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 10-06-1999, 00:00 Post: 8590
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I have a 1/4 woods road I want to try to keep clear this winter. It is not exactly level. I have a loader, I also adapted a towbehind grader blade to a 3pt backblade. I anticipate that since the road is not very flat that using either the loader or the blade might be a bit of a headache. Has anyone made skids or floats or whatever they might be called to keep a blade from digging into the road? My thought is that I should prolly make something to keep the blade from digging in and go backwards with the tractor. Any thoughts?ThanksKim






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 10-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 8610
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Kim how about snow plow skid shoes or something close to that. The other choice is if the blade is a name brand you might be able to go to the dealer and buy the shoes for your blade. Art






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 10-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 8614
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Kim, I made shoes for my backblade from the ones that Central tractor sells for the plows on pickup trucks. Just had to make the brackets to hold them. They are ajustable and work well even on the grass if set high. good luck, Von






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 10-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 8616
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As a landscaper who maintains about 20 miles of private roads for customers, the easiest, nicest, most convenient way to accomplish this is to mount a truck-type snow plow either 1)inside loader bucket, or 2)instead of loader bucket, we use the second method here. The main thing is the blade MUST able to "tip over" on it's springs when you hit an obstacle, or catch on frozen ground, otherwise you will subject your machine to way more stress than you would believe, resulting in damage to it, without a doubt!! I have seen machines DESTROYED in one winter by plowing poorly.






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 10-10-1999, 00:00 Post: 8658
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Central Tractor has 3 point blade skids for sale.They work fine, been plowing snow off a stone driveway for quite some time. You will have to drill 2 mounting holes on each end.






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 10-10-1999, 00:00 Post: 8659
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I am a little confused about this skid idea. Can't you just set your blade an inch off the surface ( easier if your 3 point has position control ) and zip right along? The only way I can see how skids would help is if your 3 point has a float position, like a front loader. Maybe mine does ( Kubota B1700 ) and I just don't know it? How about wheels like on the York rakes?PaulB






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 10-10-1999, 00:00 Post: 8668
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Skids don't work for every snow situation. When I purchased a JD hydraulic front blade for my JD955 I looked forward to the first snow (weird huh!). I set the skids two inches below the blade figuring that pushing snow was going to be easy. Finally the long awaited snow arrived and I started at one end of my gravel driveway and dropped the front blade using the float position and pushed away at the snow--clear across the county road in front of my drive. Imagine my surprise to find that the skids had sunk into my gravel and I had just bladed not only the snow, but almost two inches of gravel from the center of my driveway. The skids, even with the blade in float position, had gouged into the gravel. I eventually tried about every skid depth setting, but the skids would always dig into the loose gravel. On the county road, the skids worked pretty well, except when they fell into one of the many potholes and that's where the recoil springs of the blade probably saved me many times. For my loose gravel driveway, I eventually set the front blade two inches above the gravel without using the float position and then finished the driveway off by pushing the rear blade (no skids)backwards.When I used only a rear blade for my driveway, I would set the blade about two inches off the surface and blade forward and then go back and push the rear blade backwards for the remaining two inches of snow--worked great.






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 10-12-1999, 00:00 Post: 8707
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Kim, The trickest system and reasonable cost was my neighbors back-blade. He mounted a set of adjustable wheels to prevent the gouging effect. This is great if you have a soft-gravel type driveway, where skid-shoes will dig in-- creating "grooves" the wheel-type will not.






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