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 06-05-2004, 23:52 Post: 87821
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Any suggestions for driveway snow removal equipment. Own 5 acres rolling hills. Clay based soil with 12" of top soil (soft when wet). New 250 foot road grade gravel driveway (hard pack), with 5% pitch down and 's' curve from street level. Wind driven mountain top with plenty of wind driven snow. Currenly own 13 hp MTD snow thrower but would like to make use of new JD4115 tractor (Turf Tires) and most likely with the amount of snow in the New Hampshire mountains, I will get that chance. Would a rear blade on the JD4115 be an effective add on? Will probably need the FEL for moving snow piles if needed? Any suggestions are welcome.






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 06-06-2004, 05:17 Post: 87824
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IMO On a gravel drive use a front mount hyd angle blade, you may need a set of tire chains and some weight on back as well.






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 06-06-2004, 05:59 Post: 87828
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Thanks Grinder, I had already checked the retail pricing for JD quick hitch front blade $455 + $531 for the front quick hitch and hyd lift + $148 for hyd angling. All totaled $1134 retail price. I suppose with the quick hitch feature I could set up the FEL if needed in no time. What do you think would be a fair price for that setup?






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 06-07-2004, 08:50 Post: 87915
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If you already have a FEL on your machine my suggestion would be to use a small pickup type plow mounted in place of the bucket. The extra weight of the FEL on the front end makes a big improvement in traction even without chains. It also makes stacking and detail work MUCH easier since the blade is farther out in front where you have a better view of it.

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 06-07-2004, 10:29 Post: 87925
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Thanks Murf. That's another idea I was pondering. How would the blade attach to the FEL and could I angle the blade? Would like the blade to attach and detach as simply as possible to make use of the FEL when needed.






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 06-07-2004, 10:42 Post: 87926
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We maintain the walks on campus with an L3130 and a Curtis blade. We take the bucket off and attach the blade. The blade can be angled manually; you can add hydroulics to angle the blade but we have not found it to be necessary.

We did not get a quick-attach bucket -- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS OPTION. We do not have a heated building for the tractor, and let me tell you it is no fun wrestling with the bucket or blade on a cold day (on those days, I put my administrator hat back on and head to my warm office -- at work I'm definitely a fair-weather tractor driver!)

This set-up works really well, especially in conjunction with the sander that is attached to the 3PH.






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 06-07-2004, 11:31 Post: 87928
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Your right Oliver - the quick attach would be essential. Called Curtis and for that package ( 5' manual blade w/quick attach would be $1760 retail. Will call my dealer to find what thier price would be.






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 06-08-2004, 10:50 Post: 88051
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Oliver, Kubota sells an adapter to make a 'regular' bucket & FEL into0 aquick-attach setup, it requires no modifications to either at all, it is just a smallish bracket that goes between the two and acts as a connector.

paluvsjoshua, I would look at a snow blade for a pickup truck, they sell them seperately from the mounting hardware, I'm sure you will find it is a better blade for less money, you could definitely get a good used balde for about half of that cost, WITH power angling.

We run them commercially with no problems at all.

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 06-08-2004, 11:24 Post: 88055
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Thanks for the info, Murf. I will look into getting an adapter well before the snow falls again next season.






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 06-08-2004, 11:47 Post: 88057
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Oliver, I use the adapter all the time, it is what allows me to easily change over to my multi-pupose tool holder (pic. # 18).

It only requires the removal of 2 pins to do the change over and it's design is such that there is no manipulating of the implement at all, the FEL does all the work.

I have also found it is a LOT easier to drop the bucket than the entire FEL for times when I have to get into a tight spot, or for heavy lifting.

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