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kubota and snow pusher

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by lfaulstick, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. lfaulstick

    lfaulstick Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 137

    Hey guys, still kinda new around here posted a few times, and i have been searching old threads, and have read alot comparing the compact tractors and skid loaders with pushers, i already have a skid loader, but needed a tractor with cab thats why i went this route. So with that being said, i bought a 2010 kubota L3540 loader, ss quick attach bucket, with a 8ft skid steer snow pusher.

    But i ordered and 8ft pusher for compact tractor, which the differance is the blade is not as high.

    I dont know if the dealer just didnt listen or what, got me a 8ft erskine snow pusher, do you guys think the kubota will handle it? my machines weighs right close to 6000# with the loader and loaded tires, plus i am going to either put wheel weights or my 3pt concrete ballast on back for some more weight.

    the longest push would be 250-350 feet.

    so what do you guys think? i have been losing sleep over this for sometime


    PLOWTIME Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 20

    That is pushing the limits of a 35 hp tractor.The skid steer pusher is not just taller it is weighs more. I had an 8 compact pusher on my 40 hp kubota same set up as yours cab,loader,loaded tires,rear box blade and it worked but that was pushing all the time never more than 3 inches.
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,782

    That's alot of force for those little loader arms, I am a Kubota fan but wrong application. I would talk to your dealer or better yet email him your concerns before the season starts. After something breaks guarranteed they'll cry "operator abuse".
  4. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I agree with Markus. Do you have a side shot of the machine?
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    That looks like its 4ft tall and tough to gage how deep it is but looks kind of big for that machine IMO.
  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    What I would be most concerned about, would be the fact the pusher is a steel edge w/ NO trip mechanism.
  7. 4700dan

    4700dan Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 329

    IMO BAD combination way to big wrong pusher all together
  8. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,598

    soon to be a pretzel.....
  9. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    I know of someone here who had a 6' pusher on a L5740 and he said that was kind of pushing it.
  10. lfaulstick

    lfaulstick Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 137

    i agree with everyone, i was not very impressed when thats what showed up, i think i am going to take it back on monday and have them order a compact model, we get a fair amount of snow here, but the contracts i have start at 2 inches and keep plowing until its done.

    i will get a side shot tommorrow. and i was wondering about the no trip as well i like the steel edge, i didnt know much about the pushers
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    If there is no trip mech...I would suggest running rubber or urethane edges.
  12. magnum1

    magnum1 Senior Member
    from ID & ND
    Messages: 249

    You might try a front plow with wings along with a rear blade, That combination works well for me. An Ebling rear blade makes plowing with a tractor exciting


  13. ppandr

    ppandr Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    I have a New Holland TN55 (6500lbs without weight) and have a 10' pusher on it. It has been a great combination for me since I bought the pusher 6-7 years ago. Never have had any issues and have gone through two rubber edges and installing another this week. I run this machine most of the time and I have hit most everything in the lots we plow from curbs to catch basins while half asleep. I have a 1500# counter wieght and plow in high range unless I'm stacking with it. The guy I bought the pusher from said it was worthless since it had a skid mount.
  14. lfaulstick

    lfaulstick Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 137

    hey all just wanted to let everyone know that we had about 4 inches of wet heavy snow....and the tractor and pusher did extremely well, i was really impressed, i didn't have much time to take pictures as i was in the truck plowing trying to get everything opened up, but we got 4 or 5 hours on it and i was really impressed. i will get pics and vids next snow fall..this being first plow-able was kinda hectic, im sure everyone know what i mean ahah


    Last edited: Dec 1, 2010
  15. KL3540

    KL3540 Senior Member
    from Almont
    Messages: 213

    Fast forward a few years. How did this setup work? Are you still using it? Did it handle that season? How did the tractor hold up?