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 09-10-2003, 16:15 Post: 63524
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I would like to tap into the combined wisdom of the board.
What is the best way to remove snow from gravel? Last year was a bad winter and this spring I had to put down 100 ton of stone to fix driveway and parking area. I have a plow on my truck but, it digs in and I plow stone as well as snow. I also have a 33D w/7308 also digs in and pulls up fabric under stone. My problem might well be my plowing and loader abilites but, I have been thinking about a 3pt blower (60"Wink yeah right for the 33 or a front mount(42"Wink yeah right for my JD G100. Do blowers work well on stone? I am leaning towards the 3pt it's bigger more powerful and believe it or not only about $150.00 more. Any input would be much appreciated.






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 09-10-2003, 16:29 Post: 63526
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Run the top link short so the blower sits on it's heel and it will help you build your base. Later after it freezes you can lenghten it and scrape down.






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 09-10-2003, 17:45 Post: 63533
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You need some skid shoes.






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 09-10-2003, 19:16 Post: 63536
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Mark I assume you mean skid shoes for the plow.






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 09-10-2003, 20:02 Post: 63538
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Yes, sorry. For the plow. Though I suppose you could wear them too.






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 09-11-2003, 02:42 Post: 63558
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 What's best for snow removal?

Use your PU in reverse to drag the snow out. That way the cutter does not dig into the gravel. You can use your loader bucket the same way.

A thin cover of stone over fabric is always gonna be a problem for you. Stone looks nice but is a PITA when plowing snow.

Another alternative is: Scrape it up and store it in the fall and lay it back down in the spring.

Any weapon you use you will have to hold it up and away from the stone. This includes your trusty old shovels.






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 09-11-2003, 07:19 Post: 63569
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I use my loader floated and the bucket rolled back until freeze up on my compacted pit run drives. Pit run freezes up but larger straight stone may not.

The standard skid shoes on my blower sink into the unfrozen gravel and the blower makes stone showers, so I don't use the blower until freeze up. Shortening the top-link as Art says does help. I have a few hills and dips so trying to hold the blower up with the 3ph doesn't work well.

My object is to build up a good layer of snow pack, which has decent traction and then keep it that way. There's nothing worse than frozen rain and slush on gravel. It's there till spring and the only remedy is snow pack on top of it or enough salt to relocate the dead sea. If I do get freezing rain on top of the snow pack, I can usually beat it up with loader or box scraper scarifiers and cut it off the snow pack. Can't do that if it's on gravel.

Two basic rules for snow removal. The first is if you plow, figure out where a whole winter's plowing are going to be stored. Frozen birms don't push back easily. The second is never even blow or plow when freezing rain is forecast. Frozen rough slush has decent traction but slicked off slush that gets frozen is a skating rink till spring.






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 09-11-2003, 07:45 Post: 63570
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Tom, I have set-up several front mounts to work on gravel. It does take a wider skid shoe than comes on even the best units. You can do it and it does work. You are happy with what you have and have become accustomed to it and that is fine to. Since I am beginning to feel the affects of what I've done to my body for the past x years I am not to fond of turning around( must have been the girls on the beach). I'm glad I learned how to drive tractor trailers as I can back up with mirrors quite well and after useing a three point blower last year I'm definitly not looking forward to using one again.






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 09-11-2003, 09:35 Post: 63586
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 What's best for snow removal?

A VERY important consideration when deciding what to use on your drive is whether it is Flat or Hilly!

I have had both, on the flat drive packing snow works for both the blade and the blower.

On my hilly drive packing snow really creates too much maintenance in my view if you pack it ( need to add lots of sand gravel ...etc. to get traction) too much and you lose the pack on it goes). This is such a pain I paved it so I use a Blower and keep clean it to the pavement, this way I use a minimum amount of salt and sand only a couple of bags on over 15000 sq feet of drive per season.






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 09-11-2003, 09:45 Post: 63588
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 What's best for snow removal?

We use a little different method for setting up skid shoes for gravel, on plows or blades. We use lengths of 6" black pipe as 'skid shoes', the longer the better. If there is a little ridge it tends to smooth it out and it adds a nice layer of snow-pack into the gravel.

If ice build-ups are a problem, sanding isn't the fastest and salt doesn't work at cold temps, besides its nasty to greenery. Try using ashes from a woodstove scattered liberally over the affected area, the colour causes even the slightest amount of UV to warm & melt the area.

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