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I've got a 743 Bobcat, and am looking to either purchase a larger snow bucket, or blade for it. Besides price, what are some pros and cons of each?
 

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Large snow bucket- good for stacking, removal or loading. That's about all I can see that I would use it for.

Plow blade- good for windrowing, back dragging, stacking.


I guess it just depends on what you want out of your machine. Maybe have both implements on site to switch out to meet your needs.
 

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I don't have any experience plowing with a skidsteer, but I'll suggest something I've seen anyway.

Would a Pusher be out of the question? I would think that would be a good time-saving addition to the Bobcat. I don't know much about the Bobcat line, or whether it would have the power to push, say, a 10 footer.
 

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I think the pusher is the way to go,

for the 743 I think the 10 foot is the absolute Maximum width you can go. But that might even be too wide in a heavy wet snow.
 

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I have a 75 XT skidsteer, with a FFC 8'-0" blade and 1 yard snow bucket.

The snowbucket is good for clean ups and loading.
The plow is OK for plowing conditions, but their is very little windrow action due to the speed limitations of the skidsteer.

After all I have read and heared about the pusher boxes, I would recomend the following.

Try the Blizzard out - this way you have a two in one purchase! Its a pusher box, its a plow and more! If I was to purchase a blizzard plow, it would be for my skidsteer, first.

Just my opinion.

Chuck B.
 

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A pusher or plow is much more efficient for plowing,and can still be used somewhat for stacking.Then switch back to the bucket if you need it for anything else.
 

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I think if you put a blizzard blade on there like JD plower it would be very productive.Reason being is that you can turn on a dime and push to the side faster and have less clean up from snow coming around the edges of a pusher.
 

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Check into a Blizzard 8611. Jack Laresee has one on his skidsteer parked in front of his place. Ill try to snap a pic on Friday for you.


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What I have been thinking of getting was a 7 ft plow,and just welding a cutting edge on my 5ft tooth bucket and using that for stacking. There is nobody in my area that uses blades, all you see is snow buckets.

What if you get a wet snowfall, would a plow, when angled, not push the machine to the side?
 

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I/d love to get a blizzard plow, but there are no dealers anywhere close to here, and I'd be concerned about how long parts would take to get if I was in a pinch.:(
 

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If you are using that skidder for mostly stacking or loading purposes, then the snow bucket is a good investment. If you will be using more for snow clearing ops, then you want to get the plow or pusher. And as you've seen already there are many options for that. Good luck.
 

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hey Guys,

I use a 50 8n with a meyers manual angle plow in the loader bucket, most times it works well, but heavy wet snow can be a problem pushing the tractor to the side as mentioned above. Also windrowing is difficult due to the speed I start the year plowing wide and make indents in the banks when I have to. The plow is mounted with 2 pins in a bracket bolted to the bucket so when I need to stack the snow I just pull the pins out anduse the bucket then its 30 seconds and back to the plow. My biggest problem with the setup is I found I have to run 800lbs of weight in the 3PH to offset the loader and plow weight

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I/d love to get a blizzard plow, but there are no dealers anywhere close to here, and I'd be concerned about how long parts would take to get if I was in a pinch.
If you think about it, you'd be in less trouble if you were waiting for parts for the plow on your skid steer than you would if it were mounted on your truck. Once the plow quits working, the truck is pretty well useless too. With a skid steer you could at least switch to the bucket and keep on working. The risk of a breakdown might not be worth it for a truck mounted plow, but might be acceptable for a skidsteer mounted one.
 

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This my Kubota GL3600. I have a skid steer adapter on it. I bought a blank plate and made a plow frame on it as well as mounting an old reciever tube to it. I bought a used meyers 7 1/2' blade to use on it. The hyd. amgle is run via hose with skid steer flat face couplers from the rear remotes. I can chage back to the bucket in a matter of minutes. I have $350 invested in the plow and plate. It windrows well. On the back is a 5' arps grader blade. I have stacked snow with this set up 14' high.
 

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I vote pusher, with a bucket your pushing less snow, for a storter distance.
 

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I would get a 8 or 10 foot pusher.I would say get a blizzard but since you have no dealer support thats not an option.
 

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I vote for the pusher too... The bucket IS great for stacking high, but those pushers work magic! I wouldn't trade those pushers for a regular plow on my skidsteer. The pushers eliminate the windrow lines (if done properly.) :D
 
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