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Those with a skid - pusher or snow bucket??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jvm81, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    Looking at upgrading this spring / summer for a new skid. Local - bobcat, new holland, john deere. All three that I visited with all say don't get a pusher cuz you can't pile. Go with the 80 - 100 inch snow buckets. Right now I just use our skid with a regular bucket on it - works but I need to upgrade so not much expereince with the pusher / snow bucket.
  2. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i have a pusher, plows and buckets. you can't really move much snow with a skid loader bucket. personaly i would reccomend a plow (9 or 10 foot). we run two skid loaders with plows on our bigger 5-10 acre lots. we can clear these 2 times faster than our 4 pickups put together.
  3. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    you can stack with a box...just like you can with the plow on your truck.

    once you have a pile you simpley rais the box slowly and tip it back up on to the pile....done.
  4. elmo1537

    elmo1537 Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    snow box

    it is like running a plow with wings you can move twice the amount of snow with it that you can with a straight blade
  5. Lawnscape89

    Lawnscape89 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    Ever hit a man hole with a bucket while plowing?....you won't forget it. Not so with a pusher, especially if it has a rubber edge. Plus the shoes will go right over a curb when you get to one, not stop dead because you hit it.
    Let's see... 8'-10' wide, 3' tall and 3' deep vs. 100" bucket. Close but just not quite the same. You have to push, lift, carry, dump. With a pusher, you just push and stack. Sure you can lift the snow with a bucket, but you can only dump / stack so high.

    Not to say that buckets aren't needed as they do have benefits, but for me a pusher is just more productive.

    Also, the dealers may be recommending buckets because the don't sell pushers. Just a thought. :)
  6. jason t.

    jason t. Member
    Messages: 40

    I have a pusher and a bucket, I use both. The pusher is way more effective plowing the actual lot, you are looking at 3-5 8 1/2 v blades full of snow each pass. You can stack higher with a pusher than with a truck, it works very well in fact, it's all the operater in the machine. And yes hitting a crack or manhole with a bucket hurts like h**l! You won't ever forget the feeling of the saft bar hitting your rib cage.

    If you could only have one, go with the pusher, with a trip edge if possible. You won't be unhappy.
  7. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Only the push bar?
    i still have a baseball sized green and yellow bruise right in my gut where I hit a manhole with my bucket on the tractor
    and slammed dead into the spinner on the steering wheel.
    Hurts like hell.:cry:

    A plow for the tractor is next on the list.
  8. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    8' protech will be your best friend.
  9. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    don't listen...... plows all the way. trust me i have all three. get two skid loaders with plows and you'll understand. trust me.
  10. elmo1537

    elmo1537 Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    you only need to get one skid steer with a snow box instead of two with the plows.
  11. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Senior Member
    from idaho
    Messages: 119

    8.5 foot bucket. get the nice metal edge of the bucket,get the snow carrying capacity of the box, you can pick up 3 yards of snow and stack it 10 feet high straight vertical.
  12. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 387

    So you guys like the plows, but yet advise on the bucket but advacate the pusher with trip edges??!!

    I am running 4 3/4 trucks with plows, 2 utitlity tractors with front mount blowers (residential) and 1 skid. I need that skid to be more productive. I don't want to buy another plow for my truck.

    Suggestions are always welcomed!
  13. slade

    slade Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    I had a plow for my bobcat but it was not very productive, so I converted it into to a pusher. The pusher is much more productive then the plow was. However a friend of mine uses a plow for his bobcat and he likes it. His a two speed though and that helps a lot I'm sure.
  14. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    It depends what you are using it for. If your doing a wide open lot use a pusher, if your doing townhomes your small lot use a bucket.:salute:
  15. SLLNorth

    SLLNorth Member
    Messages: 39

    We run8.5ft. plows on three of our skids with snow buckets on site. Epic are you running a skid this season?
  16. GrandScapes

    GrandScapes Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    We have 2 skids with 10 ft pushboxes and they seem to work good. They are very easy to work with...No where near as fast as a loader for ground speed obviously but we like em!!!
  17. Superior L & L

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

    WOW thats a big push box for a skid. What size machines are they?