Exmark or Ferris for pushing snow?

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  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Wondering what mower would be better at pushing snow with a blade. My exmark that I used last year did pretty well, but I am wondering if the ferris DD would be better for it? There used to be lots of guys that used their WBS for plowing snow on here.
     
  2. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    What exmark do you have?
     
  3. lawnboy852

    lawnboy852 LawnSite Member
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    my Hustler SWB does a pretty good job with my very makeshift (prototype hahaha) plow, basically a board in front of it... I would look at the tires the machine has on it, you might find that NARROWER tires with more tread will do a better job, as they will get through the slush and snow to the pavement/ground whereas wider tires tend to float on top of it.
     
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    MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Last year I used the TT for plowing and thought I would need chains, but it didnt have any traction issues at all. The biggest problem was putting enough weight on the front to keep the blade down, Thats why I thought about leaving the deck on and just mounting the blade to the front of the deck support frame, but that would be one long plow!
     
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  5. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Which companies make snow blades or snow blower attachments for walk behind mowers and ztr mowers?
     
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    MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I think JRCO and Toro make one, but I am using a blade made for a riding tractor and I just modified the mounting bracket to fit a WB, Mine is 48" wide.
     
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  7. lawnboy852

    lawnboy852 LawnSite Member
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    Could I see pictures of that modification?
     
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  8. workinggirl

    workinggirl LawnSite Member
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    I got a Mibar plow last summer and it's the coolest thing out there, its got enough down pressure to lift the ZTR casters off the ground. My favorite part is the Quick Clamps that let the snow plow come of by pulling on a handle in front.

    Videos of a Dixie Chopper plowing and an exmark Lazer on their site.
    http://mibarproducts.com/videos.html
     
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    MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Something like that Mibar plow would easily mount to a WB frame too!
     
  10. WarriorLandscaping

    WarriorLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey guys, wanted to revisit this.

    I have a Ferris FW-35 48" 18.5 HP Kawi.

    I think this thing would eat snow for breakfast - it's very strong, I barely crank up the speed when I mow.

    Has anyone successfully attached a plow on these units for commercial snow plowing?

    We have some large driveways and small parking lots where I could see this taking care of business.

    My other idea was an Atv with a plow, but that is a good chunk of change!
     
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