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Skid steer production

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Brian Young, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    This will be our first year using our LX665 Turbo for plowing. We took it to Baltimore to move snow but never really plowed with it. We did get new tires (and chains if need be) and I'll be using a 8ft Artic Sectional to plow with. I think it weighs aprox. 6000lbs and is 54hp. How well will it move long runs of snow. What do you think.
  2. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    I think on light snows you're golden. On a heavy snow, I'd be worried.
  3. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    Whats a long run??? I'd say you're looking at a situation like a tractor, you'll probably run out of weight before power.
  4. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305


    I have a friend here where I live pushing w/ an expandable to about 13' and w/ years of experience. In winter of '08 he went w/ winter tires (Snow wolf ) I think, and he absolutely SWEARS by that decision. No more chains w/ all that hassel. That skid really gets the job done
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    A "long run" is probably 75 yards long. As far as weight goes, what if I started drinking a lot of Labatt's and eating more pizza and wings?
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    The skid was originally going to just cut out curbs and obstacles and pile up for the loader but then I got thinking by using the Artic Sectional I might be able to plow more with it.
  7. bullettooth81

    bullettooth81 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Now you're thinking! Pizza and wings! I like it.
  8. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    But I might not be able to fit into the skid steer after, I barley fit now,lol
  9. bullettooth81

    bullettooth81 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Ah, that is an issue. Some of them can get pretty tight!

    Back when I was an engineer at Bobcat we couldn't believe how tight the 463 and 553 models were in the cabs. We sold a ton of them to Asia, and had to put pedal extensions in most of them.
  10. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    LOL, nice. There is a ton of room in mine surprisingly for a smaller skid steer. I just though by using the Artic I might get more traction and be able to plow a bit more.
  11. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    I think you will do alright, if it gets too deep or heavy just take a little less.
  12. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    i think you are pushing the limits of that machine, i am not familiar with the newhollands, but my 40xt is a 56hp machine, and with a 8 foot push it struggles. definetly upgrade the tires.
  13. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    i would reccomend snow tires (wolf paws). We have ran them on machines where it made the difference between being able to go from running an 8fter to running a 10fter. You will pick up a little extra top speed with that machine also, by installing them.
  14. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    It will depend on the snow type.. light to moderate water contant you'll do ok but the really wet stuff is another story...... But you'll LOVE plowing with them!..... If I could I'd get rid of my trucks and have just skids (if everything was a perfect world and my accounts were right next door to each other)