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Loader backhoe ???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by drewskie, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. drewskie

    drewskie Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Has any one on here used a backhoe loader for snow removal. I'm wondering how it worked and if any one used a snow push or wing with it. Also what are some ups or downs about it ?
     
  2. JoeG3

    JoeG3 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Not personally but the town has a few they run with 12' blades. Seem to work just fine.
     
  3. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    4x4 backhoe work real good with no more than a 12 ft pusher. I have used them before never owned one. We use excavators and have wheel loaders for snow. The only problem you would have is if you had to hire trucks for removal.

    You would have to find big 6 wheel or small 10 wheel. Most of the big aluminum boxes you will not reach good. Some truckers with the big boxes won't show if they know your loading with backhoe. This is not to discourage you. There is plenty of small trucks for hire. No worries if I owned one it would be pushing snow somewhere.
     
  4. drewskie

    drewskie Junior Member
    Messages: 10


    Thanks for the input I do not own one yet but need one for the summer. I also have small 16' dump trailers that a small loader can load fine. I was just wondering how much slower they would be for moving around parking lots compared to a loader or skid steer
     
  5. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I run one at a large site of mine with a 12 foot pusher. Best decision I ever made.
     
  6. drewskie

    drewskie Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Do you get enough down presure to scrape down to pavement? The seem like they would be back end heavy
     
  7. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    They are not any slower, 4sp case 580 we used 3rd gear not recommended cause you could over heat torque converter. We never had that problem. Case backhoes are indestructible. I noticed in the case wheel loader they are a little light easy to lose traction.

    Skid steers are OK for loading docks and apartment complexes and small jobs what we use ours for. I don't like the fact that they don't have good visibility in operators seat and also will lose traction on longer runs. If you need the backhoe in summer it will be fine for your winter operations.
     
  8. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    If you got your boom all the way up and locked they are not heavy in the rear. You would have to have your boom extended out for this to happen. You do not need a lot of down pressure. Set the front part of your pusher first by curling down and in the down position set your back of pusher. This will ensure your pusher to be level.

    You want your skid shoes to wear evenly. I hope you plan on using a rubber edge or trip style pusher. If not I hope you know where every man hole and catch basin is. That's a ride I don't want to take.
     
  9. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    Absolutely. They actually aren't back heavy at all if the boom is locked up. Weight of the boom is almost centered over the rear wheels. Plus the front boom and bucket with the pusher is a lot.