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Old 12-19-2008, 08:56 AM
tglasslawncare tglasslawncare is offline
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Track Drive Snow Blower Work Better On Gravel Driveway???

Some of my residential lawn accounts have been asking for snow removal. In the past I have done it with a 2 stage snow blower. Not enough accounts to justify a plow. The problem now is many of the driveways are gravel and when I use my 2 stage 8 h.p 26" it throws the gravel out of the chute. I added an extra piece of metal to the skids and it did not work very well. I was told a track drive snowblower might solve the problem because of the balance. Has anyone used a track drive snowblower on a gravel driveway? How did it work? Thank you for your help.
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:52 PM
sven1277 sven1277 is offline
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I haven't used one personally, but the honda track drive models have a 3 position height adjustment and the upper setting is for gravel drives.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:16 PM
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one option is to driver over the first few snow falls to build up a layer ice, then you wont have to worry about rocks being picked up. of course then your customers need to deal with a layer of ice.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:39 PM
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Take a look at my web site: I make skids that are wider and longer than stock, that are designed specifically for uneven sidewalks and gravel driveways. Being wider, they float better over the gravel and bumps. The low approach angle handles bumps and ruts much better.

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Old 12-22-2010, 06:47 AM
tglasslawncare tglasslawncare is offline
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Wow. I forgot that I posted this. LOL
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:14 AM
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In addition to the wider skids, you can replace the scraper-type edge that runs the full width of the blower with a 3/4" to 1" dia solid round bar that will greatly reduce the amount of gravel that the blower picks up. Will not prevent all of it, but probably cut it down 80 to 90%. I have done this to my two 6' hydraulic tractor blowers and it works great.

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