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Re: Just plowed my driveway for the first time

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Ed Hotaling

12-27-2012 08:55:36

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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!


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