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Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor

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david1

10-08-2013 17:04:21




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Thinking about trying to make some income this winter plowing drives. Is it a good set up if all you have is 2wd. I have a JD2940 and a Ford 4610 . Which would be the better tractor. Can I use a snowplow like a Myers that was on a truck. Any info would be appreciated.




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Shetland Sheepdog

10-09-2013 17:05:06




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
My 5610 with 9' Fisher plow & 8' rear blade at the Hollis farm.



My 3910 with 8' Fisher plow & 7' rear blade at the New Boston farm.



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gtractorfan

10-10-2013 12:51:27




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to Shetland Sheepdog, 10-09-2013 17:05:06  
Just a thought- if you use chains and do a nice paved parking lot or drive the chains may leave marks and upset customers.



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chevytaHOE5674

10-09-2013 14:09:46




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
Unless all of the drives you plan on plowing are in a very very small area then a tractor will take forever. A pickup you can go job to job at 30-40-50mph in a heated cab and make quick work of snow removal, an open station tractor you will be freezing your butt off going job to job at 10mph and the customer will have called somebody else to plow for them because they wanted it done before 4pm......

A tractor with a loader is great for piling snow up high but for quickly clearing a driveway or smallish area a pickup is hard to beat.
This post was edited by chevytaHOE5674 at 19:25:15 10/09/13.

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RodInNS

10-09-2013 14:57:52




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 10-09-2013 14:09:46  
I really like to lay out the rates when I come in with the tractor to clean up the mess left by a pick-up... If you want half a job done the truck is a great place to start.

Rod



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chevytaHOE5674

10-09-2013 19:19:55




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to RodInNS, 10-09-2013 14:57:52  
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Operator error. Just as easy to leave a mess with a tractor as it is with a truck.



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RodInNS

10-09-2013 22:08:38




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to chevytaHOE5674, 10-09-2013 19:19:55  
Yep... and it goes hand in hand with the quick and easy type of operator. I find they make it about half way through the season here... or the early March North easter that backs it's way in... and fills everything 3' deep...and then someone has to come in and clean up.
Done lots of it over the years. I love those storms...

Rod



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OH - 961

10-09-2013 17:54:37




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to RodInNS, 10-09-2013 14:57:52  
If a truck with snowplow is leaving that much of a mess, the driver simply is p-poor operator!

I plowed for many years with a tuck and could get a lot or driveway clean as a whistle.

Myron



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RodInNS

10-09-2013 06:37:07




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
I know a guy that has had a 7' Fisher on a MF 135 for quite a lot of years. It works fine. He has always carried a blower on the back for the deep drifts and extra weight tho...
In your situation I'd probably prefer to have a plow on the 2940... likely a 8.5 or 9' model. Again, with a blower if possible. The Ford would also work fine with a 7' plow.

Rod



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LaVern Skarzenski

10-09-2013 09:22:29




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to RodInNS, 10-09-2013 06:37:07  
On my MF35 chains are a must. If no chains, especially after the base starts freezing, it gets hung up real easy if the front end drops over a incline and it doesn't take much of an incline. Put chains on and it will really go places and push a lot of snow. 4WD would be nice in that regard. Another thing I notice on the MF35 is when backing up with a bit of throttle applied, it doesn't take much for the front end to swing around sideways. Probably due to the extra weight on the front end and no traction on the front wheels.
All of that being said, I am very happy with my plow and 35 combination. Before this we had this same plow with a different framework of course on the Farmall 504. It would push like crazy, but the reverse was very slow, it didn't really work out as well as the 35.
My plow is a very old Western plow with manual angle, made around early 70s or so. Hydraulic angling would be nice.

Lavern Skarzenski

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Shetland Sheepdog

10-09-2013 05:04:09




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
JMHO, Put a plow o a pickup truck, and you beat the truck up! Put a plow on a farm tractor, and you beat the plow up! I would much rather repair a plow than a pickup!

HTH, Dave



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Diydave

10-09-2013 03:35:10




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
Works best, when you can attach a sub-frame to the rear end, to do the pushing from, rather than stressing the front end/axle.



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Cal Innes

10-09-2013 02:45:50




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  

Yes, a plow works fine on a tractor and a Meyers plow will be great. I have had the Meyers on both 2 and 4 wheel drive tractors and obviously the 4wd is better, however plow with what ya got. Years ago I plowed with a Ford 2600 and would get stuck from time to time but after I put chains on it... no further problems. I had purchased a few rings made for a skidder and cut up and old set of chains and welded in the rings. I believe that thing would have walked up a wall of a glacier after that! Otherwise carry a shovel with you. The lift for the plow can be from the tractor hydraulics or if you have a newer Meyers plow you could use the self contained hydraulic type. I currently have a Meyers 8 foot plow on a JD-5055 and I like it very much. The 2600 ford had a manual angle plow and I got good with it so that I seldom had to get off to adjust the thing. The JD-5055 has a 4 way blade and is by far the best.

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Justin_jkj

01-10-2017 18:14:30




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to Cal Innes, 10-09-2013 02:45:50  
Hey I just got a 5055e! Can you sent me some photos of the Mount! Thanks



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RickB

10-09-2013 02:33:50




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
I've used tractor mounted front plows on 2WD tractors for 40 years. With tire chains they work well. It will help if all your jobs are in a small travel area. Corrosion from road salt & CaCl is a big problem.



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BushogPapa

10-08-2013 19:23:05




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
It all depends on what you plan to do..

I like a 7' rear blade for clearing driveways and a front loader bucket is a great addition (to pile it up)..

Ron.



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LaVern Skarzenski

10-08-2013 18:41:09




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
Go to galleries on the left side here. Click on Tractor photos. Click on search button. Type in MF 35 and you will see some photos of the frame work for my MF35. I did use a Western Plow from a pickup.

LaVern Skarzenski



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wvfarmboy54

10-08-2013 18:09:52




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
done it on a 5030 works great use the ford if u want to get it started this winter



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DeltaRed

10-08-2013 17:35:34




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 Re: Putting a snow plow on the front of a tractor in reply to david1, 10-08-2013 17:04:21  
Which tractor has the best fuel economy;the easiest starter in cold weather? does one have a heated cab?If all you have is 2wd,them you will want tire chains.Yes,I'll bet you can build a framework to carry your snowplow.



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