Dozer blades on Skid Steers

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by vntgrcr, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. vntgrcr

    vntgrcr LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys,
    I am curious if any of you have succesfully used a 6 way blade on a skid steer. I have just bought a new T190 and it is a pretty good pusher. The dealer has a blade there that they are willing to let go at a decent price. They will let me demo it if I want but curious what the real world experience is. I totally understand that it isn't a D3 by any means but it would go a long way to shaping driveways, and misc cuts. I would think as long as you work within the limits of the machine and attachment it would be productive. Let me know what you think.
    David
     
  2. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think on tracked machine they would work well. I have watched them on a wheeled machine and unless the ground conditons are ideal they are difficult to use and be productive. The longer tracked wheel base (is there such a thing?) would help avoid the tortoising that is easy to do with a short wheel base machine. I always thought that a grader attachment like the one from Van Boh would be money better spent for driveways and grading. I thought that you could utilize it more. Unless you needed a mini dozer in which case the 6 way would probably do better. I could have picked one up a Van Boh here for 4K nearly brand new. Waited one day and it was gone.:cry:
     
  3. Construct'O

    Construct'O LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Sw Iowa
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    I have 6 way dozer blade built very heavy, it is a Grouser blade. I use it a lot backfilling tile drainage trenches.I backfill several thousand feet ,so i like because it very productive for that.

    I have a Deere 332 CTL track machine i'm using.I had a 10' angle blade to start with ,but traded it in on an 8ft 6 way blade. It is a lot hander and nicer to have to tilt if your working on uneven ground or trying to corner your blade to cut with.The 10ft blade was a little to much,wouldn't go in the ground as good and to much side draft if you did much corning in piles.

    The 8 ft works very good.It's not like using a dozer ,since i have dozers there is quite a bit of difference.For what i use mine for it is the ticket.
     
  4. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Like the other guys said, if they are used in the right conditions, they can be productive. We traded for a heavy duty blade for our 1845C several years back, and it didn't grade for sh!t. I think it's a BradCo brand. It's very heavy and makes the loader bouce, and you can't get a feel for the grade. I think a lighter, smaller blade on a CTL would be effective though. I haven't tried our blade on my CT332, because the majority of our work is with dozers, so it wouldn't be as efficient. I think a blade would be ideal for tight areas where you couldn't spin the machine, but you could windrow the dirt where you needed it. It would also be good for cutting swales between close houses if the ground wasn't too hard.
     
  5. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
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    like they all mentioned... I don't get much use out of mine, (ez to gouge) best use is cutting swales or crowning a driveway, but it is much faster and ez'r on a dozer. The CTL is ez enough to twist around and use the bucket (4in1 preferred) to offset a cut, unless it is too tight (possibly around homes) I'm usually doing rural places so more room around grades. I find the 6 way pretty slow, both in hyd action and having to go slow to keep from making 'Whoop-dee-doos'. I have 'shoes' on each end, (mount behind blade) and they help, but still prefer a dozer.
     
  6. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Unless you're doing rough cuts I think it would be a waste of time. If you're cutting a road or something like that you'd be alright but finish grading is best done with a bucket on a skid. I thought about getting one for our 277, but decided not to as they are so limited. If I need a dozer, I go rent one. Aside from that, combo buckets are better money spent.
     
  7. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was kicking the idea of a 6 way blade for next year when i purchase a second machine. We dont really do a lot of drive way work but a lot of top soil work and at times when rough grade donr satisfy us we have to sit it. I did buy 3 years ago a tilt tach worked on bucket not bad but we kept on tearing hoses like one of bobcats worst down falls. We didnt even fix it this year it just sits. So for what i do you think just stick with the bucket?
    Mike
     
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, if you're pushing piles of topsoil, a bucket will do just fine, but a combo bucket works even better. Hit the pile, back up while opening the clamshell, then once empty, drive forward into the pile while closing the clamshell. This is significantly faster than a standard bucket where you have to lift the arms, curl the bucket out, lower and hit the pile again. I have found combo buckets to be a necessity for us.
     
  9. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tilt Tach should cover it, I'd spend some time on hose routing and retention scheme to avoid tearing (no need / time for that)

    the combo bucket is a real plus when grading (metered, as in a scraper, dirt rolls into bucket) and back dragging with it open (two lips at different heights for metering out the clods and finishing with fines in a single pass !! :clapping: ) and of course as a third hand for pulling posts and moving trees and rocks,:weightlifter: AND as Scag mentioned, clamming material to get the last drop.:blob2:
     
  10. vntgrcr

    vntgrcr LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a combo bucket that I don't even use. From the sounds of things, I should practice a little more with that and save myself $4500 from buying the blade. The dealer did tell me the blade has been sitting there for quite a while. Thanks for all the help and suggestions guys.
     

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