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 09-22-2001, 05:28 Post: 31956
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 Front blade for 790

I got "sticker shock" when I priced a new front blade for my 790. Anyone got a used one they want to sell?






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 09-23-2001, 04:36 Post: 31966
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I wouldn't care about the price if someone could just tell me whether it's a quick connect or not. I've got a 70 loader and I'd like to know how it mounts. Does it mount to the loader mounts? I've asked 3 dealers in connecticut and they don't have a clue. They seem to want to sell me loader arm plows. I want a front blade for small stumps and dirt/rock as well as snow. I guess I'm headed for buying a damn IOM manual before I buy the implement.






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 09-23-2001, 08:28 Post: 31969
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Brad,
I think I understand what you are saying. At first I thought the only way I could get a front blade for my 790 was to buy a loader and a blade that moutned to the loader arms. I later found out that there is a front blade that mounts directly to the frame, no loader. As to how it mounts I don't have a clue. The blade I priced was 66" or 68" wide and cost $2400 plus tax. That included installation. Good luck!






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 09-23-2001, 19:50 Post: 31972
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Brad and Ray,
The blades you are refering to mount to the front of the frame in place of the weight bracket. Then a long subframe extends under the front axle and engine, then bolts to the underside of the clutch housing. It is a very sturdy setup and it is fairly quick tach once the mounting brackets are installed. The biggest disadvantage to this type of blade is if you also have a loader or mid mount mower. alot of the mounting brackets interfere with each other, therefore they need to be removed each time you swap attachments. This makes the quick tach not so quick.






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 09-24-2001, 03:27 Post: 31974
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Removing the front weight bracket is fine since they are not used during loader or plowing operation. Do any other mounts need to be removed/replaced each time the implement is swapped? Can the loader mounts and the plow subframe both be on the tractor at the same time?






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 09-24-2001, 05:58 Post: 31976
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Maybe you can try one out first. I've heard that unless the front of your tractor is unusually heavy, a front blade will push it sideways. Anyone have any experience with this?






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 09-24-2001, 12:37 Post: 31982
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Kenny, Any experience with use? I want it to push snow, bit concerned about the weight issue now (Roger L.) That would really make my day to spend all that money and it not do what I want. I have a rear mount mower and no loader so I should be OK from the mounting standpoint.






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 09-24-2001, 20:27 Post: 31993
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Ray,
The fron end sliding should not be a problem under most circumstances. I do think it is even less of a problem if you have ag tires instead of turf tires. They give better traction in snow.






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 10-24-2001, 20:03 Post: 32655
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Why would anyone consider spending $2400 on a snow blade when you can get a front mount snow blower for the same price or a 3 point for $1200? I've had a front tractor mounted snow blade and it's usefulness was limited. I now use a 60" 3 point Allied blower and never worry about the drifts being too hard, too deep, or run out of places to throw it. Maybe I've improperly assumed that your going to push snow, I guess you may have other uses in mind.






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 10-27-2001, 07:40 Post: 32688
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I guess I can see that a front blade that didn't use a loader frame and arms or hydraulics could cost $2,400, especially if it had hydraulic angling. However, such a thing wouldn't interest me too much. I'm a confirmed 3ph-blower user. Of course, I don't have a 1/4-mile drive. There's also no good place to push snow, and we get frequent snows that are heavier than could be easily pushed with a blade. So, a blower works for me better than a blade. On the other hand, one reason for having a blade rather than a blower is speed. A blade is quite a bit faster than a blower for snows that are light enough to push in one pass, but provided there's room to push the stuff (it takes a lot of time to push frozen birms back if you run out of space). I think that Roger's comment about blades pushing the front-end to the side should be noted. I think thatís an issue for angled blades. I haven't used a front blade, so maybe I don't know, but I do know that I could use more steering sometimes even without having to push a blade as well as the front end around. The front wheels don't always have enough traction to push the tractor around sharp turns when using the 3ph-blower. That becomes an issue for me when I'm trying to get off the highway shoulder in the face on an on-coming transport. Sometimes I carry a bucket of 'shoulder slush' to add some weight in the front just so I can make the turn faster if necessary.






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