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What Size Pusher?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by psuce1, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. psuce1

    psuce1 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hello,

    I am new to the commercial snow removal business and I am purchasing a snow pusher for my backhoe, but I can't decide what size. I am pushing two large commercial lots which are mostly open. Last year I plowed the lots just as an employee for someone using a rented Case 580 N 4x4 (79hp) and a 12' pusher. The backhoe handled the pusher fine and it did the lots fast enough. This year I decided to remove the snow as a sub with my own backhoe and pusher. My backhoe is a Case 580 super L series II 4x4 (95hp). It is a slightly more powerful machine the the 580 N was but the weight is probably comparable.

    My question is should I buy a 12' or 14' pusher? What has other peoples experience been with 14' pushers on backhoes? I don't think the horse power is really an issue with either machine I am concerned about traction and maneuverability. The price between the two pushers is not enough to make a difference really. I am plowing in southwest Pa where we really don't get a lot of big snows and only having two lots one being a 24 hour store a big snow event won't be able to pile up anyway. I will be there plowing during the snow.

    Also does anyone have a preference on a brand of pusher? I am not sure how much they can differ other than the thickness of the steel.

    Thanks in advance,

    Phil