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ProTouch Groundscapes
02-15-2010, 08:18 PM
need some advice on skid steer mounted snowblowers in the 84-96" range. any recommendations, which ones to avoid, things to look for??

will be mounted on an 05 ASV RC100 with hi flow hydros rated at 38gm at 3300psi, machine also has the 14pin round electrical connector.

will be used for doing a 60+ home HOA with driveways that are about a trucklength long and 2 cars wide.

heres a pic of the drives:

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m300/frndinalowplace/IMG00102-20100215-1713.jpg
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m300/frndinalowplace/IMG00109-20100215-1715.jpg
http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m300/frndinalowplace/IMG00110-20100215-1716.jpg


so far ive looked at the bobcats, and FFC branded 84" dual motor unit for approx $9K

Blue Goose
02-15-2010, 09:51 PM
Not me, a friend of mine in N.D.

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m362/7point62/Home/S1052032.jpg

http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m362/7point62/Home/S1052020.jpg

Junior M
02-15-2010, 10:48 PM
dont get one, all snow fall in the western hemisphere will cease..

Ask Kaiser and RSG.

alco
02-15-2010, 11:09 PM
dont get one, all snow fall in the western hemisphere will cease..

Doubt that....I mean, haven't you heard about this?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html

Junior M
02-15-2010, 11:20 PM
Doubt that....I mean, haven't you heard about this?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html
1) I was joking

2) When Kaiser bought his, if I remember correctly, the snow they had been getting regularly stopped.. I know for sure the same happened with RSG.

J. Peterson Grading
02-16-2010, 12:21 AM
Get a Kage plow. You don't need a blower.

A blower is going to be a huge waste of money, believe me I have one. Its handy when the snow gets deep or drifted. But the rest of the time its just there and usless.

A Kage will be the best tool you could have on accounts like this.

J.

alco
02-16-2010, 04:25 AM
1) I was joking

2) When Kaiser bought his, if I remember correctly, the snow they had been getting regularly stopped.. I know for sure the same happened with RSG.

Yeah, I pretty much got that......

Don't tell me you actually thought I was serious.

MarcSmith
02-16-2010, 06:30 AM
we got a second JD skidloader here on campus 2 years ago. and for the last two years we got almost no snow. then we get hammered this year. So murphy does reside here as well.

I too have been looking at the potential for a snow blower for the skid. One of the things we have to do is move snow off an artifical field. and it would be nice to just be able to "skim the top" and not have to worry of snagging the turf....

We use a sweepster broom mounted to the front of the loader and it does a really great job up to about 6-8" the only problem is that you really can't operate it around people too much...

RockSet N' Grade
02-16-2010, 08:28 AM
Murphy's Law........becoming a very close friend of mine. Yea, I bought a beast of a blower for almost $9k.......it just sits because of lack of snow. This blower is the same as Shane's and will blow the snow 60 plus feet and hog a hole through snow like nobody's business.....if you have snow to blow. I used it one day and was thouroughly impressed with the performance. I have the 2400XL from Quick Attach, 84" wide and cuts 36" deep and it also came with a truck loading chute which I have yet to have the pleasure of using.
With those little driveways a walkbehind on tracks may be another option for 1/10 the price of a skid mounted unit.

MarcSmith
02-16-2010, 08:58 AM
rock,

i was looking at the quick attach....Ive got their grapple bucket and was impressed with the build quality...

jimmyjack
02-16-2010, 09:35 AM
Get a Kage plow. You don't need a blower.

A blower is going to be a huge waste of money, believe me I have one. Its handy when the snow gets deep or drifted. But the rest of the time its just there and usless.

A Kage will be the best tool you could have on accounts like this.

J.

its what i'd buy seems like the best of both worlds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayDCGIK6XfE

ProTouch Groundscapes
02-16-2010, 10:44 AM
ive been getting similar responses on using snow buckets/blades instead of the blower, but as you can see from the pictures, there is very little room to stack the snow on the properties. If i would pull the snow off the drives and onto the street, i would then have to push the piles to the empty lots and then stack them there.

there would be snow mountains all along the road until you decide to go push them all the way around to the empty sites.

the reason i was thinking blower was because i can spread the snow across the yards and put it where i want it.

J. Peterson Grading
02-16-2010, 04:07 PM
Yep, spread it across a yard and blow out every window within your spreading distance.

I have one and I know what they will do in a tight neighborhood like the one you are talking about.

Just back drag the drives then push it up into the yards. Keep it simple and make more money.

J.

ksss
02-16-2010, 04:48 PM
Get a Kage plow. You don't need a blower.

A blower is going to be a huge waste of money, believe me I have one. Its handy when the snow gets deep or drifted. But the rest of the time its just there and usless.

A Kage will be the best tool you could have on accounts like this.

J.

If you live in Iowa the above maybe true. Here not so much. While this year sucks for snow in the West a blower has value. Many places get too much snow to push. Normally. You have to market it correctly. Even on a slow snow year like this year. I still blow piles off of lots, cheaper than trucking it, doesn't work on every lot but when it works it works well. As far as blowing out windows. Thats kinda silly. Like anything else, don't have your head up your ass and you will be fine. If you are only blowing snow off of driveways you likely would not need as much blower as what Rock and I have. You could get by cheaper.

alco
02-16-2010, 05:20 PM
Yep, spread it across a yard and blow out every window within your spreading distance.

Just curious, have you ever thought about aiming your chute down a bit so as not to plaster the houses? Just a thought. I'm used to a bit larger blower though, so what do I know.

TonyG
02-16-2010, 07:02 PM
skid, and it is a great tool to have.
I like the build quality of Erskine, we bought an ES2400 mounted on a A300. Love this setup!

If you have flotation tires on your skid like we do, they thoroughly suck in the snow, we bought a set of Pewag chains for the back in 2-link as opposed to 4-link for better traction and ride($455 delivered for 33x15.50-16.50).
We'll see how this works, if necessary, we'll grab a set for the front as well.

ProTouch Groundscapes
02-16-2010, 07:43 PM
When i go back there ill try and get a picture of an entire yard to see how much space there will be for piling snow. we have had lots of steady snowfalls with very few periods warm enough to melt. Which is why we have massive piles at the end of driveways that ive had to bust up.

i got the feeling from the residents that many are not happy with the piles, and even more so that they are intruding onto their driveways. although i realize that your gonna have piles if you have snow. Once i talk to the prez i can get a feel if they are willing to pay a premium for blower work in the site. this way with no piles the place will look better. if they arent gonna be paying more than what they are now, ill go the cheaper route with a kage type system and snowbucket, at least with a skid steer i can get the piles spread around the yards more so than a truck can.