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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:47 am    Post subject: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What is the difference between a regular grader type blade and a snow blade. I have a 6' King Kutter blade on the back of my 9N Ford and it works fine for plowing snow, provided it's not too deep. If too deep, it will pile up snow under the tractor. My neighbor won't buy one for plowing snow because King Kutter doesn't sell "snow blades". My understanding between the two is that snow blades have lighter blades & frames than "dirt" blades. Are there other differences?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've never seen a hitch-mounted rear blade advertised or described as strictly a "snow blade".
Blades like this are designed for anything - dirt, gravel, snow, etc. There's a wide range of
classes available from lightweight to very heavy duty but for snow use any would work fine. I
think of a "snow blade" as a front-mounted unit that includes a spring trip function for when you
run into stuff like curbs that are hidden under the snow.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My thoughts, exactly! My neighbor can shop all day for a rear mounted "snow" blade. It doesn't matter what he puts on that Kubota of his if he continues to refuse to put chains on it. I told him that I would not back a rubber tired tractor out of the barn in winter without chains on it---especially if I wanted to do something with it other than get stuck.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have been farming for well over 50 years and don't own any tire chains and don't remember the last time I got stuck in the snow.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-wgm wrote:
(quoted from post at 21:00:50 01/21/1Cool I have been farming for well over 50 years and don't own any tire chains and don't remember the last time I got stuck in the snow.
Does it snow where you live?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:29 am    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here in central Kansas I don't know of anyone who has chains for their tractors. But, I see a lot
of them being used for snow removal, including my own. I've plowed a lot of snow over the years
with my "bare tired" Deere M and 6-ft rear blade. I'm sure chains would make it even better but
that doesn't mean at all that it's useless the way it is. All depends on the conditions. An 8"
snow would be a lot for us and is completely managable without chains but much more than that would
probably give problems.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Brendon-KS wrote:
(quoted from post at 04:29:59 01/22/1Cool Here in central Kansas I don't know of anyone who has chains for their tractors. But, I see a lot
of them being used for snow removal, including my own. I've plowed a lot of snow over the years
with my "bare tired" Deere M and 6-ft rear blade. I'm sure chains would make it even better but
that doesn't mean at all that it's useless the way it is. All depends on the conditions. An 8"
snow would be a lot for us and is completely managable without chains but much more than that would
probably give problems.
There you go---not having to use anything more than a back blade to plow snow says a lot. That's just not much snow. I use a bulldozer with a 44" high bladt to plow my driveway & can have snow spill over the top of it. When I get done plowing with the crawler I clean up with a back blade on my 9N Ford.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have chains for my loader tractor and 99% of the time they hang in the machine shed all year long. Only time I need them is when we have had ice before snow and been doing my mile long drive for 37 years now. I do have a 8.5 wide V plow I built some 25 years ago so I plow what I drive in before the tires hit it but there are places I have to drive where I do not plow and never had problems
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I kinda thought the bow or pitch of blade was the difference..
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would guess that the only thing crucial about the blade angle is that it's positioned so that the snow slides off the side as opposed to stacking up in front of it.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:23 am    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My 2 wheel drive Ford 7700 has fluid in the tires, it walks through snow pretty good, no chains. I take round bales to the cattle on the three
point, it will get hung up with heavy wet snow dragging the transmission but chains don't help for that either.

Paul
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:34 am    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-paul wrote:
(quoted from post at 01:23:45 01/23/1Cool My 2 wheel drive Ford 7700 has fluid in the tires, it walks through snow pretty good, no chains. I take round bales to the cattle on the three
point, it will get hung up with heavy wet snow dragging the transmission but chains don't help for that either.

Paul
I high centered my little crawler one time playing in the woods. That's like setting it on blocks. I had to pull it home with one of my big ones.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is a dirt blade also works good in the snow

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:57 am    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How much snow are you talking about.We had 28" at one time a few years ago and I was able to go thru it and plow it with no chains.Tractors with 38" rear tires did the best
because of the higher clearance.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Dirt Blade vs Snow Blade Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-wgm wrote:
(quoted from post at 21:00:50 01/21/1Cool I have been farming for well over 50 years and don't own any tire chains and don't remember the last time I got stuck in the snow.
I think I've found the answer to plowing snow here in the mountains without chains on the tractor. Now, if I could just find a 25' back blade I'd be in business.
 
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