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How Big?? (tractor with box)

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by blizzardsnow, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. blizzardsnow

    blizzardsnow Member
    Messages: 83

    I am thinking of trading a couple of tractors on one with mfwd and a loader. I have some fairly large lots(5-10acres)that I could put it in and thought it would be nice to put a 14 foot for 16 foot box on the front of it. I would think weight would be more. Important than horsepower. Anybody doing this have some thoughts? And yes I have a use for the tractor the rest of the year on the farm.
     
  2. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    If you want to go bigger than a 10ft box I would not put it on the loader. Get a quick attach loader and in the winter drop it and hook the box to the frame Much stronger.
    I don't know what kind of farm operation you have, but that should dictate what size tractor you buy. A 100hp machine would be great for a 10 foot box and weighted down should handle a 12ft. If you want to get into a 14 or 16ft you will want a Big heavy tractor. I would think 140hp+ for a 14 and 180hp+ for a 16 if that. Not that you need the hp but you need the weight.
    I might be a little off, I have tons of experience with tractors this size but am pretty new to using them for snow.
    Guys with more experience please chime in.
    Robert
     
  3. dodge2500

    dodge2500 Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    I agree with the previous post and from my experience, the weight is the issue not the HP. We run a 14' scoop dogg on a JD7810 with duals, wheel weights, and mfwd. 99% of the time it can easily push that box full of snow no probelm at all. Usually you don't know its even there. We do put it on the loader but the loader on a 7810 is pretty heavy. We also run a 10' pusher on a JD 2555 with a loader and wheel weights and mfwd. It is the perfect size for a 10' box. To be able to run a 14' or 16' box effectively, I wouldn't think anything less than a 140hp ag tractor would work. The 7810 we have is the ideal snow machine because it has a left hand reverser and IVT trans. Hope this helps.
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    We run have 5 7000 series with loaders and we run 12ft on the small frames and 14's on the large frames. Touch wood but we havn't bent a loader yet with a pusher on. I'd also run steel trip back hoe pushers direct mount not bucket. We plan on running a 14 ft Horst on our new 7230 but we also have a spare 12ft sitting there for bigger storms.
     
  5. blizzardsnow

    blizzardsnow Member
    Messages: 83

    All I need the tractor for is to pull a 1000 gallon sprayer- I have bigger tractors available if I don't need a loader.... I hadn't really considered that. How does it mount to a tractor without a loader?
     
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    You need a harness. You can either build one or buy a Horst. Check out my profile album.
     
  7. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    Thanks Dave, I knew you could give him more accurate information than me lol.
    Not to hyjack but how do you like your 7230??
    Robert