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Tractor with Backblade only?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by osubucks, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. osubucks

    osubucks Junior Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 3

    Picked up a large open lot, needing some extra equipment. Will a farm tractor with only a 16ft ebling backblade do any good? How much production can I expect with this setup.

    Also do you think I need a front wheel assist or will a 2 wheel drive do the job?

    Thanks
     
  2. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I run a tractor and with 10ft rear blade and some times it will spin out and then I lock it in

    A 16ft rear plow You will need 4x4
     
  3. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Again false, you do not NEED 4x4, it's nicer but not needed.
     
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    I would highly suggest 4wd as you'll double efficiency. There are a few guys around here that run just back blades. I personally don't as they are far less efficient but you can get a lot of work done with them.
     
  5. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,902

    What weight 4WD would you want a 16' on Dave?
     
  6. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Not directed at me, but I'd want big. I've got a 7230 IVT 4x4 that we put a 10' pusher on, and while it could handle a 12 or MAYBE a 14, I'd rather be a little easier on my machines.
     
  7. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,902

    Damn. I was thinking a small frame 6000 series (6105-6140) would be able to pull one.
     
  8. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    I have a JD 5603 with a 16ft and it works just fine for the back blade. Front is a 8-14' metal Plessis. All depends on the snow and how long of pushs you have. It is 4wd.
     
  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    It will pull one fine as it's really only an Ebling is only 8.5ft with with wings. A 10ft on 7230 is way undersized we've ran 12 ft pushers and 12-18 snowings on small frame 7000 series for over 10 years and never had any problems. On light storms they have even pushed 14's.
     
  10. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    It really has no issues and could go bigger. Our issue is drifting, if it didn't drift like it does I'd have a 14 on it.
     
  11. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,062

    You're a 21 year old snot-nose and you're going to talk to him like that?
     
  12. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    Hey Beanz27 that is one sweet tractor. I understand you want to take it easy on your equipment but a 10 foot pusher is way to small. That tractor can handle the 14 foot very safely, and you would increase your productivity by 40%. Just my 2 cents
     
  13. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    I know JD already answered this question, on short pulls it will work fine, on longer pulls if will just stop the tractor dead in its tracks.
     
  14. Peak Roofing

    Peak Roofing Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    My 5101 pulls a 16' ebling, but once the snow gets to the front tires it will bog it down so you have to dump the load. Mine is 4x4. For productivity I wouldn't consider plowing without 4x4. If I can plownim 2 I do, but I rarely can do it.