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Bobcat S250 8' or 10' pusher??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Ne1, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I'm in the market for a snow pusher for my Bobcat S250. The question is can it handle a 10' box or should I get an 8'? Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I would go 10.

    I am running a 10ft bobcat pusher on my S205 with counter weights with good success.
  3. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Go with the ten. You wont be kicking yourself in the middle of winter saying I should have gotten the 10. good luck
  4. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    Do the counter weights make that much of a difference? I tried pushing an 8 footer the other day and just spun. It was a heavy wet snow though too. I'm lookin at getting a new snow bucket and i'm trying to decide whether to go with a 7' or 8'.
  5. TownlineEquip

    TownlineEquip Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    We generally don't recommend more than 8'. Like the other guy said in a wet heavy drop you can get stopped in your tracks. You still move a ton of snow with 8' Remember how much you're pushing out in front of you. It's not like a snowplow.
  6. jomama45

    jomama45 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,190

    Depends on the lots your pushing. I've had a 10 on my S250 & pushed it no problem. As long as your at full speed & pushing straight, traction shouldn't be a problem. Note that I don't run the AG tires though, I run industrial, severe dutys. An 8 footer should probably clean up better on a lot that's not as flat.
  7. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Thanks for all the input. Now I wait for end of the year sales.
  8. jgoetter1

    jgoetter1 Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    I push an 8 with my s250. I've got no complaints. You can still push a ton of snow with an 8. I do believe it would have no problems with the 10.
  9. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    I would go with a 10 foot pusher, my dads friend has one and it works just perfect on his s250.
  10. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    I spent quite a few hours last year in a S250 with a 10' pusher. On some of the deeper snows when the pusher got full it was quite a load for the machine would bog way down or just break the tires loose. But on smaller storms I could cover ground really fast.
  11. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    Go 10', you can always take a smaller bite in the wet deep stuff. :rolleyes:

    My theory for equipment is buy the piece that will be the most efficient most of the time. Why limit production ALL the time ?

    If your average snow is 1-4", with a hand full of 6-12" I would buy the 10'.

    If you don't plow with the storm and average 6"+, or encounter heavy drifting ALL the time go with the 8'.

    I had a 10' blade on an S250 and if It got real heavy, or it piled up quick, I would just run the snow bucket threw the bad drifts and hog out the bad stuff. I also used one of the trucks a couple times just to break open long runs. Worked great, and on the 20 1"-3" events we had lots done in record time.

    Its a Balancing act for sure...
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  12. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    if the machine is sitting at 1 location all winter, then go with a 10, cant trailer a 10 down the road, unless the truck pulling is a 10ft flatbed or dump. Like what was said if it gets to deep or heavy, take a smaller bite...a s250 should have no problems with a 10.....I have a 10ft bobcat pusher on a subs s185 w/snow tires, and he dosent have any problems except for the other day when we had 5-6 in of some of the wettest heaviest snow ive pushed....and he just took smaller bites. he has a snow bucket sitting at this location, but didnt feel that it was so bad that he needed it........
  13. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    any extra weight on the tires is gonna help with traction...................what kind of machine are you running? are you keeping all 4 tires on the ground? like with pushers, go as big as you can, you can always take smaller bites.
  14. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    I've got an S205. What is better, a snow bucket or a containment plow?
  15. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    this might be better off in a new thread.

    there are many variables...just as what type of plowing you are doing?
    personally i like pushers for more com. work, but also use snow buckets, blowers, plows, and ice scrapers.
  16. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I agree....is this your only piece of snow removal equipment? if so, I would recommend getting something that is non hydraulic, pusher or snow bucket(less things to go wrong)...... but a pusher would be my choice....you at least have the standard bucket still if you need a bucket.... .........bobcat is offering 0% / 42months on attachments right now, something to think about.
  17. Brad3403

    Brad3403 Senior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 392

    Sorry....didn't mean to hijack the thread. I've got 6 plows trucks.
  18. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    I would go with 10 it should be easy to push with a s250
  19. miltonplower

    miltonplower Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 160

    i've got a couple of those bob cat's and i run 10' and even 12' no problem but i run counter wieght's on the 12' pusher