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Jim Thorn    Posted 02-15-2019 at 10:32:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • In have a 1947 9N with a rear 3 pt blade, I have problems when I lower the blade to
    remove snow, the blade starts to dig in to the ground and not just float across the
    across the top of the ground, what am I doing wrong? Thanks!!

    PatrickB    Posted 02-16-2019 at 14:15:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • Jim, I've been running skid shoes on my blade for better than 20 yrs with no problems. I got position control but never use it. You don't mention what kind of surface your plowing. Around here we have access to crushed limestone; #73 w/fines is what everyone uses. When it rains in the fall and freezes in the winter that dust sets up like concrete. No need for wheel weights or loaded tires - just good gripping chains. It's a pleasure to plow. Also I empty a spray can of 'Pam' on the blade every fall.

    Jim    Posted 02-21-2019 at 17:19:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • We use mainly 33C here. doesn't have as much dust as the #73. Overall our winters are moderate with occasional teens or single digit numbers. Sets up really good and last forever.

    K.LaRue-VA    Posted 02-15-2019 at 21:24:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • Using the blade backwards works ok for a little snow or small area, but when plowing deep snow from a long driveway the curve of the blade needs to be used with the top link extended and blade angled to lift and roll snow to the side. With a 9N, unless you've added a position control device, the only way to keep the blade from digging gravel is a set of skid shoes. Even with position control, a set of skid shoes allows just dropping the blade and plowing. No matter which way the blade is turned, the heavy wet snow we often get in central VA will still pick up some gravel, so I try to plow just wide enough to get the cars out. When it melts I scrape the gravel back to the middle of the driveway. I just sprayed my blades with a product that is supposed to help keep snow from sticking, but we haven't had a significant enough snowfall to test that yet.

    Dave H    Posted 02-15-2019 at 15:34:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • Steve explained it well.

    What I do when I am balding the gravel surface is to spin the blade around so you are dragging it backwards. She won't dig then.

    Also if the snow is deep and needs to be pushed of, i (this will cramp your neck) just do the pushing in reverse with the cutting edge of the blade facing forward.

    steve19438    Posted 02-15-2019 at 11:57:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • lower blade on flat surface. adjust top link until lift arms are level.

    steveVa    Posted 02-15-2019 at 10:43:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • If you are plowing in the forward direction, you need to shorten your top link so the top of the blade moves forward and the bottom of the blade moves back. The more you tilt the top forward the less it will dig in. You can also buy skids that are like round disk feet that will slide on the ground, but you will need mounts for them welded on the blade. Easier to tilt mor forward or put chains on it to hold it up. Goodluck.

    Jim Thorn    Posted 02-15-2019 at 19:51:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks guys! Great help!

    GregW    Posted 02-20-2019 at 21:24:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 3 point hitch snow removal problems
  • I almost always plow in reverse with the blade facing forward, We get enough snow that plowing going forward packs the snow from driving over it and the snow builds up against the tires on long runs. My driveway is old blacktop and no flat enough to go forward without digging in bad from a small contact area.
    The downside is tractors have better traction going forward but most of my plowing is downhill.

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