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Question about tractor size an capabilty

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by GreenPoint, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. GreenPoint

    GreenPoint Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hi I'm new to this forum and would appreciate any feedback.
    I'm looking to buy a Kubota M6040 65hp tractor and put a 8-10' snow pusher in it.
    The tractor weighs 5500 lbs dry weight but could be as much as 9000 lbs (maybe a little more) with tire weights, front end loader etc.

    I've always used plow trucks in the past and this would be my first experience with a tractor and snow pusher.

    I'll be using it on a medium sized factory parking lot that is probably 15-25 acres if I were to guess. I also plan on having a f550 with a 9.50ft v plow on site.

    Would this machine setup be big enough to effectively push snow or am I wasting my time? (We try to push every 3 inches)
  2. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    I'm curious about this too....
  3. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    With rim guard in the tires, and the right operator, I think it would do OK. Is it hydrostatic? Hydro is great for around the farm, but for serious work I would rather have a direct drive standard transmission with a reverser/shuttle shift. The hydros I have used seem to have trouble holding momentum. Momentum would be key.
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    20-25 with two plows....... Really
  5. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    With the equipment you have listed and the size of the lot it would take 8 hours plus to clean the lot and on a longer storm you would not keep up.
  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Is this a joke?
  7. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    15-25 acres with one small tractor is NOT enough. I have a hard time believing you plow this with pickups and are able to get it done in a timely manner....

    One wheel loader with 12' pusher and one tractor or bobcat with a 10' pusher would be they minimum equipment I would put on that site. Just my .02
  8. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Unless the tractor is needed year round, a larger sized articulated loader would definitely be a better way to spend the money.
  9. lawntec

    lawntec Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    The tractor won't be your answer at all for this property. If you wanted a tractor for other reasons....sure...it will help you on this property. But $ for $, you are better off with a wheel loader or a skid.
    Don't get me wrong....15-25 acres.....you need way more equipment.
  10. aslc

    aslc Junior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 25

    I have a M 7040 Kubota and we push a 10 artic pusher with it. it would not handle anymore. with the loader the Artic the tractor Loaded tires and a blower on the back our tractor is about 11600 pounds
    it pushes good straight but it won't turn at all with a full box.that tractor will not put a dent in the 20 acre parking lot. If you run a rubber edge pusher 8 foot would be max
  11. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    You need a lot more iorn on a lot that size.

    Have you ever taken care of a property anywhere near this size?

    If you have, you're way off in left field as to equipment you need.

    If you haven't, you need to step away from this one now and wait until you have the experience to do it. The financial consequences when, not if, but when you fail will be enormous.
  12. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    Nope it will not be of any use on a lot that size, unless you plan on using it to do all the cutting around the islands and obstacles. Buying a tractor at 5,500 lbs and then adding another 3,500 lbs does not change the fact its a 5,500 lbs tractor. That size property you will need a good sized loader, or at least two large size tractors in the 120 - 15o HP range.