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mini skid steer power broom?? questions

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by andrewlawnrangr, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    who uses a mini skid for snow? i am looking into getting a power broom for my mini. advantages or disadvantages?
    ideas or thoughts???
     
  2. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    sorry if this isn't whjat your asking about but i used a power broom for the first time this past week in the snow to go over rough sets of RR tracks that were damaging my pushers. this was on a full size machine , 84" wide broom, and i couldn't have been happier with they way it worked. when the operator had free time he would sweep along with us and it worked great...definitely something i'll buy if i keep this contract
    steve
     
  3. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    high or low flow machine? im looking at one for side walks to speed things up a bit. at one site its about 3100 linear feet. most are straight shot but some have curves and some are along main road..
     
  4. snow game

    snow game Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 255

    I have been tols they don't work well with more than 6". Why not throw a plow on it?
     
  5. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    I have a blower on mine and it does a good job, throws the snow a long ways with the blower, I would think a broom would do a good job, I have a plow as well and it just doesnt impress me at all, to slow and it doesnt help that I have a 7' plow, but I would use a blower or a broom, just depends on what you are doing.
     
  6. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    the machine i'm running the broom on it NOT a hi flow machine, as far as the 6" goes , i can see where it would not be effective but our snow never piles up like that. after the broom went by the pavement was bare. the broom i have is a poly and steel combo.
    steve
     
  7. snow game

    snow game Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 255

    I just got a blower for our sidewalk machine (2320 Deere) can't wait to try it out.
     
  8. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    im thinking the broom will be better than the blower because we keep up with the walks and would only be clearing about 3" of snow we use small padle blowers but im looking for more coverage and speed. i got a quote for a 48" broom with poly bristles for $2900.00 with manual angle. i found one used (75 miles away) for 2400.00

    thanks all
     
  9. sidthss

    sidthss Senior Member
    from GR MI
    Messages: 182

    I say go for it, if the broom suits your needs and as long as you are happy. The only thing I dont like about the small machines is how slow they are compared to anything else, but oh well.
     
  10. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    i just dont think a blade will clean as well as a broom. i mean they are made for cleaning and when the pavment is uneven i think it will do great..... as to a blower 4500 dollars is alot just for sidewalks
     
  11. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    try here http://www.rootgrapple.com/rotary_broom.html
     
  12. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    need one for a mini skid thank you
     
  13. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    We run a brrom on a full size for sidewalks and if you keep up with the snow 2-3" max it is great. for smalller its really nice. I would get one with the metal and poly brush. A site we subbed at last year used walk behind brooms so similar size and again as long as the snow wasnt to deep they were great.
    If the snow is deep blow then sweep.
     
  14. andrewlawnrangr

    andrewlawnrangr Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    with the mix bristles will they scratch pavers, blue stone, concrete or sealed blacktop?
     
  15. ryde307

    ryde307 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,143

    I am not positive we only use on concrete sidewalks. I have a friend that does a paver driveway route with only a broom and I will ask what they run.
     
  16. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    your welcome...posted that site because he is so cheap...thought he might do a smaller broom that wasn't listed. he told me they are power angle and reversable