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 01-07-2004, 13:55 Post: 73363
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

I'm considering buying either a front-mounted snowblower or a front blade for my 2210 for snow removal. I was hoping someone may have some advice that might persuade me one way or the other. Basically just looking for some advice before making a decision. I think the blade runs around $950, but I'm not sure about the snowblower. Any enlightenment on the pros and cons here would be appreciated.






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 01-07-2004, 14:32 Post: 73367
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

I'm curious, why are you considering a front blade, when you already have a loader?






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 01-07-2004, 14:56 Post: 73368
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

It comes down to two real determining factors;

1) Price, a blade is significantly cheaper. The fact that it is out front is a real bonus from the point of the operator's comfort and ease of use.

2) Site conditions. If you hae lots of room for snowbanks, and they wont hinder traffic flow, sight-lines, or cause damage to the turf, etc., then a blade will work fine. If you have limited space for stacking snow or other problems a blower would probably be a better choice.

IMHO, I would put a blade on the FEL in place of the bucket first, if it is not enough you can always look around for a good used blower to see if the two together is a better option for you. This way your total budget should be the same, the savings on the used blower will cover the cost of the blade and the combination of the two implements should be able to take on anything the Great Lakes can dish out.

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 01-07-2004, 16:02 Post: 73382
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

Scooter - the main reason I was interested in a blade even though I already have a loader is for the ability to angle the blade back and forth, pushing the snow to one side or the other. I've used the loader bucket a few times, but I've found that once it fills with snow the snow will begin to come over the top of the bucket. This can be a hassle in southwestern Michigan where we sometimes get LOTS of that white stuff.

Murf - thanks for the input. Do you have any idea if Deere makes a blade to replace the bucket on a loader or would this be an after-market item?






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 01-07-2004, 17:15 Post: 73388
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

jd2210, I'm getting pretty darned fond of my blower. No banks to worry about; no driveway narrowing up on me; pretty quick job to clear the snow. I agree entirely with Murf. I didn't price rear blowers; they're a lot less expensive, but I wanted a front-mount. I've only used mine this season (including today for our latest 8-10" last night) but it works great!






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 01-07-2004, 18:06 Post: 73393
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

Why not a rear blade insead of the front blade? You can then use the FEL for scooping and removal, and th rear for quick clearing....

Of course a blower is ideal...depends on what you want in the end..

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 01-07-2004, 19:33 Post: 73397
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

Well, I'm definitely pro-blower and have the front mounted JD 47" blower on my 2210. I can see situations where a blade might be better..but 98% of the time a blower will do it better.

I've been blowing snow for 30 years, 5 different walk-behinds, a Craftsman tractor with 42" blower and now the 2210. I do 7-8 large drives plus aircraft tie-down ramps (live on a fly-in subdivision)and the blower has not had any dis-advantages where a blade would be better.

In tight places, like between buildings I change the chute direction and/or angle to put the snow where I want it. And a blower doesn't require nearly the traction a blade does..I do most of my blowing in 2WD, even on a 8% grade.

Price is a big issue. My setup was $2400 for the blower and $500 for the quicktach. The quicktach works with a rotary broom and any other front mounted pto implements.

Just MHO. Maybe we should start 2 more forums: BladeGuys & BlowerGuys.






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 01-07-2004, 19:34 Post: 73398
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

Deere does not make a blade that clamps to or replaces the FEL bucket.

They make something much better. I have the same set-up you are looking at for your 2210. It is very well designed and about 1/2 the price Kubota charges for a power angle blade for their small tractors. Also very easy to swap out with the FEL system.

I think you can do what you want to do with the JD 54 inch blade and when (or if) the berms close in on you, you can put the FEL back on and knock them back.






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 01-07-2004, 19:44 Post: 73400
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

I am definately pro-blade. I have used a front blade on my JDs for years (2210 now, going to a 4110 this month). With a rubber squeegee on asphault or concrete, it can't be beat. Loader and rear blades work, but snow removal with a front blade is 5-10 times faster than a loader and about the same 5-10 times faster than a rear blade. It is 2-3 times faster than a blower, but leaves the piles. Make sure you start the season by creating your berm a blade-width into the lawn. Of course you can use the loader to relocate the big piles if they do build up.

In Southern Michigan, you will not likely see much melting, so the blower may ultimately be the best choice. If you want to save a couple of grand, I'd get the front blade set-up. I swear by mine and will take on any other solution with snows under two feet.






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 01-07-2004, 20:27 Post: 73405
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 2210 - front blade or snow blower ?

With the loader in Delaware I'd be happy with a 250dollar back blade or a rear snow blower at best!






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