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Any tips or advice on plowing snow??
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Tom A    Posted 02-17-2003 at 04:29:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Getting our first serious snow here in years and years. I've always dealt with the 6"-8" snowfall in the past with my little 8N and 6' rear blade. But had troubles yesterday dealing with the 18"-20" on the ground then, and it continued snowing since.

The snow won't scour well off the blade (yep, shoulda repainted it last summer), the path gets narrower and narrower as the piles on the sides of my 400' drive get taller (have to get a wide enough path for the wife's school bus to get out), and can't get enough traction on the uphill sides to push any snow at all. Spent quite a few hours on the tractor seat yesterday, and never did get the drive cleared very well.

Any tips from y'all who deal with this kind of stuff more often? Anything I can spray on the blade to make it scour better? Should the top link be set long or short? Help!!


Gyp-Wy    Posted 02-20-2003 at 09:28:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chains are the best investment for an 8N, I have 2 and one is always chained. Try not lowering the blade too far at any one time and make multiple passes, lower each pass. I have a hill coming down my drive and it always drifts at the top so no way can I plow uphill. I bust the drift with my chained tractor with bucket and blade up all the way then lower the bucket and blade and use gravity coming down the hill to clear a path for my snowplow 8N.

Canadian Cowboy    Posted 02-18-2003 at 18:59:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know if you have already done this but what i would do is when the snow banks build up to high or the snow is too deep on the driveway try putting the blade back wards and making short angled passes pushing the snow off the drive way up onto your snow bank or ditch, pushing backwards. it seems to work the best when you have to much snow and an under powered machine.

Tom A -- thanks guys    Posted 02-18-2003 at 04:07:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got most of it done yesterday. Plowing in reverse turned out to be the only way to get it all moved. I had plowed it 3 times the day before as it was coming, but with the wind and the additional snow overnight we got a lot of drifting and some of it was about as tall as my tractor.

Got a crick in my neck now! I'll do a little more to finish up today, but the bulk of it is finished...there's at least one lane to get out if I need to.


Lazy Al    Posted 02-17-2003 at 17:11:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your ground probably is not frozen yet and your getting dirt on your blade and it always sticks till you get over that period . I aways
put my shoes all the way down untill the ground
freezes . You know the old saying What God bringth let God taketh awayth

Jimbob    Posted 02-17-2003 at 14:58:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
My neighbor has a 1 ton four wheel drive with a snowplow. I simply pay him to keep our 200 foot N. Michigan drive clear. Less expensive than buying the equipment, for sure!

steve II JD4000    Posted 02-17-2003 at 11:40:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]

maybe you need get bigger tractor.. this one for sale.. white 4-210 here's pic. all you need is a BIG PLOW in back or front.

MikeC    Posted 02-17-2003 at 10:58:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have both antifreeze filled rears and tire chains on my 2N. We had about 14" here in central Iowa and my 7' blade handled it just fine. Made one initial pass lifting it whenever it started to bog down. Then made a pass in the opposite direction to clear the areas that I had lifted the blade. Then started working the edges wider on each side.

Larry    Posted 02-17-2003 at 06:52:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]

It might be too late fr this. But did you try turning the blade around backwards and try pushing the snow in reverse? Just back into the pile and take a little at a time. I have done this before with large drifts.

I use a Case 400 with a loader and snow bucket. Plus I have a blade on the back. With fluid in the tires and chains on I can move a lot of snow.

Willy-N    Posted 02-17-2003 at 06:48:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Using the back blade turned a round so you can push with it take and clear a path down the center then attack it on a 45 deg. You pick up some speed on the clear area and hit the snow you have on the sides and push it further back. It will look like saw teeth going down the drive. That is the only way to move it using the momentom of the weight of the tractor. Never leave your snow build up if you can allways push it as far as you can off the sides and try to get it off several times during a heavy fall. Other wise you will have to pay someone with the big equipment to do it and right now I bet they are charging more and all backed up. Put a cheap drift fence on the blowing side with T Stakes (Orange Saftey Fence)pounded in the snow and wired to them about 25-30 ft from the drive that will alow a area for the drift to build away from the drive. The higher the plye next to the drive the deeper it will drift when the snow blows and in a shorter time too. Mark H.

Ron/PA    Posted 02-17-2003 at 05:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom, The best advice I can give you when plowing with an 8N is
PLOW EARLY AND OFTEN, start plowing when you have 6" or so, and plow wide enough to make room for the next snow or the next plowing. These N's just won't handle, too much snow. I just came in from plowing and we have 16" now and it's all the old girl can handle pushing down hill, it's a light snow or I'd be in real trouble. The other thought is that you don't have to go all the way down on the first pass.
Good luck

Salmoneye    Posted 02-17-2003 at 05:47:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You should have started moving that stuff when you had 6 inches on the ground...A storm like yours and I would have plowed 3, maybe 4 times so far...

You will not be able to move that amount out of the way far enough to make room for more if you get it...

Once there is that much, you are very limited in what you can do with a back-blade...

Dave Smith    Posted 02-17-2003 at 04:59:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try liquid silicon in the spray can or Pam cooking oit. But it wears off fast.
Dave <*)))><

clay    Posted 02-17-2003 at 04:42:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Tom,
Thirty years ago when I lived up north[Milwaukee wis]I used to do a lot of plowing.I had a western plow on the front of a 1962 4x4 gmc.When the snow would stick to the blade I would get a rag,dry off the blade, and rub motor oil on it.Due to new EPA standards I would recommend cooking oil or crisco lard.As far as getting more traction,add weight to the rear of the tractor,or if you can get a bunch of rusty car snow chains at your local junkyard,Piece them together and make a set of chains for your tractor.

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