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jd 318.....plow? or push box?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by windrowsnow, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. windrowsnow

    windrowsnow Senior Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 168

    what size push box to go on a 318? or even a plow? which would work better? using it for apartment complexes
     
  2. snow game

    snow game Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 255

    Depends on the lot. With rows of cars on both sides the pusher is a no brainer. If the lot allows you to push it all off to the side the plow would be alot cheaper and not much slower.
     
  3. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    what is a 318? sorry for the dumb question.
     
  4. windrowsnow

    windrowsnow Senior Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 168

    jd 318 skidsteer 61 horse 1800 pound lift capacity
     
  5. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Boxes don't backdrag, so if that's something you do a lot of, that should weigh in your decision..

    Boxes are incredibly efficient, you can move a LOT of snow, but they usually work better on areas where you need to push the snow (long narrow runs where you can't push to the side). If you can winrow it (or need to winrow it) a plow works better.

    Get one of those fancy new plows with the attached moving wings (you'll need an extra hydraulic circuit but that shouldn't be a huge problem) and then you should be able to do anything.


    Boxes are a lot less money (and hassle) than a plow.

    Not helpful, but maybe some points to consider.
     
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Steel trip boxes back drag and they even work better when the endplates float like an Artic or Horst. WE have an 8 ft Pusher our JD 320 and a Gehl 4640 and all they do is back drag loading docks and push out all night and they push them fine. Not sure how much less a 318 weighs.
     
  7. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Dont you mean a 317 or a 320:rolleyes:
     
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    They do if they have a Backdrag edge:nod:
     
  9. zmowing

    zmowing Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    pusher box with back drag opposition

    Protect makes a back opposition & Snow Dozer to can be found on ebay.
     
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Good call Crete.:drinkup:
     
  11. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760


    Ok, I did not know that. :blush2:

    But how do you get closer than 2 or 3 feet away.
    The edge is on the back side of the regular pusher edge, right???

    for example, you have to backdrag a parking spot, up against a garage. With a plow, you can get within 6" or so safely, how close can you get with a box with a backdrag edge?
     
  12. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    The backdrag edge is on the top and you angle your blade down to use it.
     
  13. Mike S

    Mike S PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    AHHH 317, ok. Thought deere came out with another skid that I didnt know about just like the 315, that came in under my radar so ok. 8 foot pusher would work good or a blade with wings.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2008
  14. windrowsnow

    windrowsnow Senior Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 168

    thanks for correcting me your right it is a 317. deciding to make the plunge into purchasing one and a box would work much better than a blade in apartment complexes.
     
  15. PowerWagon

    PowerWagon Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    I have an 317 that is an 17hp engine in it. and am using snowblower on it 36 inch wide. it works real good in 2 ft snow. boxer or an pusher is worth less.. snowblower gets the job done alot faster on it.

    317 is near same as 318 but they both are different get snow blower!

    steve
     
  16. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    LOL

    the OP was talking about skidloaders
     
  17. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    yeah i thought he was talking about lawn mowers too!!! a 318 is a damm nice lawn mower though....