SSL and angle snow blade

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by TerraFirma Excavating, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. TerraFirma Excavating

    TerraFirma Excavating LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I am thinking of getting an angle snow blade for my Bobcat 773T loader. I have about 1/2 a mile of road to plow to my house. Using a bucket is time consuming, so I'd like to get an angle blade and just make 2 passes (once each direction) to plow the road after a snowfall.

    A friend of mine said that the SSL has too short of a wheelbase and the angle blade will turn the machine too easily. Is this correct? I'd like to get an 8' blade. I chain all 4 tires, so this should help prevent it from turning the machine. Will I be wasting my money on an angle blade and be better off getting a snow push?
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    If you're doing a driveway and need to angle the snow to one side there isn't a better tool. Guys plow with angle blades on skids all the time. Most of them do use push boxes, but you can use an 8' foot plow easy.
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    Your friends full of crap. The weight of the skidsteer will keep it planted.
  4. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Like scag said you should be fine on the driveway. In a parking lot they are hard to use when you get a good sized windrow going. But pushing in a straight line they go like a champion.
  5. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,170

    I use one and as long as your not trying to push too much of a windrow at one time they work very well. If your doing a road that will only require a pass in each direction it will work great. Very quick, very clean.
  6. TerraFirma Excavating

    TerraFirma Excavating LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Good to hear. I plan on getting a angle blade to do roads and a snow push (with pullback bar) for larger lots. I like the idea of just running down the road while winging it off to the side.

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