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New Sidewalk Rig

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by 4x4Farmer, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    Well after fighting with subbing out sidewalks for the since the beginning of time I decided to do them myself. I picked up this 1997 F-935 Diesel with 1500 hrs on it. Everything seems real tight and runs top notch. Picked up a 246 broom with some real good brushes on it just needed some cosmetic work. Only problem was the broom was for a JD 420 or 430 but I bought the mounting and the gearbox assembly off e-bay for 600 bucks. Repainted the broom, it Wasent that bad but beings I had all the shields off while I put new bearings and sprockets on it I figured may as well. Shes coming together slowly. Got the new mount today. Still looking for a 47 Blower for it. Going to put wheel weights and some new tires on it also. Heres a couple of pics. I'm sure after one year of dealing with sidewalks I will be ready to sub them out again so if your looking for a machine like this keep your eyes open...it might be for sale this time next year. lol

    New Mount and Gear Box





    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554


    Salter on the back with a skirt around it would do wonders
    Much cheaper then a drop salter.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    How much snow can you cut with it?
  4. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    well you know when its really heavy snow you just hit it with that once and it chops it up nice and thins it out. Ha Ha :laughing:
  5. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Do you got doors for it? If not can you get doors for it?
  6. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    Oh yeah its got the good hard doors for it. I just took them off for doing some mowing around the farm in the summer time. Its got a heater also. Hopefully that will take the edge off the cold at least.
  7. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,747

    Nice! Looks good Nick!
  8. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Heater is a great option to have, are those units front or rear wheel drive? So you plan on leaving it on site for winter, or trailering it around?
  9. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    Its front wheel drive. It will have to be trailered due to the miles between jobs. The next size up f1145 is 4wd which would have been nice but found a really good deal on this one.
  10. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    We use a F935 on walks with a brush and a blower. Works pretty well. Only difference is ours has the soft cab. It can get stuck pretty easy but if the operator knows what they're doing it does just fine.
  11. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    Yeah that's the one thing that worries me is it getting stuck. That's why I'm thinking of adding wheel weights and some better snow traction tires....or just mount a winch on it. Lol
  12. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    I like the winch idea, seriously you could get a small electric winch if you find it getting stuck, or keep an extra long chain in truck ;)
  13. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    Getting closer. Got her mounted up tonight. Don't have the PTO shaft I need yet so I haven't got to test it.


    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    I have seen guys put ATV tires on their 420-30's and fill them and put weights on. No chains and they do greats.
  15. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    You might want to look for a spare front and rear tire. We love our front mounts but they seem more prone to get flats in the winter. We run our Kubota in 2wd most of the time but need 4wd to hop curbs. Good luck.
  16. GLLLC

    GLLLC Member
    from CT
    Messages: 43

    We went one step further and had our JD 1445's tires foam filled after having our Mechanic run around during storms changing tires.
  17. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    So here's a question I have now. If I have the quick attach system for the 246 broom and the 47 blower...will a brand new 47 quick attach blower attach to it or have they changed over the years? I don't have the quick attach...I was just wondering.
  18. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    That's a perfect machine for sidewalks, congrats - hope it runs good for you!
  19. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,808

    I have both models 935 and 1145 in the process of adding a blade and blower to the 1145 as well as trying to find a cab or somehow make one. Have the soft cab on the 935 with a heater and it does a good job at keeping you warm. You will have to crack a window on yours being its a hard cab or you will roast to death.

    Didn't know there was a quick attach for these units. They have modified the newer F series machines but haven't had a chance to look up close. The small local dealer isn't much help in my area, have to go to the bigger ones. I know it has the 4 pins underneath and then you have to monkey around with the drive shaft. Never had my machine stuck. Well once when the driver high sided it off of a raised timber wall 3' drop on the other side. The 1145 I used to drive at a court house would struggle in deep drifts. I would swap out blade for blower then.

    I've found some good JD online parts stores but some stuff it still stupid expensive. $450 for a single side cab post and $360 for the other side. I'm sure that mount wasn't cheap I looked those up too to try and convert a X series moldboard to a F series mount.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  20. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    I have the gas version of your machine (F932) and I have a quick hitch for mine. It seems like I can hook up to many different attachments but the tricky part is finding PTO shafts that are the correct length. The one for a mower deck is different than the one for a sweeper and the one for a blower is different than the one for a mower deck. In other words, they're hardly "universal".

    BTW - I had an extra 246 broom that I would've sold to you. I pick them up whenever I see them because I know how hard it is to find them. I even sold one to Advantage who posted earlier in this thread.