10ft Box/Snow pusher too much for a smaller skid steer?

JD Hernandez

Junior Member
Location
Chicago, IL
I have a New Holland L555 ( Smaller type Skid steer : Bobcats,cat,johndeere)
its 45hp Diesel

Can I put a 10ft pusher on it?

Any advice?

Thanks.

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Mark13

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
Snowless IL.
That machine would handle a 10' if your just moving it around. Being that the machine is only about 5,000lbs and with very poor tires it will struggle to push an 8' box very far. It will also be rather slow going no matter what you have on the front of it.
 

Mark13

PlowSite Fanatic
Location
Snowless IL.
JD Hernandez;1659502 said:
Is the weight the issue or is it the speed the problem?

Yes.


Momentum (ie. speed) helps keep things moving.

Figure the truck in your sig is 7,000 pounds or more pushing an 8' straight blade at 10-15mph across a lot. The truck knows it's working but it does fine. The 8' straight blade isn't really pushing as much snow forwards as it is pushing the snow sideways.

Now take the skid steer that is 2,000lbs lighter pushing a "plow" that is 2' wider then the truck blade and with the side plates is actually holding the snow and pushing it all in front of you. There isn't much snow rolling action going on to help your keep momentum. So your already lacking weight and pushing a plow that holds 2-4x the amount of snow as the truck blade and now your doing it at 4-5 mph. Your skid steer just has to much working against it in that situation to be productive in any way.
 

1olddogtwo

PlowSite Fanatic
Mark13;1659508 said:
Yes.


Momentum (ie. speed) helps keep things moving.

Figure the truck in your sig is 7,000 pounds or more pushing an 8' straight blade at 10-15mph across a lot. The truck knows it's working but it does fine. The 8' straight blade isn't really pushing as much snow forwards as it is pushing the snow sideways.

Now take the skid steer that is 2,000lbs lighter pushing a "plow" that is 2' wider then the truck blade and with the side plates is actually holding the snow and pushing it all in front of you. There isn't much snow rolling action going on to help your keep momentum. So your already lacking weight and pushing a plow that holds 2-4x the amount of snow as the truck blade and now your doing it at 4-5 mph. Your skid steer just has to much working against it in that situation to be productive in any way.

Very well put Mark.
 

shaunnshelly

Senior Member
Location
Hudson NY
We push a 10' skid steer model Pro-tech with a 5500lb Tool Cat. No problem. We also plow with the storm and try not to allow more than 4" accumulation.
 

Antlerart06

PlowSite Veteran
Location
In the woods
JD Hernandez;1659503 said:
Thank you for all the input.

Say I might be able plow with a 10ft with my 68hp new skid but I was testing the water since this first full time plow skid So I bought a pro tech Sno-blade 7'6 with manual wings Its a 7.6 box or a 8'11'' wing plow or 9.6 straight plow.

I'll run it this year and see for my self what my Skid can handle
 

badabing1512

Senior Member
Location
Buffalo, NY
Are you doing long runs or short runs?
Do you get more wet snow or dry snow?
Can you stay on top of heavy storms (plowing no more than 4 inches or so)?
As mentioned earlier, a good set of tires goes a long way as well...

These are all questions you need to ask yourself...

IMO an 8 foot box would be the limit in most conditions
 

rob_cook2001

2000 Club Member
No way would I try more than an 8ft box on that skid!! I run a 10 foot box on my s650 which is around 75 hp and over 8000lbs with new tires and there are times she struggles for traction. Get an 8ft plow for it or a set of snow tires and a 8ft box.
 

derekbroerse

2000 Club Member
I kinda figured a 10'er would even be too big for my Lx885, which is a considerably bigger machine than the L555. I was looking at 9'ers. Even an 8' might be too much for it to handle in a heavy storm, especially if it starts to get away on you. I think I'd be looking at a blade with wings on that machine...
 

leigh

PlowSite Veteran
Location
CT
Buswell Forest;1660547 said:
Would a rubber tracked machine, say 10k lbs and 100 hp, be more able to move a larger pusher?

Depends on which tracks are on it.Polar tracks ,yes. HP doesn't help if your spinning out, unless it's a burn out competition!
 

Team_Arctic

Senior Member
Location
Portage, WI
no not normally, it depends on the tread pattern, and weight of the machine. I have found that the Bar lug style, common on the older cat machines work alright stock, most others need an aftermarket snow track to grip
 

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