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 10-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 9286
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Well, Winter is coming and I'm thinking it would be fun to try out a front blade on my 33 HP Yanmar. Has anyone ever used one? How do they work in deep snow? Any hints? Should I build one or buy one? Roger Loving






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 10-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 9288
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I'm considering one as well. JD is now offering a quick tach blade for their 420, 430, and 460 loaders. Curtis has been offering them for many other loaders for several years as well. (See www.curtiscab.com). My concern is how easy it is to keep the tractor on course when you have the blade angled at say 30 degrees. With the blade side load acting so far in front of the front wheels, it may be very easy to push them sideways makeing it difficult to maintain course. Anyone out there with personel experience using a Curtis Blade on a loader???






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 10-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 9290
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I would like to try this too. I asked my dealer today and he mentioned how he has a number of people who run a 3-point blower on the back and the loader-blade on the front. Real handy for running back and forth if you have to clear a large area such as a parking lot. He wanted about $2000.00 to put one on my L4310 Kubota.Bruce Lahmayer






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 10-30-1999, 00:00 Post: 9292
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Have no experience with blade in snow but have recently acquired a curtise hydraulic angle blade that would replace my loader bucket. On and off is dirt simple. Two pins and hook up two hydraulic hoses. We get some respectable snow here and last winter I had to bring in payloader to move the snow piles to get more room for more snow. {I gotta move to florida}. I presently use a blade on my cubcadet and it does a decent job except it can't pile snow too well. At times I haul out a 8hp-27 snowblower but at times I lose it and the snow blower won't touch the piles. Hence the payloader. Last winter at my place of business I saw one of the grounds guys running a brand new ford 1920 {with heated cab} and a curtise angle plow. He was pile snow at least 9 feet high. He actually was driving up the pile and shoving it left and right with the angle. I knew that I had to have a curtise plow for my JD870. Got one. Hate to say this but am looking forward to about 2 feet of snow to try it out. All of my neigbors are in awe of the setup and so am I. Better work or I'm out $1700. In about a month or two I'll let you know how it works. When I asked the grounds guy how he liked it, he just grinned himself silly. When I asked him if I could run it he said "nope, they bought it for me and it is my toy" Would have fought him for it but my wife was with me and couldn't understand why I was ready to drag him from the machine and hauled me out of there. Heard about it the rest of the way home,too. If it works half as good as the 1920, I can't miss.






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 10-31-1999, 00:00 Post: 9298
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Bo, that's real interesting. May your sandbox be filled with tons of snow this year......... I'm concerned about the same thing that Jack is. In that the blade might force the tractor's front end to skid to the side when the blade is angled. It sounds like the guy you saw using the loader blade might of been using it mostly in the straight ahead position on a wide flat surface like a parking lot. Then he wouldn't have to push with the blade angled so much. My application is a long and steep dirt driveway with a hill on one side and a drop-offon the other....with a couple of wide spots to put snow. So I know what you mean by "using up" your snow storage area. I hope that you will post on how the loader blade works out for you this winter. And I do hope it snows on you early and often..... It is way past time for me to get another new toy for my tractor and I sure have been eyeing those loader blades. Roger L.






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 10-31-1999, 00:00 Post: 9307
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Roger, the guy pushing the snow just finished doing some wide sidewalks. He also had ag tires mine are turf. Don't know if it makes a difference. Sounds like if you get a blade and start moving snow with the angle and slew around towards your drop off you just might have a small problem on your hands. Understand your concern. I personaly prefer to push snow as I do now with my cub cause my 27 inch snowblower is a lot of walking and time and most of all with the wind in the wrong direction more gets on me then where it is supposed to go. Snows early and often? Give me a break all I want is 2feet once. If it went to 65 degrees and stayed there I couldn't be happier. Will let you know how it works out. Bo






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 10-31-1999, 00:00 Post: 9313
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I HAVE A KUBOTA 2710 AND WAS LOOKING FOR A CURTIS PLOW. MY BROTHER LIVES IN NJ AND SAID HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW HAD A FRONT PLOW FOR HIS TRACTOR. HE SAID IT ACTED LIKE A RUDDER IN DEEP SNOW 12"+. MY BROTHER JUST USES HIS LOADER FOR HIS 500' GRAVEL DRIVEWAY. I BOUGHT A 6' GRADER BLADE AND WILL USE FOR MY 750' GRAVEL DRIVEWAY.I LIKE THE IDEA OF USING THE BUCKET IF THE SNOW GETS TOO HIGH.I LIKE SNOW SO I PRAY OFTEN.LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LIT IT SNOW......FRED






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 10-31-1999, 00:00 Post: 9317
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Someone is going to have to help me to understand how to move snow with a loader bucket. I hear about it all the time, but everytime I try it I can get about five or ten feet forward and then the bucket is packed solid with snow....I end up pushing a wedge of snow that stops the tractor. Then I need a jackhammer to get that compacted snow out of the bucket because it sure won't fall out on its own. And even if I could get it out, where am I going to dump the snow? The only place that I can drive is the short swath that I've just cleared, and it is too narrow to turn around in. I can't drive through the new-fallen snow, it is so deep that the tractor just can't do it. Besides, if I COULD drive around in the white stuff then I darn sure wouldn't be out there moving it around with the tractor! I'm thinking that I need some lessons here.






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 11-01-1999, 00:00 Post: 9319
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I bought a loader blade from www.easternfarmmachinery.com for $900.00 (84")It isn't spring loaded and has mechanical angling but on my paved driveway it works fine. They show one that is spring loaded and hydraulic angle but it was out of my price range.






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 11-01-1999, 00:00 Post: 9327
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As a landscaper who uses 6 Kubota's (as well as a fleet of trucks and bigger equip.) for snow removal, I will let you in on a little secret. A blade in place of the loader bucket will move snow many times faster than a regular front-mount blade can. The reason is the loader mount is in the middle of the tractor, so weight is distributed front to rear, and also, the weight is standing on the front axle. Besides the reach of the loader is unbeatable for detailing and stacking. If you want extra traction, put an old 3pth fertilizer spreader full of sand on the back. Best of luck.






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