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Plowing with a telehandler

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by LeadDogg, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    This year im going to be plowing with a Cat. TL 1055 telehandler. ive never used this machine for plowing before and i was just wondering if anyone else has experience with these. everything seems like it would be a nice machine to use but you never know until you try it. I have a 12' plow and i will be adding small wings to each side for some extra width. some specs on the machine; 35000 lbs, max speed of 18 mph and a 125 horses. its a gravel lot for a manufacturing company so i will be able to run chains on the machine.
  2. Redneck

    Redneck Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    Cant say as I have ever seen that before:rolleyes:
  3. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    We have the equipment for another aspect of the business (framing) so instead of buying a machine to plow we are putting the telehandlers to use. i think im going to be building a large pusher for it also. not sure about a size though...
  4. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    If you are building a pusher for it, here are some guidelines you should consider.

    Machine Application (minimum)- Width- Snow Capacity (36" high moldboard)
    5,000 lb machine 6' 5yd
    6,000 lb machine 8' 7yd
    8,000 lb machine 10' 9yd
    8,000 lb machine 12' 11yd
    10,000 lb machine 14' 13yd
  5. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    It will work just fine I have plowed with them right side vision is a little impaired..If you have loading docks you scope out and pull the snow back toward you..It's good at stacking also...
  6. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    One other thing they don't have a float setting dedent) position......
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    Unless you get feet of snow, you won't need the chains.

    As for plowing a gravel lot, might want to invest in a urethane edge otherwise you're going to be plowing gravel.

    12' is actually a little small, but hey, if you have it, go with it. Just know you won't have issues.

    These machines are awesome for plowing, just don't extend the boom the whole way, just a foot or so at the most unless stacking.

    Have fun.
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Our JD telehandler is only 86 hp and we have a 12ft pusher on it, so I'm very confidient yours will handle it alot better then mine and you won't need chains at all with the 12 or 14ft.
  9. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    thanks for the info on pusher size... im thinking that if i do build one it will be 16 or 18 feet since a smaller machine can push 12 with no problems. the fact that i will not be able to float is an issue... if i build my own pusher i might try to make it mount to the forks of the machine because those have a good 3 inches of vertical travel at the fork carriage. i think that would give me the play that i want to avoid messing up the lot too much. i am looking forward to the piles i can stack now too. i have a 20' retaining wall that i can push snow off of and then the machine has a 55' reach. all this talk and now i just want the snow to fly!
  10. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    would it be possible to switch in a valve with the float position?
  11. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    In all honesty, you don't need float, a good operator will always be running the joystick. And you can't push a 18 ft pusher, we have a 16 ft pusher on our MX 255 which is 205 hp and we can push it but we had a 19 ft on it before and it couldn't handle it. What's the torque converter like in that thing, some telehandlers really slip bad and won't push jack.
  12. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    im not real sure about the torque converter... ive never really done any pushing or pulling with this machine so its a little hard to tell. sure ive driven around with about 7,000 lbs on the forks but thats not the same as pushing a pile of snow. i have never had a problem with it before but like i said, plowing is much different than anything i do with this machine. i think if i did have issues it would be when im trying to stack my pile but i can just boom out to finish off my push if that becomes a problem. just out of curiosity, do you have a video on youtube of your MX 255? i found a few and im thinking one might be yours.
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

  14. Superior L & L

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

    WOW that tractor can push some snow!!!!
  15. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    you guys just wait...ill post some good pics of tractor plowing haha
  16. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    excellent vids. do you keep that tractor on-site or do you use it for multiple accounts? just curious because it looks pretty massive with the dual tires. maybe it is just because im not used to seeing tractors of that size seeing as i live in the northeast.
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Stays onsite but we drive it all over the place in the summer for the farm.
  18. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    we have a 883 Gehl that we run a lot to push piles back and it does fine and has plenty of drive train power......also have a plow set up for it that is mounted to the bucket but never had to use it yet....
  19. LeadDogg

    LeadDogg Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 27

    this is a quick shot i took of the machine i use. i thought of taking it because i spent some time servicing the plow today. as soon as it snows i will take a few more with the plow mounted. the machine next to it is identical and we have a 12' plow for each one. we rarely use both machines to plow unless it is a large storm. 12' blades side by side makes for a pretty nasty v-plow though :)

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  20. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    The stacking ablilities have to be awesome with those!