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Residential uphill downhill driveway

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by richardb200373, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. richardb200373

    richardb200373 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hello all, any help is greatly appreciated... I live in an area that has up hill and down hill driveways, not long, just the normal 100 to 200 ft. driveways. My question and concern is about plowing with a bobcat and smooth bucket: Will it slide down? Can it make it back up? Should I use chains? By the way, I am renting the machine. Thanks :gunsfiring:
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    The unit probably won't slide down any hills but you'll have a tough time going back up (at least with the bucket in use). I don't have any experience with tire chains but I would have to imagine that they'd help quite a bit with traction. I can see them causing unnecessary wear and tear on blacktop and concrete and that would be a major problem. Perhaps a tracked machine is your best option but I wouldn't know for sure since I don't have one.

    Good luck
  3. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I did a lot of plowing a couple years ago with some Bobcats and ASVs. Here's my experience. Having four tires is not even worth getting in the machine and starting it up. I don't know how so many people use them and like them, I found them to be totally useless. All you do is spin and spin and spin. Four tiny little contact patches. Add some hill to that and you will have problems. A tracked machine is about a million times better and faster. I don't know why you would want to use one for driveways. Have you tried it before? If you're going to use a bucket, you're looking at at least two passes, probably three and maybe four, width-wise. Not to mention the bucket will only take so much snow, a snow blade would be better. And the visibility is terrible. I would never do driveways with skidsteer, even if I owned one and the driveways were my neighbors. For a commercial lot where you can leave it there, I'd want a tracked ASV or Cat with a Blizzard 810 on it.
    Are you going to drive it on the road to the driveways? Not legal a lot of places. If you're going to trailer it, that's a lot of work loading and unloading, plus leaving a truck and trailer on the road during snow removal will not make you any friends with the municipal guys.

    I plow a commercial lot for an equipment rental company. They used to do it themselves with three skidsteers with 60 inch buckets, took 3-4 hours. It takes me 1-1/2 hours with my 810. Talk about productivity.