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thad bergh    Posted 11-24-2018 at 21:24:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • plowing snow rear blade tips
  • hi everyone iam new to plowing snow with a rear blade i have plowed with a front blade a garden tractor wondering if you had an tips it will be with a 6ft bison blade

    thanks thad

    stevej    Posted 11-26-2018 at 09:42:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: plowing snow rear blade tips
  • Shorten your top link so the top of the blade is tipped forward as far as possible. It's the idea of spreading butter on bread rather than trying to gouge it off.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 11-26-2018 at 14:08:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Shortening the top link or turning the blade backwards works ok for short driveways, light powder snow, or small amounts of the heavy wet stuff that usually falls in VA. For deep snow on a long driveway I found it works much better to extend my top link so the blade will lift and roll snow off the edge of the drive. Our driveway is fairly level, so I just set the stop on the touch control so the blade stops with the edge about 1" off the driveway. The 2N has a Zane Thang so it also has position control. A set of skid plates might work better. Spraying the blade down with some cheap furniture wax from the Dollar Store helps keep snow from sticking. If you have a heated barn or garage the tractor will start easier, but the blade will be warm. Snow/ice will stick like glue to a nice warm blade that cools while plowing.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-27-2018 at 07:34:30 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The N was designed to be a pulling machine. I have heard of fellas using PAM spray on the blade face to prevent clogging up too. I have never used anything on my Dearborn blade, but think PAM wouldn't last very long. I like furniture wax and maybe even try paraffin -like we did on our sleds as kids.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    TheOldHokie    Posted 11-26-2018 at 17:05:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Agreed. Turning the mould board down will roll snow forwards towards the rear wheels. Deep wet snow has a tendency to pile up in between the blade and rear wheels anyway and turning the plow down just makes it worse. Up and sideways is the desired direction. Accumulations much more than 12" are a fight with a rear blade no matter what you do. That is when you will lear to appreciate the virtues of a front plow ....

    TOH

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 11-27-2018 at 09:40:06 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • True. Thankfully getting 12" or more in one storm is rare for central VA. When we do get a bad storm I start plowing before it gets too deep.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-27-2018 at 11:11:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Nowadays I prefer a Snow Blade on an F-250. Nice, warm, enclosed cab with the oldie C&W radio station on and a Thermos of Hot Coffee at the ready. I use to love my 8N and plowing in winter. I'd do the whole neighborhood. Arthritis now makes it so I get cold hands and feet fast and bad knees make it a chore to keep clutching an braking.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 11-27-2018 at 15:32:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Just about anything is an improvement over this.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-28-2018 at 05:39:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yep, forget about those little garden tractors to move snow with, at least any amount over 3", -they won't. I had a little JD garden tractor when I first moved to my 10 acre parcel, two years before I bought my 8N. I'd start mowing grass on a Friday evening after work and continue on Saturday after work, and then finish up on Sunday. Winter came and though there were chains on it, I couldn't move thru the 4"-6" of snow and vowed to get rid of it in the spring so I did.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dave H    Posted 11-25-2018 at 08:58:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • When I am doing the driveway, I run with the blade turned backwards. It does just fine that way and at the same time the blade does not dig into the crushed rock surface.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-25-2018 at 18:45:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yes, you can also add skid shoes to the bottom of the blade to keep set off the surface a bit so it doesn't ruin your asphalt or gravel.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 11-25-2018 at 05:07:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Are we to assume you have a FORD N-Series Tractor? It matters somewhat because the 9N/2N only had DRAFT CONTROL which makes it difficult to keep an implement at a certain height without the aid of limiter checks chains or a Position Control device such as The Zane Thang. Position Control was added to the 3-pt lift system beginning in July, 1947 on the new 8N Model. It allows the implement to be set a certain height via the touch control lever and will stay there. For some implements, back blades and mowers especially, the use of STABILZER BARS are a huge addition in order to help keep the blade/mower stable in a straight position. When pushing snow in reverse, without them, the blade wants to kick off to one side and makes it battle to get the job done. Likewise when mowing, when making turns, the mower/brush hog will tend to scallop the sod without stabilizer bars. NOTE: There is difference between STABIZER BARS and STAY BARS -to completely different animals so be sure you read your Owner's Manual to know the difference. WE have a document on our HOW-TO's forum (see LINK below) on how to correctly install stabilizer bars on your tractor. If they are nor properly installed, you can and will do major damage to your hydraulic pump and system. This set up works well for me, and I've plowed tons of snow with my N's with and without stabilizer bars. The heavier the load, the more the blade will wants to kick off to one side. They bars help prevent that and keep the blade nice and straight. Stabilizer Bar kits are available at most parts supply houses, www.just8ns.com for one. The important thing is that they get installed correctly. Once the fender brackets are fastened on axle bosses and set, there is no need to remove them and they are good to go for the next implement that requires the stabilizer bars.

    FORD 8N w/STABILIZER BARS & BACK BLADE SETUP:

    Tim Daley(MI)

    thad    Posted 11-25-2018 at 13:31:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Yes it is on a ford 8n thanks for the tip on the stabilizer bars will have to add them to the wish list
    Thanks thad

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