Plowing with lawn tractor Q

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Old 07-20-08, 02:49 PM
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Plowing with lawn tractor Q

Hello all, I have a 1 acre lawn and a crushed stone driveway. I'm using a walk-behind mower and shoveling the drive, both of which are killing me.

There are a couple Craftsman LT series tractors for sale around here in the $400-600 range. I'm thinking of picking one up, obviously cutting the grass, and buying a plow attachment for the winter.

Is this an effective snow clearing solution? I've been told I can add skids to a plow to prevent it from scraping up the crushed stone, but I haven't actually seen such a product. Any thoughts?
 
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Old 07-20-08, 05:35 PM
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It all depends on how much snow you receive during the year. This last year in Wisconsin, you needed a blower. Those that plowed ran out of space to push the snow or it was too wet to push with a plow on a lawn tractor. With a blower you can get the snow farther away from your driveway and watch which direction the winter winds blow from and blow your snow in the direction that the winds blow or you will make higher drifts which will make you more work.
 
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Old 07-20-08, 06:09 PM
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We get a lot of snow, but I have plenty of room to put it. No worries there. I'm more concerned with operating on a decline and the skids/crushed stone issue.
 
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Old 07-21-08, 06:51 AM
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My trackstar days are long gone with this new knee, 220 and 440 were my specialties. I have a 300 foot drive down a slight grade to the road. When I built here we had a crushed rock drive before we blacktopped it after several years. The first winter I had a 265 Deere with a blade set up about an inch above the rock. Had weights and chains on the unit. Tore the yard some pushing it back from the drive and when the snow was wet the blade did the steering of the tractor. Second year I came on a used blower that fit the 265 Deere. I Set it so it was about an inch above the rock. Work so good that I will never go back to the blade for doing snow. I had five foot drifts this year up near the garages and the blower was the only way I could have moved it. Went to a 345 Deere 10 years ago when I had the knee replaced since the wife had to do the snow and the 345 had a hydralic lift that made it easier for the wife to use and the blower fit up to the 345. I was watching a neighbor with a ATV and blade work all day trying to move the snow the county put in his drive with their plow. Took the blower over and helped him move it in minutes.
 
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Old 07-21-08, 07:35 AM
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If you are looking at LTs instaed of GTs, then I'd recommend a blower as well as it's less stress on the tranny, especially if you get 8" or more snow in a storm. Plowing snow almost always requires a little banging to get thru the end of driveway pile the municiple truck gives you. An LT's tranny isn't as strong as a GT to do that.
 
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