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Small skidloaders and snowblowers

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by shooterm, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 272

    Has anyone run the S100 type skidloaders and put a 48" snowblower on it? After watching a few sidewalk crews play with walkbehinds, ATVs and shovels I'm considering a demand for faster service. Couple of things I already noticed is the throw distance on paper isn't very good for bobcat brand and it also has the problem of MN standard sidewalks being 48' it sits at 52" actual. Any input would be great I really think if I found the right setup for sidewalks it would a very good winter job for me AND my current company.
  2. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    What about a S70? 36in actual width w/ a 48in blower. Could run a 4ft plow for light snows?

    BTW, check again on the width of a S100. I am pretty sure they are just under 4ft wide....I think they also offer 2speed & SJC in them now.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2010
  3. fargosnowpro

    fargosnowpro Member
    Messages: 91

    Width listed on the website is 45.9" for the S100, 2 speed and SJC are an option!
  4. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 272

    Yah acually the S70 is pretty interesting considering I could use it as a backyard tool. Problems from it might be the severe lack of clearance since I'd road it on unplowed roads and no 2speed. Just been brainstorming lately sidewalks are still pretty done much by hand here at a loss.

    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 641

    I rented a Bobcat 443, w/48" blower, a couple of years ago. It was a really heavy winter and the city pushed all the snow from the streets onto the parkway sidewalks. It worked pretty well. I beleive the 443 is now called the S70. The one problem I remember was that the wheels were mounted so close to the frame that I don't think you could get chains on the tires. Another issue is that a machine and blower that are as wide as the walkway can create some problems in the curves.
  6. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 272

    Yah more I think about it I'd actually want something a couple inches smaller then a standard sidewalk. I'm kinda a yard nazi and think hitting the yard every once in awhile could be a pain for a smaller skid.
  7. gene gls

    gene gls PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 481

    Check out Ventrac or Stiner.
  8. dirtnazi

    dirtnazi Member
    from ct
    Messages: 66

    I run 2 ASV pt 30s with FFC Blowers and they get thru any thing
  9. mike1316

    mike1316 Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    What about an bobcat mt52 or mt 55
  10. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    No cab turns it into actual work. Cold work.
  11. Snowzilla

    Snowzilla Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 397

    The little Bobcat's (453/S70) are neat & I wish I had one too but if your a big guy at all & with snow clothing/boots on, if you have to crawl in and out much it's a pretty snug fit. I do like the ease of getting into the ASV but they are pricey machines. A big walk behind blower like the Cub Cadet 45" or Troybilt 45" can be had for about $2300.
  12. pdmissle

    pdmissle Member
    Messages: 33

    I'll happily be stuffing my ass in an S 70 this winter rather than standing outside in the cold for 10-18 hours