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Need Advice

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by ramper, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. ramper

    ramper Junior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 23

    We are trying to figure what we need. We live in Southern MN out in the country. Our drive is about 200 yards long. The wind picks up out here and the drifts get deep. We have a JD LX255 with a 42" plow and a Craftsman GT5000 with a single stage thrower on the front. We also have an Ariens 1336 (13hp 36 cut). We would LOVE a John Deere with a plow AND blower, but the money for them is too much. We are looking for options and after finding this site, I think you guys know what we need, we just need to ask the questions.

    It seems that a plow on the our old 5 wheeled Gator is not the answer. The farmer next door came with his BIG John Deere and 8 foot blower and clear us out, but we need to be able to do it ourselves.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Try snow fences first.Just saw the money part ,I was going to say get what the farmer has.
     
  3. ramper

    ramper Junior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 23

    I would get what the farmer had if I had unlimited resources. we could probably swing a samll compact tractor.
     
  4. plowking15

    plowking15 Member
    Messages: 91

    Compact tractor probably run you 20-30 grand. I have a compact massey ferguson1531,canopy,no cab,loader and backhoe,got 24,000 into it. it weighs 4200-4800 lbs. it might be hard pressed to move a big drift or it could take awhile. Tire chains are a must. plow truck may be cheaper if you needed a truck. An off brand tractor may be cheaper then a popular brand. If you feel guilty,offer the neighbor something for his services or ask him if he would do it for a fee. plowking
     
  5. wellnermp

    wellnermp Senior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 102

    You could always get a good used 20-30hp compact tractor with a loader on the front with a rear pto. Then try to find a used 3 pt blower for the back. Check on ebay, there's always a ton of used Deeres on there.