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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DAFFMOBILEWASH, Oct 17, 2007.


    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Ok, so I am dreaming of pushing snow. Today the farmers are in ther fields combining the corn and I started to think. Has anyone seen or herd of a combine being coverted to a monster snow pushing machine. If you think about it there woulnt be much work in adding a blade, hacking off some extra pieces and making a super cheap pusher. Can pick a used combine for nearly scrap metal prices. :dizzy:

    So what do you think??

  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    There was one guy I heard of doing that. He totally stripped the combine down, so he would have better visibility. I'm not sure how well it worked but it didn't look too pretty. I'm not sure how reliable an old combine would be either. Guys have made old comebine's into pretty much anything you can think of so why not a snowplow.
  3. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    theres a guy on here that asked a question about converting a self propelled haybine to a plow...basically what it comes down to is those machines are meant to be driven forward (mostly) and not intended to push heavy loads
  4. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    it's been done before, it was in one of the farm papers last season. i'm still looking for an old hay swather/ haybine. it would have the visiability you need vs. a combine. and it would also have a better turning radius, might like in hydro pump power though.
  5. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    that's funny dirt digger, i'm that guy that asked and you replied the same time i replied. what are the chances?????
  6. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    chances are pretty good...haha im bored out of my mind right now..too dark to work, to warm to snow and no rain to bring trees down
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I've seen a big new JD forage harvester with a double auger snow blower, They use it in the winter to load trucks with snow and cut corn and hay the rest of the year.
  8. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i have wondered it for years

    What about the straw chopper for salt spreader? LOL

    we have a large farm equip auction in town every month (cooktractor.com) and them 'ol f2's sale for $1500 and i always thought it was a cryin shame for somethin with a motor to sale that cheap

  9. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    IDK how well they would work when you get on ice? maybe if you have rear wheel assist, but have you ever had to drive a combine on ice? they get to spinning and sliding pretty easy.
  10. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    What do you harvest with ice on the ground? late late beans
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Sometimes if it's a wet fall, we wait untill the ground freezes to harvest. If you want to see me get mad , get salt all over my combine. PITA
  12. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    yeah, if its realy wet fall you can wait till the ground freezes to finish beans and corn. I just know from driving one of ours from the dealership to the farm in january one time.
  13. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    we might have one of theose "wet" falls here. they closed a road and a highway down today because of flooding of a nearby river.
  14. stangman35

    stangman35 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Heres my ride for fall,I think they would be pretty worthless in the snow or even trying to push it.Besides being hard on the hydrostat.there very front heavy,with the 12 row corn head on the will do a rear wheelie pretty easy.At $250,000 a pop makes an expensive snow pusher,besides who would want to run an older one.

    You can put one on the tractor in the second pic,much better plowing machine.


  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Closet that I found to what you were looking for.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008
  16. Kennedy81

    Kennedy81 Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    I've often wondered about the same thing. I'd think a plower would do much better than a plow.

    SNOWLORD Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 610

    We build alot of crazy stuff in our shop and nearly tried this a few years back after a couple of combine demos but I feel to get one cheap enough not sure it would be reliable and my biggest concern was the drive hydros not sure they would take the heavy push continually plus not sure what SuperTarget would think of an old Gleaner flopping across their lot haha
  18. hyperpack

    hyperpack Senior Member
    Messages: 108

  19. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,770

    I have spent nearly every day in one of our combines since Sept 18th. You couldn't pay me enough to plow snow in one of them.

    1st: You cant see **** behind you from the cab of these machines. All you have is mirrors and they suck too.

    2nd: You are extremely tall. I look down on semis when I pull up to them... honestly. This could lead to snagging powerlines. Just because the powerlines on the road have to be 13'9" doesn't mean where you are plowing at has to be.

    3rd: Newer machine, too expensive payup Older machine, loud and annoying. You are sitting about 18" away from the motor. In older machines the motor is sitting right along side of you...riding shotgun.

    4th: We have an older machine and a newer machine. Old machinery buys for cheap for a reason. The more hours the more problems. I have spent countless hours trying to fix and keep the old machine running. :realmad:

    Overall, My 2 cents, I think you will run into more headaches than it is worth.

    Here's our machines.



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  20. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    Verry nice post phillbilly, well thought out and had good and bad points about the idea but i think the breakdowns and the noise and other mechanicle issues i figuredout YOUR COMBINES ARE GREEN LOL Thats the Prob. aint it JD DAVE