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Plow or Pusher on Mini-X

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by EdNewman, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Anyone ever try and mount a fixed plow or pusher onto the dozer blade of a mini-excavator? My Bobcat 341 (biggest mini they make) saved my azz in the storm this weekend. I buried one of my trucks in a 6' drift and my office and could not get it out. Without a big wheeloader I went for what I had... a mini-x. It drove right through 4-6' drifts like they were not there. I pushed the truck out no problem. Since I had an extra man, I used the dozer blade on flat and it did great moving about a 6 yard pile in front of it. I think it would be great if I could fit a 8-10' blade of pusher to it. I even used it later that night to push my A300 w/ 10' pusher up a hill driveway.
     
  2. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    So you want to put a pusher on a mini ex? That would be a first. Good luck.

    Where are you Mark?
     
  3. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I have the machine already, so why not. Its a 2speed machine so it goes about 3mph (faster than most) but still slow. I would use it at one of the stores where I could leave it there before a storm.
     
  4. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    So you're serious...I too have a 5.5 Ton mini and have never once considered that use for it.

    Maybe I'm missing something here.
     
  5. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I thought about it a long time ago and wrote it off when someone told me they had a Bobcat trackloader, put a pusher on it and it was horible in the snow. I was freaking out when I first took it out to push the truck out, but after driving it around a little it was great. I bet it would push a 10' box no problem. I'll probably have someone weld me up an adapter to try with my existing skid steer pusher. A few hundred $ to test and try and if it works, saved me $30-40k cost of another machine.
     
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    If you do this please post some pictures.
     
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    i doubt it would be practical for you to creep along at 3 mph across a parking lot though, i think you can find a small tractor for a relatively decent price and have 100% more production
     
  8. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I'm willing to bet a 1/2 ton pickup with a 7ft blade would be twice as fast. Not to mention you would probably wear out the rubber tracks in no time. Its not made to travel a lot. Just to creep around. Please post pics if you do this.
     
  9. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    and im sure you can find pick-ups these days on craigslist and ebay and find people just trying to dump whatever they can
     
  10. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    Thats what I mean. An old beat up 1/2 ton for about $500 will do better and faster
     
  11. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Faster is not the question, its doing straight pushes through deep now.
     
  12. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Sure go for it. Put a pusher on the bucket too. Maybe even an ebling.wesport

    duck plow.jpg

    I'm sure it'll be great for stacking.:D

    duck plow.jpg
     
  13. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    its not a question of whether the machine will push snow or not because i believe it will, but is it worth the extra costs you will incur, such as a worn out track and under carriage from unnecessary tracking.
     
  14. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    Excellent Point.

    All I want for Christmas is a Komatsu WA250. Not too big, just enough.
     
  15. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    i think if a small loader is financially out of the question maybe you can pick up a older truck to by you time. id take a look at a skidsteer too. i love plowing with our skids and they handle quite a big workload
     
  16. EdNewman

    EdNewman Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I have a Bobcat A300 with a 10' 9yd RCS pusher. It works awesome. I also have a F650 Dump, an F550, another F450 and an F350 all 4x4 that I can put plows on. The problem is the lots around here tend to require me to move the snow long distances which the trucks are just not that good at. This past storm was a record breaker with over 24" so it is the exception rather than the rule.
     
  17. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    the excavator he is referring to is a mini-x, they're way smaller than that machine there and are tracked, not wheeled
     
  18. bike5200

    bike5200 Senior Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 437

    I would not, you are tramming/driving it to much, I bet they are not designed for that much. I would think it would put a lot of wear on the final drives, much less you got the boom to deal with while pushing
     
  19. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    probally better off with a snow blower i think it would be faster than a mini x but a plow or box on a skid is great
     
  20. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    a blower on the mini wouldnt be any better than a plow on the mini, you're sitll going to damage your finals, under carriage and track due to over usage