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Tractor Talk Discussion Forum

snow plows on tractors

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7lazy77

10-15-2009 13:36:27
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I am considering getting a snow plow for my tractor. I have a "quick attach" on the loader & think that this will work pretty good to move a little snow & to break drifts this winter. I would just weld the quick attach plate onto the plow. Anybody have any comments (positive/negative) on a snow plow mounted on the loader of a tractor? Does it work well??




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chevytaHOE5674

10-17-2009 16:02:32
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I much prefer plowing with the pickup over the tractor. It saves so much time and its comfy warm inside the cab, and the truck has decent suspension.
Use the tractor with a blower when the banks get 5-8 feet high.



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omahagreg

10-16-2009 05:37:11
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I take the bucket off my Freeman trip loader, and mount a home made wood and angle iron blade on it. Works good, especially for making tall piles! Greg



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Adrian Billheimer

10-15-2009 22:05:56
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  

Here's mine, works real good, and some of my toys.



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old

10-15-2009 20:51:10
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  

V plow is the best way to go. I have tried all sorts of them and will never look back from the V plow I made



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buickanddeere

10-15-2009 20:39:44
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
Ploughing just leaves ridges and mounds which causes worse drifting. Once your use a snowblower you won't fool around with ploughing.



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DiyDave

10-17-2009 08:25:05
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to buickanddeere, 10-15-2009 20:39:44  
Snowblowers only work in dry snow, most of the snow we get in MD is wet and heavy. I made a vee plow, similar to old's, out of 2 gravely walkbehind plows, and a middle buster plow. A little welding, a little bolting, a sub frame on the tractor, so you are pushing from the rear axle, and you are in business. When properly thought out and built, a snowplow will cause it to not snow for 7-10 years, around here, anyways!

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Ken Macfarlane

10-16-2009 05:47:41
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to buickanddeere, 10-15-2009 20:39:44  
I had a plow truck, went to tractor and blower, then put a power angle plow on the loader.
The blower just can't clean up gravel driveways like a plow can and it is so slow. The wind generally blows the same direction here so I always plow downwind. Once the bank gets too big I just blow it back. Saves a lot of time. We get about one big storm a week from mid december until mid march.



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7lazy77

10-15-2009 21:01:22
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to buickanddeere, 10-15-2009 20:39:44  
Been down that road & the snow blower did me NO good. By the time the wind quit blowing & I would go out to throw some snow, the blower would just float up on top of the drift. Tried putting extra weight on it...no go! Without a little down pressure, the blower was useless. I live in Wyoming so the snow just dont fall straight down. It drifts quite a bit, but eventually the snow will settle enough to minimize the drifting. That is when I would go out & break drifts with a plow.

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buickanddeere

10-16-2009 03:55:31
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 21:01:22  
I live in the land of horizontal snow in Bruce County.Blading is nearly useless as snow bank worsen the drifting. No problems with the tractor mounted snowblower here. I have to shorten the top link to prevent the blower from throwing driveway gravel. Just don't let anybody drive on the snow before blowing it. Or it will pack into an ice bottom and build up.



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Doug - Iowa

10-15-2009 18:44:59
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I used an old pickup plow that was broken at the pivot, got it for $100. I built it into fixed blade for my loader and its great. Nicest feature is I can raise it high to push the top off piles near the ditch and pile more up that ever could with a pickup plow.



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7lazy77

10-15-2009 19:12:47
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to Doug - Iowa, 10-15-2009 18:44:59  
You wouldn't happen to have a picture you could post would you?



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Doug - Iowa

10-16-2009 04:43:47
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 19:12:47  
Don't have my latest one out of the weeds yet, but this is one I made a couple years ago. Same principle, loader arms anchor to two pieces of steel welded to the bottom of the blade, two heavy straps bolt to the top of the blade and to the upper part of the loader arm. My current one has a quick tach for the Westendorf loader.



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Doug - Iowa

10-16-2009 04:50:59
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to Doug - Iowa, 10-16-2009 04:43:47  
Opps, picture didn't work. I'll try to figure out how to post it and get back to you. I can email it, email is open.



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john d

10-15-2009 18:14:48
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I have a heavy duty BushHog/Freeman trip-bucket loader that I use on either my Farmall M or Super M. I removed the bucket and fabricated a simple snow blade (no angle adjustment) that's 8 feet wide and 42" high. I have good tires with fluid in them, two sets of wheel weights on each side, and a rear blade hanging on the back for additional weight. I can go through wet snow drifts two feet deep in 3rd gear without any problem. It was more of a struggle, but the SM and I broke through some 5' drifts in 4th gear a few years ago. I've cleared driveways, barnlots, and sometimes county roads with great success. If you go very fast, you'd better be extremely sure of smooth terrain!
I keep telling myself I'll get around to building a better one someday.

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MSJ from MN

10-15-2009 17:58:34
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I made a mount and have a 8' Meyers on my JD 2020. Works awesome. It is mounted directly to the tractor not on a loader.



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RayP(MI)

10-15-2009 16:45:27
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
Unless tractor has pretty heavy front end, you'll find that the plow will push you around a bunch. Also need plenty traction on the rear... wheelweights, chains.



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Ultradog MN

10-15-2009 17:14:23
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to RayP(MI), 10-15-2009 16:45:27  
Also the further you have it mounted out front the more it will push you sideways. Best to have it mounted as close to the front of your tractor as you can.



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Bryan in Iowa

10-15-2009 16:38:10
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I took an old 3 point blade , mounted it on the bucket of my lil mustang 310 skidloader , put tire chains on the rear tires. Man will that thing move snow !!! 6ft blade, and it works great .



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Goose

10-15-2009 16:28:03
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I have a professionally built vee plow that replaces the bucket on the loader on my H Farmall by pulling three pins. With tire chains and a windbreaker, that old gal will go through a lot of snow.

HOWEVER, I also have an old Chevy 4wd pickup with a power angle plow on it. I can do in an hour with the pickup what would take all day with the H. Plus it's nice and warm inside the cab on the pickup.

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Mathias NY

10-15-2009 16:09:31
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
Here's a link to one that clamps onto your loader bucket. Easy on and easy off.



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SJ

10-15-2009 15:40:55
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
3 years before I bought my farm I purchased a pick-up with a plow.Knowing it would be the most valuable piece of equipment I own and I dont mean money value.Ive lived in New York my whole life,so I know snow.15 years later I still have that truck and plow.I dont think it wont be on the road much longer but Ill do whatever it takes to keep it able to plow.Over the years Ive seen people on this site use tractors to plow.If thats your only option then do what ya gotta do.But Ive also seen people with 7-8-9 tractors and have there one tractor all set up for plowing snow.Ive plowed snow at work (paper mill)with a tractor,its a nightmare as far as Im concerned.If I had 7-8-9 tractors,trust me, some of them would be up for sale to buy the pick-up. Dont mean to be a smart azz,just my opinion.

Stan

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snoop-nc

10-15-2009 14:55:35
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
I hope and trust there is some sort of trip mechanism on those front mounted blades. I was using my loader bucket pushing snow and hit a meter/valve housing protruding from pavement. Let's just say I was happy I was wearing seatbelt or I would have been grabbing for muffler or radiator cap!! I'm sure similar things could happen with a push blade!!

Rick



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Joe Dowling

10-15-2009 14:11:35
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  

I have a Farmall "H" with a homemade plow on the front end loader. With chains, loaded tires, and 3 sets of wheel weights, the old girl goes right through snow and can push up piles 8-10 feet high.



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gun guru

10-15-2009 13:57:43
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  
My neighbor has a dozer blade on a skid steer loader and it works well for gravel and dirt, I am sure that it will work very well for snow.



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John730D

10-15-2009 13:57:37
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 13:36:27  

I did that with my backhoe. I hooked my aux. hydraulic to the angle cylinders. Works really good and I can change back to bucket in just a couple of minutes.



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PJH

10-15-2009 14:39:31
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to John730D, 10-15-2009 13:57:37  
Nice job - what brand of hoe is that?

Paul



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John730D

10-15-2009 15:47:06
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to PJH, 10-15-2009 14:39:31  
Sorry, I had to go make supper. We had breakfast.

The backhoe is a Bobcat B-300. They only made them for a few years. Bobcat bought out Earth Force and got this backhoe.

I bought it on an internet auction from the orignal dealer. It only had 69 hr.s on it at the time. It now has 273. I have had it for about three years and will keep it forever. My son already has put dibbs on when I am gone.

Really handy unit to have around. I have two buckets, the snowplow, a set ot forks, and a post hole digger for it. Anything else I need, I just rent from the local Bobcat dealer.

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7lazy77

10-15-2009 14:03:25
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to John730D, 10-15-2009 13:57:37  
NOW THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT! What size it the plow (width & height)?



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John730D

10-15-2009 14:13:27
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to 7lazy77, 10-15-2009 14:03:25  
I think it is 9 ft. wide. Height is about 30 to 36 inches. It came off of a one ton truck. This one is a Western. I just made the brackets to fit my loader quick tach.



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7lazy77

10-15-2009 14:19:48
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 Re: snow plows on tractors in reply to John730D, 10-15-2009 14:13:27  
Thanks, NICE SETUP!



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