so he sold me his smaller lighter duty fisher with some rust through for $50. That I can afford. Planning to build a frame to mount the plow to the loader frame, then use the hydraulics for the bucket curl to angle the plow. Any suggestions on this appreciated also. Post pics if you got 'em. Anyhow, glad I could express my excitement among people who understand. My wife doesn't seem to get it. I guess that's how it usually goes. :wink:

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Jetbird

12-29-2012 20:09:52
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  
Thanks, Sheepdog. I wasn't pushing forward hard enough to get past the detent. I will get to try it out tomorrow as it is snowing again here in MA. :)



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Jetbird

12-27-2012 18:10:39
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  
Thanks for the replies, all. I have the stacked control valve with compensating control valve for the bucket curl and it has float. How do i set the loader to float? I am plowing a paved driveway and would like to try using the float.



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Shetland Sheepdog

12-27-2012 19:13:12
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-27-2012 18:10:39  
Push lift/lower control valve handle forward to beyond lower position, and it should stay there and allow the loader arms to follow the ground. pull handle back to lower position and release for normal operation.

HTH, Dave



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George Marsh

12-27-2012 14:02:32
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  

Two years ago I put a 3 inch slag pipe on my 7 ft rear blade. Got to use it yesterday for the first time. Leveled drive before the snow. The slag pipe left about 1 inch of snow and all the rocks, sweet.

Why not get a back blade? I found that TSC'S sale prices are as cheap as used junk ones on craigslist.

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Stick welding

12-27-2012 09:13:05
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  
A light duty plow on a tractor might be a recipe for disaster.



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Ed Hotaling

12-27-2012 08:55:36
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  
I've been using my 850 with a loader to plow the driveway for years. The trick is setting the bucket at the right angle to get the snow up but leave the gravel on the ground. That just takes practice. The really nice part is that when I get a pile of wet snow too heavy to push, I can just pick it up and pile it off to the side. My kid loves the fact that I can make one huge pile for her to play on.

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Greg Wolodkin

12-27-2012 09:03:52
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Ed Hotaling, 12-27-2012 08:55:36  
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Agreed. Also, If the driveway isn't paved, try to avoid plowing if the ground isn't frozen yet. If you must remove or knock down snow before the ground freezes, just backblade it lightly.

When moving forward with the loader, I find that better is the enemy of good. Set the bucket fairly level, and be willing to leave a 1/2" of snow behind on gravel. Otherwise you risk digging in and making a mess.

On pavement, you can be more aggressive and even get the wheels of the tractor off the ground for straight runs. If/when you need to steer, raise the bucket just slightly to get your front wheels back in contact with the road.

Good luck!

Greg

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Shetland Sheepdog

12-27-2012 06:24:54
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to kentrx1, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  
Jet, I have one recommendation for you! Mount a cushion valve on the plow that will allow the swing cylinders to bypass! Without a cushion valve you can do big damage to the system if you hit something solid with the lead end of the plow!

HTH, Dave



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Greg Wolodkin

12-27-2012 05:15:45
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 Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time in reply to Jetbird, 12-26-2012 21:42:00  
Glad to hear it's working! I'm trying to work up the nerve to plow mine as we speak.. right now it's raining pretty hard here, about 3-4 inches of slush on the ground.



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