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Old 11-15-2012, 05:40 AM
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tires are always better than tracks in the snow. the tracks float on top of the snow instead of cutting through it with wheels and getting to the traction on the pavement.
This is exactly why we got this, for snow. We have not built our business around hardscaping, but even after 10 seasons in business, ya never know.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:07 AM
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This is exactly why we got this, for snow. We have not built our business around hardscaping, but even after 10 seasons in business, ya never know.
I have pushed snow with tracks and tires, and it is a huge difference with tires. It will take you three times longer with tracks
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:17 AM
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[QUOTE=deerewashed;4583572]tires are always better than tracks in the snow. the tracks float on top of the snow instead of cutting through it with wheels and getting to the traction on the pavement. QUOTE]

This is exactly what i was going to say. Tracks are high flotation and good for heavy loads as they are less tippy. Tires are good for snow removal because they have less floatation(more pressure on each tire hitting the pavement=better traction pushing icy wet snow)

I think i may bite the bullet and buy a used 2009 s185. This thread just entices me more!

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:38 PM
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try and find a larger machine....you wont regret it in the future....ideal for me would be an a300
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:54 PM
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Used a t190 today for sod, but have been using a t140 for dirt work, going to get one next year. Really am leaning towards a heavier machine to lift sod and such with.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:11 AM
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try and find a larger machine....you wont regret it in the future....ideal for me would be an a300

Our service area is so tight(7 miles..for snow), that this size is actually perfect for us. We are not into landscaping, this machine will perform mostly snow work.
The only thing I regret is I didn't start my business when I was 25. haha Maybe I could be sitting back right now watching the business grow from the sidelines
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:15 AM
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We have an t300,t320,s250, a300. And then one 865 turbo I relieve. 2 ls170s and a l180. Also 2 Deere wheeled machines.

I hate running the a300. It's wayyy too bouncy and the controls are no where near smooth. But I use it everyday cause of the joysticks and cab lol. The 4 wheel steering is a nice feature as well.

I prefer the s250 I'm faster in it. They all have their places
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:34 PM
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I have a S185, S250, and recently a T300. The machine we use the most throughout the year is the S185. The size is perfect for many applications.

For snow, the wheels are much better than tracks. I just purchased a set of snow tracks for my T300. I will see how it works out this winter.
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i like the a300 cause it will save your ass on buying tires....and good for all year round.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:53 PM
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I just got a S205 for the same purpose. A 2010 model though, 2spd, a/c, hiflow. 79" blower is coming in next week. Snow wolf tires I should pick up on Tuesday.

Besides track machines not working well in snow is most are single speed which hurts for production for tight routes.
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