Snowplowing

Facts and knowledgebase about John Deere crawlers
Post Reply
matwyukm
MC crawler
MC crawler
Posts: 8
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:03 pm

Snowplowing

Post by matwyukm » Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:41 pm

Perhaps a dumb question, but has anyone used thier dozer to plow snow? Any problems doing it?

User avatar
Lavoy
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 9878
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:32 pm
Location: North Dakota
Contact:

Re: Snowplowing

Post by Lavoy » Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:27 pm

More times than I can remember.
Lavoy
Parts and restoration for antique and late model John Deere crawlers.
Owner and moderator www.jdcrawlers.com

User avatar
Stan Disbrow
350 crawler
350 crawler
Posts: 2658
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:13 pm
Location: Raleigh, NC

Re: Snowplowing

Post by Stan Disbrow » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:37 am

Hi,

Me, too. The main thing is put the skid shoes on. Keeps the work down in the spring pushing the stone from the snowbanks back onto the road. ;)

Stan
There's No Such Thing As A Cheap Crawler!

Have: '58 JD 420c 5-roller w/62 inside manual blade
Have: '78 JD350C w/6310 outside manual blade
Useta Have: '68 JD350, '51 Terratrac GT-25
Also Have: 1950 M, 2005 x495, 2008 5103 (now known as 5045D)

Jim B
2010 crawler
2010 crawler
Posts: 693
Joined: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:36 am
Location: western Maine

Re: Snowplowing

Post by Jim B » Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:39 am

Crawlers have plowed miles and miles of roads and yards for woods operations. Years ago many towns had crawlers with "Vee" plows and double wings to open their public roads, There are still a few of them around here, but not used now. I use mine for work in our wood lot (making roads for the wheel tractors to the yard) and in the driveway at times to break up ice/hard packed snow and to push the snow banks back rather than beat up on the plow truck. Drawbacks may be a rough ride and you can take a ride if it starts sliding sideways on ice or hard pack.

B Town
1010 crawler
1010 crawler
Posts: 423
Joined: Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:04 pm
Location: Western Iowa

Re: Snowplowing

Post by B Town » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:52 pm

One concern maybe the type of pads you have. I have seen non-snow/ice pads pack enough snow/ice in the chain that it will bind the sprocket or cause the sprocket to skip. Without snow/ice pads or ice chalks, do not get sideways on a slope. The grousers act like ice skates, which is great fun until the track on the lower side hits a frozen object in the ground. I guess the last piece of advise i can offer is to park on wooden boards to avoid track freeze down. Good luck, Bruce

matwyukm
MC crawler
MC crawler
Posts: 8
Joined: Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:03 pm

Re: Snowplowing

Post by matwyukm » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:59 pm

Thanks much. Kinda what I thought. But figured I'd check with the extensive experience here. Planning on just keeping my u.p. Michigan camp open. Pretty level drive.

User avatar
Lavoy
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 9878
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 8:32 pm
Location: North Dakota
Contact:

Re: Snowplowing

Post by Lavoy » Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:27 pm

Plowing snow with one of these is a blast, I'll do it just for fun.
Lavoy
Parts and restoration for antique and late model John Deere crawlers.
Owner and moderator www.jdcrawlers.com

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest