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Need thoughts on best 48" sidewalk machine

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by OFIGUY, Jan 7, 2014.


    OFIGUY Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I am hoping for a little feedback from guys that have LOTS of sidewalks to clear. We use our 4310 kubota with a seven foot straight blade on our wider walks but I have several city blocks of 48" . We run a quad for deeper snow but would like to use a broom if I could since most of the walks are older and very uneven. I was looking at some walk behind brooms but not sure how they will hold up. Anyone running a ventrac or similar that could give me some feed back?
  2. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 569

    We had about 6 miles of sidewalks for a school system. We bought a Kubota 3030. Beautiful integrated cab. We put and Epoke PM 1.4 spreader on the back. It had a 60" blade on the front. Loved that machine. We are considering a Ventrac. A bit pricey but I hear they are awesome.
  3. r.renterprises

    r.renterprises Member
    Messages: 31

    John deere 2720 with 60 in brush on front and eather a blower or spreader on back. Has curtis cab works great. Would not recommend the curtis cabs to any one. And the john deere broom has issues. There just not built tough enough.
  4. 2ExploreSnow

    2ExploreSnow Member
    Messages: 64

    I use a JD Front mower 1445. While not a dedicated plowing machine, it is built with that in consideration. You can get a broom, blower (2 sizes), hydraulic blade 60". I don't have the broom but I have been using the 5ft blower and blade. You may want to move the tires in for 4ft or get the smaller machine.

    Frankly, the blade is undersized. Of course, if all you use it for are sidewalks then it's sized right. Could still be taller (it's 18" high). The blower is built commercial grade and despite some hard snow and a couple of rocks, I haven't sheared a pin (pto shuts off). Still, the blower is a mediocre design. The fan is only 16" high. Could be bigger and engine would still handle it fine.

    This does have a 4 post ROPS with front glass and heater. I have a block heater but as last week verified, it needs multiple hrs (overnight) and some extra battery to start at 3*F . Otherwise,It does well overall.

    There are other brands of front mowers. Also, I have seen some town crews using stronger residential mowers with blades on them since they do OK and are less $$
  5. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 545

    do a search for sw48, trackless, and holder. You will never need to buy another
  6. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Price wise and versatility. Find a compact tractor with a cab. I have an old JD 4300 with a cab, plow and 3ph drop spreader doing sidewalks at a mall, a commercial site and a few schools. Good road speed, good value.

    It also has a front mount snow blower, it could run a broom. Summer time the loader goes on it and it has a bush hog and a finish mower for the 3ph. Also have a post hole auger and probibally some other attachments kicking around I can't think of.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014
  7. muff

    muff Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I would recommend a 3300 series Deere. We run a 3320, have a blower, broom and v/u/ straight blade. Blower and broom are deere, blade is a horst. 5 minutes to change implement on front depending on application if you get Deere's front A frame quick coupler.
  8. CleanCutL&S

    CleanCutL&S Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    S100 with a broom, Ventrac or gravely tractor. Is what most use around here