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2 wheel drive backhoe in the snow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MetroProperties, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. MetroProperties

    MetroProperties Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I was looking online and am now considering in getting a backhoe instead of a tractor or skid steer. I was thinking about a used case backhoe and it seems like most are 2wd. How do they handle in the snow and can you use pushers?
  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Just like trucks, spend the extra $$$ for 4wd. Trust me, you'll need it.
  3. Plow Nuts

    Plow Nuts Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    8 or 10ft pusher max. We used a 12 ft on ours and it was too much for it to move with snow piled up in front. Wheel spin was a big problem.
  4. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    I've seen that here. The problem is their tires have really poor traction in snow... I guess if you threw chains on them, it would help, but a real "snow tire" that has a compound made for cold weather grip would help as well.

    So strange watching this big hulking machine get stuck in what appears to be a small amount of snow.


    Tire compounds are just not the same for working in snow.

    Turn your volume off for this one

  5. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    We used to use a case 2wd for years for stacking and pushing piles back. They get hung up in piles quite easy and there is a learning curve. In any case you will never need a tow out if you have the hoe, any good operator will just use it to pick themselves up and pull themselves out, still a PITA when it happens. 4wds aren't that much more money and much more useful. IMO 4wd just means "Way deeper" stuck less often.
  6. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    The problem with pushing snow with a backhoe on asphalt,especially just a 2 wheel drive rig is that very little of the rear tire surface is actually touching the pavement because of the tread design.If you took that same backhoe to say a gravel bank and were to push snow there,it would be a world of difference because now those huge lugs are able to bite and get traction.