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Rubber tire as a push box. any experience?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by dakzaag, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. dakzaag

    dakzaag Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hello and thanks for any responses that I might generate.

    New to the site but not new to snow removal, I am looking at an outfit from Michigan that sells old mining tires converted into a scrapper. These are primarily used in the dairy industry to scrap manure out of the barns, but they also claim to work well in snow removal.

    I have a mini loader that I would like to set up with a rubber tire scrapper and service a couple of small commercial accounts.

    Google Mensch Manufacturing if you want to see what the set up looks like, but I would like to hear of anyone actually using one.

    Nice place with lots of info and flame away if it makes you feel better, my skin is thicker than most.
  2. JB1

    JB1 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    guy around here uses them and does a pretty good job.
  3. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,258

    Depends what the prices Is I checked into one almost 3 grand it was a company call b.a.t imo better of with a push box
  4. dakzaag

    dakzaag Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I figured 9-10 feet for the loader. Rubber wheel deal was $1300
  5. dakzaag

    dakzaag Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thought I would post a follow up on the scraper idea. I purchased a 9 footer for $1300 in November. We have had 5 snow events so far ranging from 1" to 8". The unit as a whole has worked really well. It is heavy, the rubber is about 3" thick and does a great job of cleaning.

    In heavier and deeper snow, I struggle a bit with traction, mostly because the loader has turf tires with a lot of surface area, but I have been able to adjust easily enough.

    If we get the forecast amounts tonight, the plow will be "paid" for by Monday. I am really glad I did not spend more on a push box.
  6. MattR

    MattR Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    While not needing something to this scale, I am very glad to hear that it is working good for you. I am building a set of wings for my plow and was wondering how well a section of tire would work for the cleaning/scraping edge on them.
  7. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    I'm a little late, but welcome. I take it you use the same name at CT??

    When you say you're using "turf tires", do you mean like the standard "bar" tires that are most common, or something else? If they're the "bar" style, you'll struggle a little bit and there's not much you can do with them. If they're a different style, you could certainly groove or sipe them for winter use............
  8. Diesel Dan

    Diesel Dan Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    I have one that works great!
  9. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    What, no pictures?
  10. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Menards has something like that they use on their forklifts.
  11. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,338

    farmers use them for scraping barn isles!