plowing snow ?????

Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:42 pm

How much snow can you plow without chains, a good heavy wet snow 6'',8'',10'',12''
Iam thinking about buying a plow for my cub and my driveway not the smoothest

Re: plowing snow ?????

Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:58 pm

Gary, I have plowed my 350' drive with about 8" of snow with out chains with a little slippage but no real problems. I don't know what surface you have, but chains are hard on blacktop drives so you want to keep that in mind.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:01 pm

Looks good ,great video thanks barnyard

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:13 am

With patience you can plow a lot of snow. Push slightly to the left, back off an push slightly to the right to get a path. Then nothing says you have to push a full blade width. I plowed for several years without chains but prefer them, have wheelweights. You can also add weight on the drawbar. On the level it does well. On a hill not so well. Resist the temptation to plow downhill if you don't have chains, sooner or later you will get stuck. A frozen piece when hit with an angled blade will throw the front of a cub sidways real quick. I have an asphalt drive and plow with chains, there is no way I could plow without them. My drive is steep enough that I get slippage when icy trying to back uphill. My chains are homemade out of regular link chain so the drive has never been hurt. A welded v link would probably tear it up. Vern

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:26 am

Enjoyed the video Barnyard, Thanks for posting it.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:04 am

I also use chains on my paved driveway. No way to get up the driveway without chains and wheel weights - simple basic fact of winter at least up here. Our snow here can go from light and fluffy to heavy and wet quickly so learning how to plow snow with the Cub can be interesting. Ice is especially worriesome when it freezes into chunks - hitting it with the blade down can be quite jarring and hard on the Cub, the blade and of course you. BTDT :lol: Ice causes slippage even with chains so care should be exercised at all times - plowing is fun but it can lead to unexpected events.

Patience is the key, take small bites at a time. If you have a hydraulically activated blade same applies but you have more options. I plow mostly in 1st and 2nd. 1st for heavy or large amounts as well as the first cut. 2nd is good for most snowfalls. 3rd is kinda nice when the snow is relatively light and I am plowing down to the brook. The snow can really flow off the blade (angled usually to the right) almost to the point of needing a full balaclava or a cab :D I also plow up and down hill when possible. No way I want to back up 600 -800 feet -- way too hard on the neck.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:08 pm

I have weights and no chains on my lo-boy, and an asphalt drive. I angle the blade, and am limited to about 6" of wet, heavy snow. Any more than that, and she starts slipping after 20 feet.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:03 pm

I've not had good luck plowing.
Even with chains.
But, I also didn't have any weight on the rear.
Going to see what I can make up to put on the drawbar.

How much weight would I need?
I would have thought my big fat butt would be a substantial contribution

I am plowing a dirt/stone drive slightly downhill

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:34 pm

Ricky Racer made a great weight for the rearend of his Cub last year, I think. Hopefully he'll read this and post a photo or two for ya, LarryFoster.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:53 pm

Goraidh (Jeff) wrote:Ricky Racer made a great weight for the rearend of his Cub last year, I think. Hopefully he'll read this and post a photo or two for ya, LarryFoster.

Here is the link.

His report after use.


Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:21 pm

I plow both asphalt and concrete without chains on a slight grade. The tractor has one set of rear weights and ag tires.

As others have reported, if you don't get too aggressive, in most cases you will keep moving.

Naturally plowing downhill works best but as someone previously mentioned, occasionly when you try to back up hill, you'll spin out and go nowhere.

Since the cubs didn't feature factory traction sanders, I carry a coffee can of sand on the floor and when I do start to spin, dump a handful overboard on the spinning tire and usually within seconds have traction again.

The sand may not be as effective as a set of chains but it works well as long as you haven't buried yourself and it keeps the scratches off the concrete.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:00 pm

I have never been able to push snow with the Cub, but I have moved a little dirt with it. I prefer weights and liquid ballast.

Re: plowing snow ?????

Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:41 pm

If you are plowing on gravel I suppose it would be alright to go without chains, my driveway is blacktop and has a very small incline, I cannot plow it without chains on, the problem with chains and blacktop is I don't care how easy you try to let out on the clutch the tires spin a little leaving marks on the blacktop.

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Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:36 pm

i have blacktop and don't use chains[I do have them] I can do up to 7 inches[maybe 8] with no problem.My other driveways are gravel so I could use chains on them,,but dont...I have a hand lift and like it best for plowing...The blade gets to "float" better!!! I keep the blade up 1 to 2 inches off the driveway so I'm not digging in..My gravel driveway neighbors like it cause they are not raking the gravel back to the driveway in the spring...Kevin :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :{_}: :{_}: :{_}: :{_}: