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    home made snow pusher

    I am looking for any ideas on how to fab up a snow pusher for my skid steer.
    I have a large light material bucket all ready and would like to fab up some wings or extension from the sides of the bucket to make it 10' wide and scoop up more snow with it and and take a bigger swath when using it. Any ideas?

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    And maybe I could have Jeff weld it up for

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    Last edited by dayexco; 10-22-2006 at 07:36 PM.
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    What size skid do you have?

    Off hand I think most skids can handle an 8 foot pusher,but a 10? i'm not shure.

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    we have a bunch of protechs 8-12'. 10' models go on only 2500Lb rated machines and larger. 3600lbs rated machines (gehl 7810) get 12' Other wise it get a 8'.
    1999 F-350 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel 9' rugby dump, 9' Western Pro plus w/wings, Swenson under tailgate spreader and central hydraulics
    2003 F-250 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel
    2007 Bri-Mar 18' 12,000
    2000 Bobcat 773GT high flow w/cab(heat), 68" low profile bucket, 42" forks, tilt a tac, 68" 4in1 bucket, 74" snow bucket 8' protec snow pusher
    2000 Kubota B7500 w/cab and alot of attachments
    1972 Bobcat 600M skidloader w/54" tooth bucket

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    It'll be hard without seeing your bucket to come up with a design, atleast on how it would attach to it.

    Would you be willing to make a completely seperate pusher plow for just snow?

    You could start by getting an attachment plate, like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/DIRT-WORKS-SKID-...QQcmdZViewItem

    Then build from that. A curved back would be best, like Dayexco's, but I bet that wasn't cheap to have bent. Those custom curved braces behind are really nice too, but another expense to add. BTW, very nice work Dayexco. You certainly don't need me to build a lift for your pontoon.

    You could make more of a box design with 3/16" or 1/4" flat plate, and maybe just three angles in the back. It wouldn't roll the snow as well, but would be easier/cheaper, and still would push. Something like the pic, with added braces rear and inside.(and two sides )

    Or maybe someone around has a snowplow that has the mounts damaged, and now they'de gotton a new one instead. As long as the actual blade is good you could use that and somehow mount it to the attaching plate like in the link. You could add box ends to it for more capacity too. Maybe someone from LTS with an old one................cheap?

    To me building something out of an old pick-up plow seems like a better idea than the multiple welded plates idea, or motifying your bucket.

    Good luck Jmac.
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    I would just use the bucket you have there is no your going to push snow with a 10'er unless it’s only 2"-3".

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    of course you can push more than 2-3" snows....you just can't take quite as big of a swath when it gets deeper. what it allows us to do with our 544g deere loader is have 10-12 yds of snow in the pile per push instead of the 2.75 yd bucket that came with the machine. we do most of our lots on a "per occurance" basis...the target store with the deere loader with normal bucket, 2 pickups with blades, takes about 3.5-4 hrs....with that big pusher, one pickup/blade, it's done in about hr. and ten mins. on average snow. they're a BIG time saver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dozerboy View Post
    I would just use the bucket you have there is no your going to push snow with a 10'er unless it’s only 2"-3".
    Dude if only you had a clue We had two 8' protechs on a gehl 4635 and a bobcat 773G pushing 8" - 10" at a time last winter. Because we where getting 3-4" an hour for 3 hour straight at one point. They where keeping up. They bascially saved our @$$ on one lot. The trucks couldn't keep up.

    I Live for the winter. A bucket is the most inefficent use of a skidloader when its snowing. Even a 1 yard bucket won't come close to the productiveness of a 8' protech snow pusher. One 8' protech will out plow two pickups with 7.5' plows. Been there proved that.
    1999 F-350 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel 9' rugby dump, 9' Western Pro plus w/wings, Swenson under tailgate spreader and central hydraulics
    2003 F-250 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel
    2007 Bri-Mar 18' 12,000
    2000 Bobcat 773GT high flow w/cab(heat), 68" low profile bucket, 42" forks, tilt a tac, 68" 4in1 bucket, 74" snow bucket 8' protec snow pusher
    2000 Kubota B7500 w/cab and alot of attachments
    1972 Bobcat 600M skidloader w/54" tooth bucket

    bank to say yes, but dealer said no GRRR:
    1998 John Deere 310SE exhoe, 4x4, Cab

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    itsgottobegreen, if you don't mind me asking............about how much are those snow pusher blades going for?

    I've built two skid steer buckets, and after buying the quik-tach plate, cutting edge, plate, having the sides cut, etc., there wasn't much savings really. It cost me about $500 for the materials to build a dirt bucket, and countless hours. If I didn't enjoy doing that kinda stuff there'd be no good reason to do it.

    I was wondering if this wouldn't end up the same way? Unless Jmac want's to do it for the same reason's I do, satisfaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsgottobegreen View Post
    Dude if only you had a clue We had two 8' protechs on a gehl 4635 and a bobcat 773G pushing 8" - 10" at a time last winter. Because we where getting 3-4" an hour for 3 hour straight at one point. They where keeping up. They bascially saved our @$$ on one lot. The trucks couldn't keep up.


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    Protech SP08S SKID PUSHER $2332.00
    1999 F-350 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel 9' rugby dump, 9' Western Pro plus w/wings, Swenson under tailgate spreader and central hydraulics
    2003 F-250 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel
    2007 Bri-Mar 18' 12,000
    2000 Bobcat 773GT high flow w/cab(heat), 68" low profile bucket, 42" forks, tilt a tac, 68" 4in1 bucket, 74" snow bucket 8' protec snow pusher
    2000 Kubota B7500 w/cab and alot of attachments
    1972 Bobcat 600M skidloader w/54" tooth bucket

    bank to say yes, but dealer said no GRRR:
    1998 John Deere 310SE exhoe, 4x4, Cab

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    This is what I am trying to solve. Picked up a parking lot last week that should take me about 5 hours with one truck to do (Boss "v" 8.2 blade). I want to do it faster even though I bill by the hour. I will just charge more per hour if I use something other than Pick up. I own a LS 160 with oversize rubber and steel tracks. I also own a light material bucket. Plan on taking tracks off and buying a 8' snow pusher for $3000 and use that if it saves me time. Or fab something up for my light material bucket if it saves me money. My truck is nice and cumffy and my skid is not so it better save me alot of time. (no radio, no heat, etc,etc.)

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    Here is the question. What are you charging per hour with your truck?
    1999 F-350 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel 9' rugby dump, 9' Western Pro plus w/wings, Swenson under tailgate spreader and central hydraulics
    2003 F-250 xlt ex-cab 4x4 diesel
    2007 Bri-Mar 18' 12,000
    2000 Bobcat 773GT high flow w/cab(heat), 68" low profile bucket, 42" forks, tilt a tac, 68" 4in1 bucket, 74" snow bucket 8' protec snow pusher
    2000 Kubota B7500 w/cab and alot of attachments
    1972 Bobcat 600M skidloader w/54" tooth bucket

    bank to say yes, but dealer said no GRRR:
    1998 John Deere 310SE exhoe, 4x4, Cab

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    whether you charge per occurance, or by the hour, the only thing that's important is how much you net at the end. we personally prefer the per occurance situation. in fact, our seasonal accounts have been the best money makers for us. i'll stop now, this isn't a snow removal forum
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