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opinions on improving steering issues

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by grsp, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. grsp

    grsp Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 89

    there have been a few posts talking about the steering problems that utility tractors have with snow pushers. you can add my brand new kubota m7040 with a pro-tech on it to the list. i guess my question is this. do you guys think that the slip hitch feature of the arctic will allow the kubota to be able to steer.better. i waste tons of time having to go back over areas because i had to lift the pusher to steer. and everyone knows, time is money. or would you guys go with the horst welding plow on this kubota. this is a brand new kubota, so i need to get this right. and the current set up sucks!!!!!
  2. maximus44

    maximus44 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I've got a horst 9ft blade on my skid steer. It is an angling plow with side plates on it(kinda like a pusher)and I can angle the plow when it is full of snow to negotiate turns.
    It works great!!. I would have gone with the arctic system for sure,but the never returned my calls,so I went to horst,and the have a great product.
    Just my (canadian) 2 cents. lol
  3. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I ran my JD 4520 (50 horse on a good day) with one of my 10ft artics the past few storms. I myself used it the last one.

    I will say I should have made a video of it because it was REAL impressive. I used to run an 8ft normal rubber edge box on it and I had all kinds of trouble. Couldn't steer, couldn't get any traction or speed. It was terrible.

    The only problem I had with the artic was I couldn't lift it as High for stacking. Mostly due to weight of box and snow.

    I could push in C range (Road gear on a deere Hydro) I could push HUGE amounts of snow. I could steer as long as I was not loaded clear up. (Meaning cleaning around islands and cut outs) I have gotten used to making long straight runs with this set up before I put the artic on, so it wasn't any big thing to me to keep doing it.

    Over all I think a 5000 series Deere (Simmular to your Kubota) would be a better choice for me (Larger frame, More weight) But an artic would Deff work better than what you have now.

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  4. grsp

    grsp Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 89

    thanks for the info peterbilt. the kubota m7040 is 70hp and weighs around 5000#'s. it has no problem pushing a 10' pusher. do you have the HD or LD arctic? i would think the m7040 could handle the 10HD. but i would rather have better tractor response, than a bigger pusher. the time i would save being able to steer would greatly overcome the smaller pusher.
  5. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I have the LD. Don't get a HD, its going to be way to much for your tractor. I was pushing piles as tall as my tractor and twice as long.the other night.

    With the LD you will be pushing faster, instead of huge loads, slow speeds, and un-needed stress.

    These artics weigh way more than a standard box. I noticed on mine that it was lifting the rears off the ground and in 2 wd it would just spin the rears because they were not touching much ground. So I ran in 4x4 and was able to steer. I hope adding a weight box to the rear helps. Now I am using a heavy landpride rear blade as counter weight.

    I could only imagine what a HD would weigh in at, and what it would do to the front axles on a smaller tractor.

  6. jd8430e

    jd8430e Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    The HLA 3200 snow wing would be a great fit for that tractor. It will close into a box pusher and still angle to help with turning. You also have a wider angle blade for windrowing quickly as well as a reverse box back dragging unit all in one machine!
  7. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    Tire chains at least on the front. I run 2 Cat loaders, one with 14 ft HD artic and the other with a 12ft Boss. I had trouble steering until I chained up both loaders on all four tires 8 years ago.. And I have never had any damage to the pavement, like some people think will happen.
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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  9. 3bladz

    3bladz Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    My Deere 5105M wouldn't push an 8 ft rubber edge. I bought a 10 ft arctic LD nd it worked great. The floating hitch is a big help as well as the steel edge.