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using snow bucket to plow with??? argument needs settled

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by trqjnky, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Alright, for my use, a box plow isnt the best thing. So i found a 9 ft western adapted for use on a skid. FOR $350!!! It needs an angle cylinder, but no big deal. just to get the skid hookup plate its 120-150, so i think its a screaming deal.

    A buddy of mine says plows on skids would suck. and that a snow bucket is the way to go. i am just failing to see the ability to actually do a parking lot with a bucket? is it possible?

    mostly i just wanted to brag about my good buy. I am now officially ready for snow after replacing the angle cylinder. :redbounce:redbounce:redbounce
  2. viper881

    viper881 Senior Member
    Messages: 477

    Anything is possible just depends how long you want to sit and the cab and move snow around.
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    It all depends on the situation. We have used a skid since 2000, in various applications with a snow bucket for piling & plows for pushing. If it is slippery the skids have a hard time with the plow. Personally I wouldn't plow a lot with a skid unless they are small as they don't get enough speed to windrow effectly. Using the bucket to plow is an accident waiting to happen, catch a manhole of curb, something is getting hurt or broken as there give anywhere. I've gone barreling into piles when stacking with it & found curbs, luckily nothing got broke but the safty bar to you chest hurts like hell.
  4. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    We use several skidsteers with plows ranging from 9-12'. I think either your buddy A) Has never plowed using a skidsteer with plow or B) Can't afford to buy a plow. You got a good deal, run with it.

    The skidsteers we send out always have a bucket with them, in case of deep snow, its helpful for loading docks, or if you need to haul away or stack snow.
  5. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    The bucket is great for really scraping down to pavement. However hitting a manhole or other obstacle really sucks. A pusher or blade has its place as much as a oversized snow bucket
  6. Landcare - Mont

    Landcare - Mont Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Anyone around you making 'bucket extenders'? They hook on the top of the bucket and you can just hook them on or drop them off without even getting out of the machine. They turn your bucket, regular or snow, into a good-sized box plow. Of course, you still have to look out for curbs and manholes. Kind of like this one but a bit smaller for a skidsteer, I guess.

  7. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    Buckets and plows each have their place. My skid goes out with a blade but the bucket is available if needed. My operator got really good at stacking with the blade last year and we rarely need the bucket on most jobs.

    Usually the only time he hooks onto the bucket is for cleaning out a couple loading docks if they get drifted in.

    You may want to keep a welder handy for the first few trips with your new blade. Mine needed to be repaired a couple times before we finally got it braced correctly.