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Advice for a rookie

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Illini Pete, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. Illini Pete

    Illini Pete Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hey Y'all,

    I've already learned far more information about snow removal in only a few days of reading your posts than I ever knew existed! I've been a city boy whose only experience with snow removal has been shoveling about 50 ft of sidewalk, but I'm considering purchase of a place in the country with a lot more to tend to than that. It includes a gravel drive about 600 ft long, relatively flat, about half straight with two gentle curves, 2 short turnouts to a machine shed, with a parking/turnaround area about 40 ft x 60 ft). Would you recommend mounting a blade or a snow thrower on a yet-to-be-purchased lawn tractor, or a plow on my '95 4x4 Tacoma which is my daily driver, or a plow on my FJ40 Land Cruiser (4x4 with automatic locker in the rear). Both my 4x4s have 31" x 10.50 A/T tires but I'll probably be putting 33x12.50 M/T on the Cruiser. I expect to purchase a lawn tractor because I'll have about 1.5 acres to mow so I like that option but don't want to get something that would be overwhelmed by the snow removal. I expect to use the equipment 3 or 4 times per average winters with a maximum snowfall of about 10" - 12", every few years. It's windy here in the prairie so I expect drifts up to 2 or 3 ft.

    Any advice on brands if that question is kosher here?

    Thanks guys,
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    First, stick with one of the trucks. Leave the lawn tractor for the lawn - IT GETS COLD PUSHING SNOW.

    Second decide for sure if you'll be doing only your own drive or MIGHT do some of your neighbors. That'll make a difference on the type of plow setup I'd recommend.
  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    No snowthrower! That will be a nightmare on a gravel drive. If it were me I would go with a plow on the Tacoma. Since you won't use it that often it won't do any harm to your vehicle. Buy a plow brand with a dealer that is close to you just in case you need help with service.