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 12-04-2007, 16:05 Post: 148958
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I recently purchased a Woods 72" rear Blade with skids shoes to plow snow from my gravel driveway. I have a Kubota B7800, however the tractor does not have position control, only a 1/4" valve for positioning 3 pt hitch implements. Any recommendations.

I see DennisCTB has the same Woods rear blade and noticed in his pictures he uses the swivel feature of the rear blade. Dennis do you mean you remove the pin and let the blade find its natural position while plowing?






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 12-04-2007, 16:13 Post: 148959
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Bialecki,

I've found that it isn't necessary to remove ALL of the snow from the driveway. If you leave an inch or snow on top, that's no big deal. Any vehicle will be able to move through an inch or two of snow.

If you have a gravel drive, you'll find that leaving a bit of snow behind will actually save you a pile of work in the Spring, as you won't be moving gravel off into the grass. As you drive over the snow, it will pack down hard, leaving you a base to work with next time around with the grader blade.

Use your blade like you would a grader. Angle the blade slightly so that you can push the snow off to one side of the driveway. You can position the blade angle fairly steep for deeper snow, or fairly shallow for light snow.....but you will have to lock it in place.

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 12-04-2007, 17:03 Post: 148960
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Bialecki,

Yes I pull the pin that allows the blade to float side to side. I have a paved drive and that made it bite less, don't know how that would work on gravel though.

I also have the Woods shoes for the blade, they were a waste of money for me as I bought them before I discovered the pull the pin idea ( I got it from either EW or Onace). The shoes (two big upside down steel mushrooms) scratch up the paved drive real bad, they are more meant for smoothing dirt.

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 12-04-2007, 17:07 Post: 148961
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I only use the Woods blade for light dusting, slush, and to clean up what the front blower does not get.

When I have been forced to use it on a real snow fall because I have not installed the blower yet, IMHO the rear blade is miserable to use as the sole snow removal tool.

As soon as I use it I get my butt in gear and install the front blower Wink yeah right

My drive is 1000 feet long and about 15,000 square feet, on a small driveway a loader and a blade are fine.






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 12-04-2007, 20:34 Post: 148963
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Dennis, Yup, in my parts when it comes to snow plowing with a truck or anything else for that matter, you can always tell a newbie by the fact they leave their plow or blade shoes on. Like you eluded to, they tend to make more of a mess on gravel by leaving deep gouges in the roadway since they float by design. And they also float or drop downward too and dig even deeper. And like I mentioned in earlier posts on this, if they're hanging down they're liable to get hung up on something and either get bent, cause damage to something else,---or, like I found when I was a newbie---get caught on a pothole at 40-45 miles an hour and practically take the plow off. It did shear the shoe off though and bend the mount.

I haven't tried it but I'm thinking that gage wheels on the blade might be effective on a gravel drive to get that first layer of hardpack going. After the hardpack sets up the wheels wouldn't be necessary most likely.






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 12-05-2007, 09:41 Post: 148976
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Thanks, the responses are exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the tips on the shoes, based on what you state they will actually drive the blade downward as they trench into the gravel making a big mess. One of my concerns is that the rear blade on my Kubota B-7800, as hooked up to the 3 pt hitch, the hitch does not have a float position, it is a simple up down control with little position control. So as I plow I most likely will have to continuously monitor the depth of the blade. I guess experience and practice is what I need.






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 12-05-2007, 10:57 Post: 148977
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I had a flat short 200 foot gravel drive that I did with a front blade for years. The key is the word "Hardpack". You need to keep the blade up to leave some snow to be compacted into the gravel to form a frozen mass. Once this is done you can drop the blade on the "Hardpack" and glide over it.

All of this is fine if your drive is flat and you either have enough gravel sticking up through the frozen driveway, or you have sanded it. If you have a slope on the drive this is not fun, too much fiddling around for me, main reason I paved my 10% grade 1000 foot drive, makes it very easy.

Your 3ph only controls the position the blade is being held at. The blade is held at that point by its weight. So when I drop my blade to the full down position it glides sligthtly up and down to follow the smooth imperfections in my paved driveway. There is nothing to stop the blade from lifting, just its weight.

You might want to drag your blade in the o-O-( position instead of normal o-O-) until you get the gravel frozen solid. That way you can drop it all the way down in light snow and mix some gravel in it as well.

You also need to experiment with your top link to change the angle of the blade to minimize its bite.






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 12-05-2007, 14:06 Post: 148979
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Dennis: I like that o-O-( o-O-)

What else ya got?

How about:
Disk harrow: o-O-..
2-bottom plow: o-O-;;
FEL: >-o-O
MMM: o=O
PHD: o-O-|
Skid steer: >OO
Trailer: --o- --oo-
Garden tractor: .-o
Push mower: ../






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 12-05-2007, 15:11 Post: 148981
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Over the years I have used the ../ but liked the .=O better, then when I got the o=O it was nirvana.

So EW when r u going to take the >OO and load it on the --oo- or do you need the the >o-O for your next job.

EW not sure if symbolic speak will take off here in the US after all!

jis sayings all. Nice job on the symbols!






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