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what is the best snow pusher??????

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by cat272c, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. cat272c

    cat272c Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    i would like to know what is the best snow pusher . 1 that will stand up to some use.i will be puting this on a 930g cat so what size is right .. thanks any help will be great
     
  2. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    There really is no "best" pusher we have used both Artic Sectional & Protec rubber edge. Both have pros & cons. The Artic will clean the lot better..but if you need to stack or hog snow you need to be REALLY careful, we bent both sideplates (cost me 1K)doing this durring a heavy snow. The Protec is built heavier as far as sidepltes being reinforced but doesn't clean lot as well. My mindset currently is if I antcpate we will be doing a lot of hogging & stacking I'm putting a Protec, if not the Artic is fine & will save me money on salt.
     
  3. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    I have owned numerous Avalanche pushers, both steel trip and rubber edge. IMO, dont even bother with the rubber edge pushers, and in your case, your machine could easily handle a 12 or 14 footer.

    That of course depends on the type of lots you're doing. I have sometimes found the 14's to be too wide-especially during the day, and a little easier to road too. If you went with the 12 footer, you could possibly build up the backside to carry another few yards (kind of like degelman does).
     
  4. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    This is like asking whats the best kind of underwear.........LOL Or who makes the best plow......LOLIER....I'm shot today, I apologize.......

    Seriously, Pro-Tech is the market maker for snow pushers, they are the standard I think, many have copied their designs, some better than others for sure. I personally have used several pro-techs and a few off brands, though only on skidsteers. My personal favorite thus far is the IST line from Pro-tech, good stuff, scapes well and holds up well. I have entertained a sectional this year but it just isn't going to be in the pre-season budget. I am now looking for a Pro-tech folding box, Mick76 found one for me in Mass, that may work out, it may not, but whatever you pick make sure it'll work for you.
     
  5. mrsnowman

    mrsnowman Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    We went down this road a few years ago. I found a great company in Illinois call North Shore Truck and Equipment. They make a great Snow Hawg pusher for a great price. With the money we saved using them we put on a poly cutting edge from http://cuttingedgepoly.com. We have a couple of them and love them. I believe that they are now caring poly edges to put right on the pushers so you don't pay for the rubber and the poly. Best way to go if you ask me. We run 10's and 12's. Your machine could easily handle a 12'. Our 12 foot with poly edge was under $3300.00. You can't beat that and it has held up great.
     
  6. cat272c

    cat272c Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Thank u for the help sounds like the pro tech is the way to go i looked at the folding one that looks slick but i was thinking the 18 footer maybe biger isnt always beter ???? is there any problems with the foldig parts breaking. I have a blizzard power plow and i destroyed the rams on that in under 35 hours so im a litte skeptick on moving pars on snow equipment
     
  7. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I'v used a folding pusher, and they're pretty durable. The only issue I recall nwas that the bars to lock open the protech we had did bend pretty regularly, and the manual open and close was trying when they're bent and just a PITA in general, especially since they weren't stored well, 1st opening of each season was a battle, lots of rust penetrant and grease, then not so bad. We were looking at replacing the bars with something beefier when I left there.
     
  8. onsight

    onsight Senior Member
    Messages: 160

    I run a 14' protech foldable and have had 0 problems with it in 2 seasons of work. The foldable is sweet to run between jobs - only takes a couple minutes to fold/unfold. Grease before, during and after season and you will be fine.
     
  9. SNOWLORD

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    Definately not an 18footer on a 930 14ft max
     
  10. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    Depending on the lots and location a 12 or 14 would be good. I have only used rubber edges on my boxes but i hear a lot about the poly. Might be something to look into. I know we are
     
  11. cat272c

    cat272c Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    14 foot thats it???? i push a 12 footer with my skid steer it slows it dowd but u cant realy stop it unless u have way to much snow u would think a 930 could push way more than that avarage snow per time arouund 3 inches. and there big lots just want to make sure im geting all i can out of each pass
     
  12. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    I was thinking a 16' for sure. I've pushed 14'ers with a backhoe and that 930 has way more power
     
  13. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,039

    R u really the snowlord, because this doesn't even make sense ? I've pushed 20' boxes with a case 721 and the machine never didn't have enough power
     
  14. schmol

    schmol Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    How do you know what kind of lots he will be plowing? Sure it could handle a larger pusher than a 12 footer, but it may be too cumbersome for his lots and therefore hinder his productivity. Bigger is not always better......My vote is for a Horst 5500 steel trip edge pusher with spring trip side plates. Cleans outstandingly well and no bent up side plates!!
     
  15. Mr.Freezzz

    Mr.Freezzz Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 81

    A 930 G is a great unit for 12-16'. Ours will push the 20' yes but not good stacking. The 12' to 16' is where I would stay, for basic loting. We use several 966F Cats with the dirt buckets on a resort due to 2'-4' plus of snow and the road ways require dumping over edges.
     
  16. cat272c

    cat272c Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    thank u freezzz thats good advice i wanted to here some one that pushes 20 i will pick 18 thank u
     
  17. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Why do we even bother sometimes???...
     
  18. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,736

    For the others entertainment I think. :dizzy:
     
  19. Mr.Freezzz

    Mr.Freezzz Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 81

    12' Box is a waste of money on a 930 cat! A 430D will push that for 1/3 of the fuel. He ask what would be the most efficient box for a 930G Loader, not a certain job.:dizzy:
     
  20. DellDoug

    DellDoug Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    Choosing the proper pusher has allot to do with the job. Firstly a HD loader pusher of say 12 ft is allot larger then a backhoe or skid pusher of 12 ft. The loader pusher is higher and carries much more volume of snow. It is also much heavier and stronger. Secondly the job and the lot configuration has to be considered. A parking area with allot of curbs and islands and off grade areas requires a different pusher then a wide open area with no obsticles and very little grade run off. No one pusher can be the best in every area. You will have to make some concessions and choose the best overall pusher for you. We have 12ft horst high volume (tall custom built pushers) that carry as much yardage as a 18 ft std HD horst pusher. We also have sectionals for areas where grade is a problem. There is no one single answer. You have to do your research and choose what is best for you. I will say this much. We have tried allot of manufacturers and our favorites are Horst and Actic sectional units. Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2010