snow clearing

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by Rollacosta, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    Can you clear snow properly with a compact tractor and front end loader with standard bucket...Will /could you do damage to parking lot surfaces
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Takes to long to scoop and remove with a bucket. Put a plow on the front and you will out work a plow truck
  3. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    olderthandirt or anyone else do you have links for a plow that fits on a tractor ??
  4. Larry Davis

    Larry Davis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Just go to

    Everything you could ever possibly want to know about tractors and implements, what's good, what's bad, where to buy, etc. It's all on there.
  5. countyline

    countyline LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Have you tried using a scrape blade, I have much better luch w/ hyd. scrape blade than the FEL, however a plow does work well.
  6. cuttinjoe

    cuttinjoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    We have the 8ft model on a Kubota L5030 Its a good blade Its the spare tractor so I don't use it often. Only thing I don't like about plowing with the tractor is that its not heavy enough and can can pushed sideways by a big windrow.

    olderthandirt I agree with your first statement but your second is too vague. I plow with a Versatile 276 and 9ft plow my co-worker drives a 93 dodge with a 9ft plow on it. Our plowing speed is the same but I'm quicker in reverse because of the hydro. But his travel speed is more then double mine. The boss drives a New Holland TV140 with a 12ft blade and hes a lot quicker then both of us but again his road speed is slower then the dodge. The Kubota doesn't even compare to the dodge. So I guess what I'm saying is that the tractor has to be fairly big to compete with a plow truck. Both of the big tractors are articulating and bi-directional and that seems to make them even quicker then a conventional tractor
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  7. True Cut Lawn Maintenance

    True Cut Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do they make those articulating versitle tractors anymore?? I always noticed they were more previlant int he very northern plains and Canada, a JD with a 6 foot blade, maybe say a 5000 or 5000 ten series would be good for that sort of work
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I thought the conversation was about compacts tractors. If it was you would out work a plow truck on the locaations that you would use a compact those places being smaller gas stations conveince store etc. Hydro and lock up one brake and your heading in the opposire direction while the truck is still trying to do a 3 point turn. In large wide open parking areas I would'nt use a tractor at all to plow maybe a loader with a 12 -15 pusher but a large tandem axle truck with salter is the only fast to clear large areas
  9. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mac, How do you get the tractor to the jobsite? Isn't that kind of tricky driving a trailer in the snow? It is something I'm kicking around the idea for next year but transporting is the issue. Thanks Matt
  10. cuttinjoe

    cuttinjoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I still can't see the tractor being faster. Ive spent more then a few nights using the 5030 to plow, never have I locked up one brake. I plow everything from a large big box grocery store to small gas stations and apartments. that tractor has never been quicker. It has a blower on the back similar to the pronovost Xpro (thats the quickest driveway blower around) I use it so I don't have to back drag a spot to start but still its not faster. Just my opinion

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