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Wheels keep spinning with pusher

Discussion in 'Pro-Tech Sno Pushers' started by RLS, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. RLS

    RLS Junior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 21

    Hi. We have a John Deere 544 and use a 14' ITS protech with it. When the box gets roughly 75% full, the loader just starts slipping. There is lots of meat on the tires. Is the box to big for the loader?

  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Do you guys pre-treat your lots before a storm?

  3. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    ^^^sounds like ice, when surface is slippery use less width, when you get good traction the wider the better....operator decision has a lot to do with size of box
  4. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    box is fine, just different conditions effect how it pushes.
  5. RLS

    RLS Junior Member
    from Alberta
    Messages: 21

    No, we don't pre treat. And yeah, there is snow or ice underneath. Just wanted to double check I guess. I find it annoying when the box gets full and then a no go.
  6. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    lift the box slightly off the ground and it should help. While spinning can be a problem, with the right operator it's less of an issue.
  7. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Ditto to what blowerman is saying.

    We've run an 18' on a 544 with few problems.

    Are you using "float" if there is one? Don't, it's stupid advice given by many manufacturers.
  8. Protech Inc.

    Protech Inc. Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    According to our specs the 544 has more than enough weight and horsepower for that IST unit. Surface conditions and types of snow can play a role in how well the prime mover is pushing. I've seen even the largest of loaders slip because of a combination of fresh wet heavy snow, hard pack already on the ground, amount of snow being pushed, and the area not being pre-treated. Everyone has provided great suggestions.