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 01-19-2005, 23:35 Post: 104531
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 snow removal tips wanted - bx23

Today is the first time it's snowed here since I got my bx23. Can you give any tips on removing snow from a gravel drive and/or a asphault lane?

Have the FEL on and 5' scraper blade.

Stupid question, but is it easy (or possible) for me to make significant damage to the asphalt by clearing it with the FEL? I try not to gouge when I move snow, but I'm not sure how much force it would take.

The bx23 is my first "real" tractor. It did a GREAT job in this snow, never losing traction or being underpowered. I love this thing!






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 01-20-2005, 06:13 Post: 104535
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 snow removal tips wanted - bx23

I don't have much experience clearing snow with a FEL, but plenty with a 5' rear blade on gravel. First off, get a set of skid shoes. They will prevent the cutting edge from digging into the gravel. If you don't have skid shoes turn the blade so it faces forward, then drive in reverse pushing snow with the back side of the blade. Works like a charm.






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 01-20-2005, 06:18 Post: 104536
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Just make sure the blade is completely level otherwise when you angle it, it will tend to gouge with one corner. You can check for level by parking on a flat surface (like a garage floor). Spin the blade around such that it is inline with the tractor. Slowly lower the 3PH and inspect the angle the blade makes with the floor. Adjust the turnbuckles until the edge of the blade is even with the floor. Also, tighten up the stay chains to prevent the blade from walking from side to side.






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 01-20-2005, 06:32 Post: 104537
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For a paved drive I do not recommend the the skid shoes, at least the woods version I have. I think the only time you would want to use them on a paved drive is if your drive was broken up with ruts and pot holes then they would be OK.

The rear grader blade works well for light snow pulling straight ahead and reverse plowing after your turn the blade to face rear <-->--C






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All the above is good advice, it just takes some practice to see what works best. FEL bucket corners and blade corners can scratch black top. Someone a while back posted about puting a piece of split plastic hose or pipe on the cutting edge of their FEL bucket, I haven't tried it yet but it sounds like a good idea. Beat of luck. Frank.






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Gouging with the FEL can be a problem. I wouldn't think so much with a paved surface, but it sure is with my gravel drive and road. Make sure you roll the bucket slightly back when pushing. You won't scrape the pavement clean, but you won't gouge it either. You can also add a piece of pipe to the cutting edge of the buicket to soften the inpact on the pavement. I haven't done it, but there is a lot of discussion about this in the archives.

Clearing with the FEL takes a bit of practice and patience. More patience than I was blessed with. I prefer to clear the snow with a front blade. If you regularly plow snow, a front blade is worth the investment, and a little more affordable than a blower.






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 snow removal tips wanted - bx23

I have not tried this specifically, but suspect it will work great; that is, sandwitch (see my first picture of my machine on the front blade) a 3/4" thick x whatever width X 6" tall piece of rubber between the cutting edge and blade and you will not make up any of the backtop and it will work more like a squeege. Chances are you will need to add a bit of weight to the rear blade but this will likely be the ticket. On my front blade, I can clean pavement, blacktop and even GRAVEL without digging in, because the rubber will fold under and not mark up any surface. Obviously, all this will need to be removed during times of real cutting need, but for snow it has served me very well.






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 snow removal tips wanted - bx23

Had the BX 23 in the snow for the first time today.
Cleared about 250 feet of driveway in about 20 minutes with the fel.
Went very good for first time plowing snow.

Now to see How I do with it in a real snow. This was our first one this winter and was only about 2" but it gave me an excuse to go play in the snow.Laughing out loud

I have a slag drive.
I rolled the bucket back slightly.
Lowered the FEL just enough to slightly or nearly contact the slag pulled ahead a few feet to see how that worked.
If ok then i just started plowing.
I was able to go forward or backward without moving the FEL again most of the time unless I hit a high spot.

One thing i think helped me was I had just leveled and smothed out the slag a few days ago.






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 01-20-2005, 09:28 Post: 104546
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 snow removal tips wanted - bx23

My theory on skid shoes is to keep the blade off the driveway material no matter what it is.

The goal is to leave a 1/4 or 1/2 inch of snow behind for the sun or traffic to clear. Kind of like when you cut grass.... leave a little something behind.

The goal is not to scrape it all the way down to asphalt or gravel because the is no such thing as a dead level surface so you WILL gouge something if do that on your lawn or your driveway.

Set the skid shoes for the right amount of clearance and then FLOAT the blade. If the blade won't stay engaged... meaning it floats up on you..... add weight to the blade but try real hard not to force it against the drive with hydraulic pressure. When you do that the skid shoes are carrying the weight of the tractor and can damage the surface.






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 snow removal tips wanted - bx23

How about a snowblower?






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