this past summer at the Conag show in Las Vegas, I spoke with the John Deere folks about their skid steer situation and were they going to enter the plow market and their answer was yes.
They are marketing a plow for skid steers that they are having built for them. It looked rugged at the show, but this would be a first year obviously.
They further informed me that they were moving the production of skid steeres from one plant to another to improve the quality of their own machines.
For those of you who are interested in plowing with these machines, John Deere would be a good option for you.
I've just bought a new Massey Fergusen 1440 tractor and will be installing a new Curtis plow rig on it. They are working on finishing the adaptor for MF's "Quick Hitch" and when completed, I will have one and report on its performance.
Obiviously I'll be installing a MPT urethane edge on the plow.....
I'm a pretty big Deere fan myself but I checked their snowblade out this week and it's not very heavy duty in my opinion. The moldboard is pretty thin and they don't have alot of support behind the moldboard as far as bracing. Their 9 footer is about $2100 and there are much better ones out there for that money.
Snow Wolf Ultra series definately is a nice unit. Trip edge, 6" side to side oscillation, powder coated unit. Very nice.
I ended up getting a unit from a fabrication shop in our area that has been testing their own unit for two years. I got it through my JD dealer. It's nicer than the JD blade by far, but not quite like the Wolf though. Of course it's $800 less than the wolf and I just hope it holds up. It seems well constructed and has some neat little features the others don't. We'll find out this winter!!!
The carriage area has step plates that have a type of stamped out steel that is for traction purposes so you don't slip stepping in and out of the skidsteer,(all the way across the top of the cradle) the unit also is set up so that if you blow a line while plowing there are holes that can be pinned in about 6 or 8 positions as a temporary fix so you can still plow (so as not to have the blade flopping left to right), and the moldboard is stainless.
We just mounted one of our old 9'plows with wings on it making it a 11' plow on our new 270 John Deere skidsteer. Of course we also mounted a MPT Artic Groomer cutting edge, the only way to go in my opinion.
The Blizzard 810ss model plow is the best plow I have operated on a skid steer. i have operated (2) two, one was a Bobcat T-200, and the other was a Bobcat T-300 both were fitted with Blizzard 810ss's and utilized the Bobcat control sticks to operate the plow.
Too late, Mike, I bought a Cat 248. I stopped down at Nortrax 3 times, each time the salesman was out and never returned my call. I figured if this was how the sales department was going to treat me, I wasn't even going to think about how the Service Department was going to handle things.
I stopped at Penn, the salesman(Jeff) brought a demo out to my job, and took me to lunch later that week. After lunch he took me on a tour of the facility and introduced me to both the Service Manager and Parts Manager. I ordered my 248 there and then.
That was 2 years ago, I haven't regretted it for a minute. I never did hear from Nortrax.
By the way, the 277 is Cat's larger tracked skid steer, I thought you had demoed one last season.
Boss used to make a S/S model, I don't know if they still do. Look in the back of any landscape trade magazine, there must be 100 manufacturers of snowplows for these things. Warren is one that comes to mind, FFC too.
I wasn't aware that Cat had added the 2 speed tranny, that's a nice feature. Mine doesn't have it. I've considered setting mine up as backup, my accounts are all within 5 miles diameter of my home.