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Use of Lawn Tractor

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by WC Plowing, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. WC Plowing

    WC Plowing Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have several new residential accounts that require sidewalk removal. Has anyone used a lawn tractor with a plow for this? My main concern is getting it back up the ramps into my pick up and also plowing with the truck with the lawn tractor in the back. Any advice?? Trying to avoid using my walk behind blower for these sidewalks.
  2. dunlaps lawncare

    dunlaps lawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    i have before but never loaded it on a pickup
  3. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    don't use pick up for that.

    Too much work and very danger if it slip on ramp.

    best is invest in small trailer.

    What kind tractor you talk about?
  4. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i have. lawns tractors are a pita. lol
    I stopped using the ramps and just pick up the front of it and put it on the tailgate then pick up the back and push it in the bed of the truck. Only on special circumstances i prefer not loading lawn tractors on a regular basis.
    i never tried the ramps in snow nor would i want to. rather avoid it.;)
  5. WC Plowing

    WC Plowing Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I plan on doing all the driveways with my truck...I have a Sno Way blade on it. But, everyone of course wants their walks done. My 22" snowblower is older and slow, so thought I might put a 42" blade, chains, and weights on my JD 120. Just trying to do these sidewalks faster. Trailering it isn't an option because of the plowing I do. Just wondered if anyone tried loading a small lawn tractor in the snow and also plowing with it in the bed of the truck.
  6. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    Let me put it this way use a trailer if your going to move any pice of small equipment that you cant safetly lift with one or to guys. Trailers are closer to the ground come will alot shallower angle of entry and departure you will thank me the day you see somebody on thenews getting crushd by a quad or large snowblower falling off the ramps.
  7. Woodland

    Woodland Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Try a shovel or a single stage blower.
  8. progressivelawn

    progressivelawn Member
    Messages: 71

    to be hounst with u u should consider a preem a green ride on spreader carrier it hooks right in to ur hich kinda like a motercycle carrier?
  9. hondarecon4435

    hondarecon4435 Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    you shouldnt have a problem with ramps as long as you get some good ones like a tri fold set that has decent gaps in between the cleets so the tractor can get a good bite just make sure the gaps arent to big for the tractor tires to get across. however i dont suggest using a tractor for sidewalks you will be limited to about 10" or less before you lose traction an atv would be much more practical for you or just a new reliable snowblower
  10. capnsac

    capnsac Member
    Messages: 73

    Go with the Toro single stage 2450gtr. These are basically the same as the 3650, has the same amount of horsepower and everything, it's only fault from the 3650 is it can't throw snow an extra foot....ladeeeFRICKINdaaaaaa. Oh, you save about 200-250 over the 3650, depends on your dealer. That extra foot or two must be worth a pretty penny! Just my .02, pun intended.
  11. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    two thing that you may not want to get into
    serious ramps and serious tires
    ramps can be as much as $500 and ATV or tractor style snow tires. We've only dumped the Bobcat skidsteer off the loading ramps once in 14 years (That was exciting enough:yow!:)It would take cleaned metal ramps, good traction, and a skilled operator to load and unload under storm conditions

    In regards to JD's and pick-up trucks We use an F725 with a 47" thrower that ramps up onto a flat deck SRW pick-up. The JD just got new snow tires this October. The ramps are held to the back of the truck with 5/8th's linch pins. You could actually drive down the road with the ramps pinned on and not lose them. They un-pin and ride along side the machine in transit. The JD is strapped to the truck deck with 3000# straps. It doesn't move. This system works for us but does take major effort to set up. On the other hand I end up with a 47" riding snowthrower on a plow truck
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  12. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Get a small trailer it will be much eisier. I have a 4x4 ATV and when it is slick it spins and slides on the ramp.

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,554

    The only thing about trailers is they like to fishtail in the snow. Watch that. Last year I saw a guy take a corner, and the trailer whipped and hit a parked car with a lady in it. Then I had to stick around for a hour cause I witnessed it.

    They have hitch reciever carriers that you can load things on. I bought one to mount to the back of my bobcat to carry around my new blower. They make models that will hold a riding lawn mower and have a ramp also, but you would have to check the measurements ect ect. They are similar to ones used for handicap carts.

    I would agree however that the best option would be a single stage blower.

    I will grab a pic of the hitch carrier I bought in the next day or two . Its pretty sweet.
  14. WC Plowing

    WC Plowing Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks everyone....sounds like a single stage Toro wins!
  15. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    . . . an excellent choicewesport
  16. progressivelawn

    progressivelawn Member
    Messages: 71

    guys you cand hall a snowblower tractor on a perm agreen sprader reciver mount