Skidsteer vs Compact tractor

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How fast are you guys plowing with your truck when you do a driveway or parking lot?

I have a L4240 HSTC with a eight ft.FEL mounted snow plow,rear seven ft. blade.My choice.We had a three ft.wet snow fall that couldn't be plowed(tractor or truck),I removed my plow and mounted my bucket to save the day.That type of snow had to be picked up and moved,it was like wet concrete.

Deep wet snows can be nasty to move. I like your dog, what is it?
 
   / Skidsteer vs Compact tractor #32  
How fast are you guys plowing with your truck when you do a driveway or parking lot?



Deep wet snows can be nasty to move. I like your dog, what is it?

I once tried to plow an 8 mile ice road on lake of the woods back in the late '90s. I was doing 30 mph. Worked good till I frozen everything up with the blasting of snow dust. Then I grew up, slowed down 'cause i didn't want to wreck anything. Go slow, but its still faster than a tractor os ss.
 
   / Skidsteer vs Compact tractor #33  
I have a L4240 HSTC with a eight ft.FEL mounted snow plow,rear seven ft. blade.My choice.We had a three ft.wet snow fall that couldn't be plowed(tractor or truck),I removed my plow and mounted my bucket to save the day.That type of snow had to be picked up and moved,it was like wet concrete.

You just needed a little more muscle. :laughing:
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My problem was that the piles of snow add up around here and by Feb there's no room left. In the past I would have to fire up the dozer to push them deep into the woods. The snow blower is a one shot and your done solution.
 
   / Skidsteer vs Compact tractor #34  
How fast are you guys plowing with your truck when you do a driveway or parking lot?

Doing drives, depends. How long is the drive?? My drive is 250' long and curvy. So about 10mph. Another I do is about 600 YARDS long and straight. Can do that one ~20mph or better.

Yelbike touched on a very good point there, blowing snow all over the truck is NOT something you and to do when plowing. So...if wind and snow type is in your favor, 30MPH isnt bad. If wind is blowing back on you and the snow is light ad powdery, you have to go slower.

Some parkinglots we do....20mph+ is pretty easy. And then reverse just as fast :D
 
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Doing drives, depends. How long is the drive?? My drive is 250' long and curvy. So about 10mph. Another I do is about 600 YARDS long and straight. Can do that one ~20mph or better.

Yelbike touched on a very good point there, blowing snow all over the truck is NOT something you and to do when plowing. So...if wind and snow type is in your favor, 30MPH isnt bad. If wind is blowing back on you and the snow is light ad powdery, you have to go slower.

Some parkinglots we do....20mph+ is pretty easy. And then reverse just as fast :D

I don't think a truck would be faster on my driveway because of maneuverability. My tractor will run 8mph in medium so I should be able to make decent time on the main portion.
 
   / Skidsteer vs Compact tractor #36  
How fast are you guys plowing with your truck when you do a driveway or parking lot?



Deep wet snows can be nasty to move. I like your dog, what is it?
He is an Elhew English Pointer ,one of six we own.Used on our uplands preserve.
 
   / Skidsteer vs Compact tractor #37  
I don't think a truck would be faster on my driveway because of maneuverability. My tractor will run 8mph in medium so I should be able to make decent time on the main portion.

Is your drive gravel and does it freeze? If not then you'll most likely be going slower no matter what. In the fall I have to be real careful not to dig up the gravel with the plow. I have to constantly be adjusting the height, too high and I'll leave a layer of wet snow that'll pack and turn to ice. The skids on the bottom of the plow help but they only make contact at two points. A tractor or SS will offer control of both speed and plow.
 
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Is your drive gravel and does it freeze? If not then you'll most likely be going slower no matter what. In the fall I have to be real careful not to dig up the gravel with the plow. I have to constantly be adjusting the height, too high and I'll leave a layer of wet snow that'll pack and turn to ice. The skids on the bottom of the plow help but they only make contact at two points. A tractor or SS will offer control of both speed and plow.

Mostly gravely, I commercial entrance which is blacktop. The weather around here is crazy, the ground is constantly freezing and thawing. Last year I don't think I even had to plow the driveway, maybe just the entrance. I am currently looking for a plow for the fel now.
 
   / Skidsteer vs Compact tractor #39  
A snow plow mounted to your loader arms is sweet - you can push snow into really tall piles. As a favor, I help a guy down the street by pushing back the frozen snow piles on the sides of the driveways he commercially plows. Each has its place. Just comes down to your other needs as to which one is best. And trucks do take a beating from plowing.

Ken
 
 
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