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Manure/snow blade?
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deadcarp    Posted 01-28-2005 at 22:41:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
our neighbor has a fair-sized dairy operation and a very efficient way to clean barn. he has a buried slurry pit and regularly empties it thru tractor-driven hoses. (well, some outfit does) i like his shovel, which is 1/4 of a tractor tire on a bobcat. the tire is split, once like a bagel then the half is split once like a pie, then it's bolted with the curved side up & forward so there's a scoop/splash guard. the flat part rubs the floor. during milking when a pen is empty, the bobcat makes a few passes thru the pen & pushes the mess into a trench where it's flushed into the pit. couldn't that kinda blade move snow too?

deadcarp-picture    Posted 01-28-2005 at 23:28:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

sorta like this

Grove r    Posted 01-29-2005 at 02:46:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Farm Show magazine depicted this idea a few years ago, using sections of larger earth moving tires, to clean feed lot areas and such, of debris. Don't see why it wouldn't work in snow, as long as it was not packed, or frozen... tractor tires maybe too lite... R.E.L.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-29-2005 at 04:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would think that the 'blade' would work on small amounts of light fluffy snow...

I have a 6 foot all steel snow blade made into a 3-point blade for pushing snow backwards, and even that is too light to dig sometimes...

Evan if the bobcat has daown pressure, I would think that the 'cutting edge' would more roll over than cut in a snow situation...

Just my thoughts...

BTW.....Nice picture work DC

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