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02-13-2014 15:23:52

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L.B, said: (quoted from post at 18:25:53 02/13/14) Hey OH aint you got a chart? graphs? or some type of laboratory study that you can pull out and post on how to properly remove a skiff of snow with a china-ese toy tractor. What would you do if you got a real snow storm? I moved a lot more snow with a stick and a spoon then what you are stuck in.I moved 2ft snow with 4ft drifts with a 8N and Wagner loader just last week without chains just sea H2O in the rear tires. If you want a free lesson I would be glad to help you learn the way to remove snow,just let me know. L.B, Master of the Obvious

I have plowed this hill for 25+ years and and you have ZERO clue what the terrain looks like beyond what little you see in that picture. If you decide to come up and help be sure to bring a shovel, a winch and something to hook it to when you get the 8N stuck because you will get it stuck - repeatedly. The little JAPANESE tractor with 4WD and loader was purchased specifically for these heavier snows because my 9N equipped with heavy field chains and filled tires spent more time on the end of a come-a-long than it did moving snow. Been there and tried that - it doesn't work worth a dam. Now the N only comes out when the snow is a foot or less and can be easily plowed to the side in a single 1/4 mile long pass :idea:

PS> The JAPANESE tractor is not stuck - it's parked while I was inside eating leftover pizza for breakfast :roll:
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02-13-2014 16:17:07

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 Re: Ran when parked. in reply to TheOldHokie, 02-13-2014 15:23:52  
Hot coffee and cold pizza, one of my favorites. I would like to see your driveway, how about some photos. L.B,

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02-14-2014 05:40:52

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 Re: Ran when parked. in reply to L.B,, 02-13-2014 16:17:07  
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Here is my oldest tractor - the 1941 9N the day I took delivery 11/31/87. Picture is taken on the the first "landing" on the lane, one of only two level spots. You can see the old wagon road that was the basis for the lane continuing back into the woods. The section headed up and to the right is a newly cut road that I added. It goes through the stone fence line that borders the old road and about 400 feet up to where the house now sits. I was really excited to get the tractor that day and that dusting on the ground was the first snow plowing job on the lane. The 9N did a masterful job ;-)

Here is a spot about 300 feet further down that is particularly tight with the old stone wall abutting the edge of the pavement on both sides. The cab on the delivery truck is sitting on the second level spot which is the turnout to my neighbors parking pad and is just about the same size as the cab. The truck driver was more than a little skilled at backing the truck but he needed considerable help from the building crew with the big 4WD forklift ;-) Most drivers would have taken one look and dropped the load on the county road.

When that area is full of snow you dig it out and haul it bucket by bucket several hundred feet backwards up the hill to dump it. Start an N nose first into there you had better make it all the way through - you will not back out......

Once past the entrance to my neighbors parking area it's another relatively mild 500 feet down to the county road. The original wagon road was cut across the face of the hill to make it easier on the horses and was widened with a crawler. The road bed is cambered to the downhill side for drainage and there is a very steep uphill bank on one side and and equally steep drop off on the right. When plowing that section if you put either tractor wheel over the right edge in 2' of snow you are not coming back up onto the road without a winch. Put up too much of a fight trying and you will wind up further down the hill sitting on the rocks in the woods. Now you will be needing the services of a small wrecker. I even know what the local Sunoco charges for that winch out ;-)

I have run lots of equipment around this hillside and I have developed a hefty respect for Old Man Gravity and heightened awareness of the limitations of even the best machinery. Put just a little drizzle on the ground and if you are not careful even this high dollar Case hoe will become a 10 ton bob sled headed for the tree line.

I have considered getting a bigger "vintage" 2WD loader tractor - something like an IH 766 with 32 inch rubber. They periodically show up around here for reasonable prices but other than a heavy snow every 4-5 years I have no use for something that big. I really should be looking for a a good size blower for the Kubby or even better a bigger HST Kubby with taller rubber and a bigger bucket ;-)


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02-14-2014 12:12:09

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 Re: Ran when parked. in reply to TheOldHokie, 02-14-2014 05:40:52  
OK, One coming up that drive would expect to find a ginger bread house or a troll under a bridge. Looks very much like a Grimm's Fairy Tale path to a witches house. I like it, with the gray overcast and black ink trees. The blower is the way to go on that if it were me. How about a V-plow and watch the snow fly? lol

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02-14-2014 13:58:28

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 Re: Ran when parked. in reply to L.B,, 02-14-2014 12:12:09  
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I refused to agree to Victorian ginger bread trim on the gables and porch but I can assure you TOOH wanted it ;-)
A blower is clearly the least expensive solution but it's such a GOOD excuse for a newer and bigger tractor.


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