glscholtenJuly 30, 2009

Hey, I know it's not even August and the subject of snow should not even be allowed. However, I am trying to figure out the best solution for this coming winter. I have about 500 ft of driveway to clear and my old tractor with a back blade and bucket is not cutting it for the amount of snow we've been getting of late. I also get a lot of blowing, drifting snow even when it's not snowing.

I am considering:

1. Getting a 3 pt pto snowblower for my tractor but I am not sure I can find one to fit my tractor. The tractor is a old Case 311 tractor with 29 hp motor and 540 rpm pto. The problem is I need at least a 72 inch width blower for the width of the tractor. I have not found a blower that size that will work for the 29 horse/540 rpm pto I have.

2. Buying the biggest walk behind snowblower I can find. I have found this one:

Is this big of a snowblower fairly easy to handle? How would this blower handle on a gravel driveway?

Any suggestions or opinions will be appreciated.


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bill7(NW MN)


I am in a similar situation. As you already know, the problem with pushing snow is that eventually one runs out of space. A blower will get the snow up and away. I want a tractor, even a smaller one, with a blower. I have a Toro 824 snowblower. It works fine for around the garage. But it takes all day to do the driveway. If I were you, I would not give up on the idea of a blower for the tractor. That Cub looks nice, it is about double the size of mine. Honda, etc. make sizes like that as well. If my drifting wasn't so much an issue, it might work.
Good luck on your search.

Here is a link that might be useful: honda

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 8:14AM
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canguy(British Columbia)

I would not even try a snowblower that big. My 60 year old back wouldn't take it. You might find a commercial attachment for your tractor, municipalities and airports use large ones, but would be pretty pricey and IMHO hard to justify for 500' of driveway.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 9:58AM
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Would not bother with the walk behind, especially with the gravel drive. Your bones will never forgive you. Don;t think for a minute it will drive it self and you just need to guide it.. NO NO. You do need to push and pull up on the handles to push the blade into the snow. Its a natural tendancy for the snoe blower to want to go 'over' the now and not slice through it. The gravel will make things MUCH worse. Best bet is to get an old F150 with a nice blade just for this purpose. You can probably get one for $1500. If you have a garden tractor, consider the blade attachement. But DON"T spend $5000 on a garden tractor to do this. 500 feet is 1/3 of a quarter mile. That's CRAZY!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 8:58PM
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stinkytiger(z5 - z6)


I am in a similar pickle ....

I am thinking of getting a Honda HS1132 snowblower for this winter season. I am in Westchester COunty New York. I have 300 feet of single lane driveway + maybe 1/2 a tennis court worth of car park. I have a plow guy at the moment but he is expensive. Am I crazy to try and do this myself?

Best, Mike.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2009 at 7:43AM
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bill7(NW MN)

If I had the money, I'd go tractor + snow blower. Our snow up here drifts and eventually gets so packed that I can drive over the stuff. The walk behind snow blowers just don't cut it. If my snow was not hard packed, I wouldn't mind a bigger walk behind at all. It would still be a lot of work. I get out with my small blade asap, but as I stated, eventually I run out of room.

Good luck. I know it is sad that we are talking snow in early August, but such is life!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2009 at 9:11AM
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Thanks for all the replies and opinions so far.

I am still undecided on what I will do but am considering one more option. I have a John Deere riding mower and I could buy a 43 inch wide front mount blower. The cutting height for the JD blower is only 19 inches vs. 22 inches for the walk behind. Cutting width is 43 inches.

Any opinions on how well a mower mount blower works with the amount of snow and drifting I have?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2009 at 4:19PM
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newjerseybt(5b NE PA)

Here is another option. Any old dirt cheap 150K mile 4wd truck with a working plow. Don't ever drive it on the road and MAYBE you won't need to insure it. As long as you have a place to store it.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2009 at 5:50PM
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Snow plow is an option. I even used the neighbors last winter. Worked great until I ran out of space to push the snow due to quantity and drifting. Blowing snow far from the road is the preferred option.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2009 at 3:52AM
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bill7(NW MN)

Blowing on gravel really isn't all that bad, if you let a layer of packed snow form first. In my neck of the roads, that is not hard to do. If I do blow, I have the feet adjusted so that the blade of the blower is above the gravel.
As you suggested, the problem with pushing snow is running out of room.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2009 at 8:54AM
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