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Snow removal w/ skidsteer help

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JCPM, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 319

    I want to use my bobcat S175 for moving snow this year and was wondering what you guys like to use. I've been moving snow piles for years but I want to use it for walkways and driveways this year too. What is better for all around use? A plow, pushbox or snowblower attachment?
  2. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Plow will be the best bang for the buck.
  3. big pusher

    big pusher Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 129

    I think the best value for amount of snow removed is a box.
  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    X's 2.......no matter what kind of work, commercial or residential,
  5. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

    If you're looking for something that offers universal usage then a plow is the way to go.
  6. snowman4

    snowman4 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    A plow sounds like the only smart option to me for walks and driveways.
  7. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    A decent plow also decreases the chance of causing damages and incurring back charges. Some food for thought.
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    When we switched a skid from 8ft plow w/wings to an 8ft Bobcat brand pusher its route time was cut in half, this included a mix of commercial parking lots, walkways, & some residential. There is also less to go wrong with a pusher, no hyd. functions to fail.

    quite the opposite from my experiences.
  9. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    For a skid in smaller areas, I would agree that a plow would be the most versatile.

    For bigger lots, a pusher should be more productive. But at some point, you'll be farther ahead with a larger skid, whell loader, large dump truck, etc... on these larger lots.

    If it were me, I'd keep the skid on the smaller, cut-up lots, as this is were a skid really shines.
  10. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 319

    What kind of plow works best on a skid? I use Boss plows on my trucks and I love them.
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,034

    A steel edge trip box with a back drag edge will be good for drives but I can't see them working good for walks. We run a pusher on ours and he just puts the bucket on for the limited sidewalks he has to do, if we had more sidewalks I'd be using an angle plow. Any heavy duty used plow can be made up to fit a skid steer.
  12. JCPM

    JCPM Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 319

    I have a 7'6 super duty Boss straight plow from a truck i sold. I actually was wanted to put wings on it and use it as a backup for my trucks but can it be converted to fit on my Bobcat? Is there a conversion kit I need or do have to do some fabricating? I don't mind either way. If I can't weld it I know someone who can.
  13. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162


    I don't know if there is a conversion kit or not but it would probably more economical to just fab it up.
  14. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    What ever you do make sure the plow ocilates (most do now, new Bobcats brand, snow wolf are ex) if not the presure becomes un even when blde is angled & steer/handling is affected. If you build incoroporate it.
  15. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,172

    Boss makes a few plows just for skid-loaders. They may very well sell the mounting plate/bracket seperatly. Just simply clink on the Boss link on top of the page to see their skid plows.

    Fabricating a mount isn't too hard either. Cretebaby, myself & many others have pictures on here of our home-made mounts.
  16. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

  17. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    I run boxes on mine.

  18. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 391

    Why would it need to ocilate? I have just bought a blank plate and am about to weld the bracket from the truck onto the plate. I figured it would work just like on the truck.
  19. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    use a plow because it has the best results but be careful with a steel blade, might want to consider a rubber blade depending on who you plow for.
  20. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Like what has been said here. "Depending on how much walk work there is" , just throw the bucket on for a little bit if need be. Bottom line you will move more snow with a box. And it will be more reliable than anything that is run off hydraulics.

    SOOOOOOO much truth to this! VERY important IMO!