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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Jay brown, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    any one ever build a plow machine out of a combine or self propelled hay conditioner? just a thought, you can buy a 1980's john deere 4x4 7720 or similar for under $10k sounds like cheep hp to me. put a big pusher on it and you would be ready to go. most are set up with all the hydrolics, hyrostat drive, and enough lights to turn night into day. seems like the view would be far superior to a loader or back hoe.
  2. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I saw a picture of a combine with a blower on the front of it on here somewhere recently. Try to search for it.
  3. THREE W

    THREE W Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    True the hydralics could easily be made to work. Vision would be really good to the front, but backing would be a nightmare, on the model you list, a JD 7720 you cant see the ground behind you, nor on the right side behind the front tire, due to the engine

    Second problem would be heating/defrosting. the units have horrible heaters, and no defroster to the windows. I think it would be cold cold cold.

    And finally the size would be a real problem if you needed to take it on the road at all a 7720 takes about 1 1/2 lanes without header/plow on!!

    Would also think you would have to put a lot of weight on the rear as the tires would slide all over the place in ice/snow, but maybe convert the grain bin and auger into a deicer spreader!!
  4. Frostysnow

    Frostysnow Senior Member
    from oh
    Messages: 145

    wow, u might be onto something. As far as backing up goes, u could get like rear view camera. Hook that up to a 10inch LCD and u would be in business. And man would that be fun to operate.
  5. Frostysnow

    Frostysnow Senior Member
    from oh
    Messages: 145

  6. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    that farmshow magazine is full of good ideas. good thing about combines is that they are cheep because they are obselete so fast unlike a tractor.
  7. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    i've seen them done before, it would make for a great pusher...they turn on a zero degree radius so it wouldn't hurt to have one. Take the disc bine off the front and weld on a plow with 2 remotes and you are in business
  8. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    Although they are 4x4, keep in mind a farmer doing corn is never far away from a tractor with 4 wheel drive. They arn't offroad vehicles.

    You will find it hard to maneuver, hard to back up and expensive to maintain. They require a lot of maintence. Although much of this maintence is in augers, etc... they are not easy to fix, especially if you arn't familiar with them.

    Addionally, payments on a new combine are usually over $30,000 a year. Not a cost that people would pay if they didn't need to. There is a reason why people buy new combines. And it's because, much like the snow industry, you have a limited window to do the work. Reliability is key.

    For $10,000 you could buy a 1980s hughes loader. However, by the time you rebuild everything and make ie dependible you could have purchased something newer.