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Senior Contributor

Your machinery vs. the snow

How much do you think it costs you to keep snow moved on your farm every winter? Okay, the average winter. A couple of specialists here at Iowa State shared a few tips on how to do it more efficiently, namely keeping engines in good shape and using the right implements. Here's a little more on it.

 

So, what are your snow-moving secrets at your place? 

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Senior Advisor

Re: Your machinery vs. the snow

I use the oldest technique in the book.  The good lord puteth there, the good lord taketh away.

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Re: Your machinery vs. the snow

656 Farmall, with tire chains, and an F-11 loader does the bulk of it around the yard.   Someday, I think I'll get a heat houser for the darn thing, so I don't have to bundle up like a penguin so as not to freeze.   Fortunately, most of our heavy snows come when it isn't bitterly cold.

Last year, I was at a sale, and bought an old Degelman dozer blade, that was mounted to a JD tractor, that caught fire, and burned up.  Got it for about weigh-up iron price, put new hoses on it, rebuilt the cylinders, and home-made mounts to my big tractor (IH 5088).  I got it all together and working, with no leaks, and I plan to use that for opening the long driveways.   Anymore, it seems like we get the heaviest snows around the time we start calving, so I got that, as much for pushing lanes in the calving pasture, so the cows would have a clean place to calve, off the snow.  If it helps save 2 calves, I'll be money ahead, for my total out of pocket expenses.

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Re: Your machinery vs. the snow

I bought a 9030 ford/versatile tractor a couple years ago. It is bi-directional. So we bought a three point snow blower and put it on the "rear" three point . But since it is bi-directional it is now on the "front." No more looking over your shoulder to where you're going. Only drawback is the blower is now closer to the windshield so make sure there is a good windshield wiper!

 

To further justify the additional utility tractor on the farm the 9030 came with a loader and we already had a three point forklift which we had quit using because of the above mentioned neck turning. With the bi-directional the forklift is now on the "front" of the tractor.

 

Our next purchase might be a three point back hoe......

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Usually one of us starts out with the Backhoe and the 12ft push box i built a few years ago and heads in one direction.  I head in another with my truck with a 7'6" v plow.  If they can't handle the task, we switch to the 644 or to the 3pt mounted snow blower mounted on the ac8050.  Sometimes the skid steer is used to clean up.  Mostly my pickup and the backhoe

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