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 12-09-2003, 11:04 Post: 70642
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We just had our first snow this past weekend. I am using my 7800 and the FEL to plow the snow, but I seem to keep digging into the gravel driveway. I am using the float position on the FEL and I am trying to have the bucket tilted back just a little to not dig up driveway. I either get it too low or not low enough. Any suggestions anyone, besides practice or paving the drive!!!






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 12-09-2003, 12:32 Post: 70645
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Try setting the bucket down and pulling it backwards. I just bought a rear grader blade to do my driveway with and I was having the same problem. I set the blade so that the biting edge is facing the tractor as if I am going to pull with it, but instead I go backwards and push using the back of the blade. Works great. It uses the weight of the blade to stay down. When the snow gets too heavy, the blade has a tendancy to ride up and over. In that case I just turn the blade around and scoop off the top of the pile.






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I used a rear blade to plow with for years with my old B-7200 and it never did do the job. I did the same thing you are talking about using the back of the blade to push the snow. That is one of the reasons I increased the size of the machine and went with the FEL. I also didn't like to keep turned around. Maybe I just need to re-grade my driveway this spring. After I build the garage, I'll probably have it paved.






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 12-09-2003, 12:53 Post: 70647
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It'll get better once the ground freezes - hang in there!






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 12-09-2003, 13:00 Post: 70648
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Shhhh, old Canadian secret, don't tell anyone.....

Laughing out loud, cut a piece of thick steel pipe (soft, not cast iron), 2" diameter is good, the same length as your bucket is wide, all the way along it's length. Next drill a couple of 1/2" holes, one each end and one in the middle works well, then weld a 3/8" nut over each hole. Slip the pipe over the cutting edge of your bucket with the nuts on the top, then thread a bolt long enough to contact the bucket bottom into each nut and tighten it in place.

Ta-da!! No more gouging the driveway.

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 12-09-2003, 16:01 Post: 70658
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Murf you've taken my breath away again!






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Art, I don't know about you but breathless is a pretty normal thing for me, even AFTER the angioplasty...

Rolling on the floor laughingMAO.

Even my good lady say I'm full of it....good ideas that is.


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Thanks Murph,
I'm heading to Home Depot after dinner for a chunk 'o pipe.
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That is a pretty slick idea Murf! I like it! Wink yeah right






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I don't have too much trouble but I do dig a few divots until freeze-up. I just keep the bucket rolled back far enough so it seldom digs in. I have to remind myself that I actually want snow on the gravel rather than trying to take most of it off. Just had a thought: If it digs in mostly when going in one direction, try going in the other. When you first start up a hill or over a bump the blade angle increases which can cause it to dig in.

We're expecting two days with some periods of freezing rain. If it happens I'll be glad for my 2" - 4" of snow pack. I'll be able to cut ice off the top of it and will have traction on the rough frozen slush to do the cutting.






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