Thanks for posting the picture, clears up a lot. Yes, I guess I'm just used to the newer ones cause I've been looking at them. I need to get something - at least for an FEL. "Knowing" that the B model is a small homeowner tractor and that 8200 is an AG model and designates the HP as 82, I was really wondering "what the heck is it?"
I run a 5420 John Deere 65 hp. It has a 6' loader on the front that I extended to 8'8" with two home made side boxes. I have a 7' blower on the back with a fully hydrolic shoot and a side shood as well. I do about 50 residential driveways and a a dozen commercial parking lots. I guy around here has a really close together route and he does 100 driveways with each of his 3 tractors
I have a 98 Kubota GrandL 3600 W/ encloused cab&heat, loader R4 industrial tires. I have installed a skid steer style quick coupler on the loader for changing attachments. In which i have made a 7"6" meyers snow plow adapted to the loader removal takes a min. By using a blank skid steer plate fabricated mounts for plow which i have also welded an old reciever hitch to. I also have hydralic angling of the plow.
I have a JD 4300. Like fastjohnny, I have a blade that requires the FEL to be removed from the tractor. Personally, I prefer this type of blade. When I first pruchased the tractor, I put a blade on the FEL, and had problems with the blade tripping. The arms of the FEL are to high, and when the blade hits an obstruction, the blade stops, the tractor keeps moving, the front of the tractor wants to come off the ground, thus tripping the blade. With the blade mounted to the frame of the tractor, the force of the obstruction is sent to the frame (much lower) thus allowing the blade to ride over the obstruction, or in some cases also trip. Along this same line, I believe the added weight of the FEL arms, add to much down pressure to the blade, even on float.
I don't use the tractor for plowing any of my customers, just my own place. The FEL is great for backdragging down to the concrete, and then I clean up with the truck. Much easier and warmer. I would us the frame mounted blade more, but the king pin on the blade has no movement in it. When the blade is straight, and one side of the blade rises up on a incline, it really does on raise up, just digs in. With the blade angled either way, the cutting edge does not sit flat on the ground. The blade is very well built, so I end up using it more for spreading gravel, or finish grading in the summer months. Now the PTO driven snowblower, well that could be worth a complete new thread.
Hey ACORN, I was up in your neck of the woods when you had that big blizzard ( I think it was in march of 93) My friends father who lives in the village of memremcook.(I think is the correct spelling) we heard that there might be a good storm up there, so we towed the sleds up there. I could not believe all the Tractors with blowers on the back. very few pick ups with plows. all I could think was how bad their necks felt after that storm. Met some real nice people up there and had fun sledding up and down the main roads of the city.
It was in Feb of '92 we had the big one. People woke up in the morning and litterally couldn't see out the mainfloor window. We had something like 62" in less than 3 days. With the drifting, we had to throw our dog out of a crack we managed at the top of our back door. I have a few pictures around. I'll try to find them and post them. It took a week for the streets just to get plowed once. Businesses had to paint their signs on the street snow banks so people would know where they were because there was no way to see anything to either side of the street for the 8' high banks.
People prefer blowers here I think because it doesn't really matter how deep the snow gets. You can always blow it. We'll typically get a 24" storm per year that makes the trucks useless. When we get dumped on it usually happens pretty fast. If seen it just start to snow at 6 AM and there was 15" on the ground by 8 AM. Needless to say, there were people angree about me not getting them cleared out by 8.
It's funny but around here, I've never seen anyone use a skidsteer for snow. We use tractors, payloaders and plow trucks. Another thing you'll never see here is wings on a truck plow.
We haven't any snow now. Went out a couple times but it's all melted again.
While this isn't exactly considered a compact tractor, I couldn't resist posting a picture of it. Until I got my truck/plow I did a few of the neighbor's driveways with this. It's not the best for moving snow (it could use a lot more weight) it does pretty well for being 58 years old. I have since bought a different back blade (King Kutter from Fleet Farm).