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Old 08-18-2019   #1
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Default Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

Just about to seriously start my search for a cat 1, 3PH, blower in the 64" - 72" range. Are their any manufacturers that handle a gravel road better then others without throwing stones?

Also, any other techniques other then plowing the first few times with leaving an inch or two behind to freeze up and act as a cushion between the blower and the rocks?

Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2019   #2
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Just about to seriously start my search for a cat 1, 3PH, blower in the 64" - 72" range. Are their any manufacturers that handle a gravel road better then others without throwing stones?

Also, any other techniques other then plowing the first few times with leaving an inch or two behind to freeze up and act as a cushion between the blower and the rocks?

Thanks!
I don't know which company makes it, but the cats meow is the model with large wheels on it instead of shoes, floats right over the gravel.
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Old 08-18-2019   #3
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

Wear shoes on the side boards.

Lift the blower about 1.5" off the surface. Set the top link so the blower scraper bar sits the same height.

After you get a good freeze up, raise the shoes, lower the blower, or just remove the shoes altogether. (Then hope it doesn't thaw ;-)
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Old 08-19-2019   #4
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

I don't use my blower on gravel, but I will say that most blowers I've seen either do not come with skid shoes, or they are so small that they are practically useless. I installed a set of large shoes that are made for a much larger blower. I bolted them to the outside of the housing.


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Old 08-19-2019   #5
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

My blower is an inverted type but my wheel fix would be appropriate for any style. I blow on a lot of gravel and ground.

I use a selector valve to provide a hydraulic circuit to adjust the wheel height but it could be done manually.

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Old 08-19-2019   #6
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

We have an older Allied 50" blower 3pt, cat 1. It is the same blower that goes under a lot of names.

Yes. It is only 50" wide, our tractor is 54" wide, but no big deal. It was a cheap blower.

I set the skid shoes to keep the bottom edge about 1.5" high until there is a frozen solid, well packed base then adjust the skids to 0" high. Yes. It does move a little gravel at times, but not enough to worry about.

Did I mention we got it cheap ??
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Old 08-19-2019   #7
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

The Land Pride blowers have shoes the length of the blower. They have a wide range of height adjustments.
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Old 08-20-2019   #8
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

I moved from suburbia to the country with a gravel driveway and brought a snow blow with me. First snow I figured I'd give it a try and just skim the snow off the top. It doesn't work like that. The gravel sticks to the snow and gets pulled in an creates a hell of a racket. One piece got lodges and bam, then engine stopped in an instant. Didn't break anything, but wow what a noise that thing made.

I sold the snow blower and got a snow plow for my new BX23s. The plow also doesn't work as the driveway is not totally flat. It digs in and pushes as much gravel as snow.

I found the best way is to just use the bucket and back drag the snow drifts off to the side, leaving a few inches of snow on the gravel. Driving on it with both the tractor and my pickup packs the snow into the gravel and really makes a nice solid smooth surface. We don't get a lot of snow every year, but when we do we get a few feet, in which case the snow plow or floating the bucket while going forward should cut it down to a few inches without hitting gravel.

This year, I'm going to try slitting some 6inch PVC and putting it on the bottom of the snow blade to try and get it to float on the gravel. But I'm not expecting it to work. I'll probably sell the snow blade. Its a nice Kubota with hydraulic angle movement.

I considered paving, but owning a tractor and a grader makes the gravel driveway pretty cheap in the way of maintenance costs.
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Old 08-20-2019   #9
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

hmm. I was thinking of getting a 4' section of 'plastic' decking ( Trex) and bolt to the bucket of my BX23S. There's 7 real nice 5/8" holes along the bottom edge. 3 counter sunk bolts should work fine.
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Old 08-21-2019   #10
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Default Re: Suggested snow blowers or techniques for blowing a gravel driveway?

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I moved from suburbia to the country with a gravel driveway and brought a snow blow with me. First snow I figured I'd give it a try and just skim the snow off the top. It doesn't work like that. The gravel sticks to the snow and gets pulled in an creates a hell of a racket. One piece got lodges and bam, then engine stopped in an instant. Didn't break anything, but wow what a noise that thing made.

I sold the snow blower and got a snow plow for my new BX23s. The plow also doesn't work as the driveway is not totally flat. It digs in and pushes as much gravel as snow.

I found the best way is to just use the bucket and back drag the snow drifts off to the side, leaving a few inches of snow on the gravel. Driving on it with both the tractor and my pickup packs the snow into the gravel and really makes a nice solid smooth surface. We don't get a lot of snow every year, but when we do we get a few feet, in which case the snow plow or floating the bucket while going forward should cut it down to a few inches without hitting gravel.

This year, I'm going to try slitting some 6inch PVC and putting it on the bottom of the snow blade to try and get it to float on the gravel. But I'm not expecting it to work. I'll probably sell the snow blade. Its a nice Kubota with hydraulic angle movement.

I considered paving, but owning a tractor and a grader makes the gravel driveway pretty cheap in the way of maintenance costs.
Youve got to work on your driveway so its flat. Find some shoes for the plow so the cutting edge is an inch higher than the driveway.

In Maine we wait to plow gravel driveways until the road or driveway has frozen up then its hard as pavement.
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