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How does a truck & plow compare to a Skid Steer & plow?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by carcrz, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I was thinking about putting a plow on my loader. It basically sits all winter so I figured I might as well get some use out of it. But I was wondering - how does it compare? Can it push more? less? Speed?
  2. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    What kind of loader???

    What kind of loader,what kind of plow,what kind of plowing????
    They use backhoes with P/A blades on a regular basis on the highways in Massachusetts as do some of the cities and towns.I am seeing more skid-steers used for sidewalk plowing.Chain up a loader and it does a good job moving snow.All depends on what it is and what you are going to use it for........
  3. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    It's a Case 1845C. Haven't bought anything for the front of it yet because I want some opinions on how they do before I go spending any money,
  4. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Depends on how you want to use it.

    I ran a Case 1840 with a blower for the State,clearing sidewalks,over and under passes and they loved it.
    I've seen skid-steers with a pusher doing parking lots,loading docks,airports etc and they seem to work great.
    I see more and more towns using them to clear sidewalks and doing post storm cleanup.
  5. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I do mainly parking lots, but my wife got me thinking - she could sit in the truck & plow while I was on the Case doing the areas that had some cars & obstacles. I figured it would be less wear & tear on my truck.
  6. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    No reason not to.

    The only issue I have heard guys talking about is better traction ,either chains, studded tires or snows etc.. would help that if you ran into that problem.
    I would think either a 8' pickup plow adapted to a blank or your bucket or a 8' pusher would be ideal to squeeze in between the cars.As the banks grew you could stack with the machine also.
  7. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i'd go for it. it'll be the best money you will spend. i bought my 9' meyer (municipal power angle) for $500 and the mount, lift arm and welding was about $200. can't go wrong spending $700.
  8. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    get a 8' protech snow pusher and run circles around your truck.
  9. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    there is a guy trying to sell a homemade pusher in the for sale forum. He only wants the money he has into the material for it $400-$500 not a bad deal for a cheap pusher
  10. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    I agree, get a pusher insted of a plow.
  11. carcrz

    carcrz Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I was thinking about the pusher as well. I've heard that they hold more snow than a plow. Plus, they can stack it better too.
  12. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Hold on Boys!!! I have a 7' plow on my bobcat. It plows like a frickin tank! Love it!!! I have no problems what so ever making big piles of snow. I have a apt complex that is 3 blocks long. We run a truck thru to open and I take over. 45 minutes tops......that's in between cars and fenced in parking stalls. :gunsfiring: :gunsfiring: