Re: Power broom, new style
I am looking for a power broom set up for a G-series rider. I thinking of using it to clear snow off a long brick driveway. The brick driveway is still pretty tight, but I'm concerned that a snow blade might chip the brick or catch one and flip it out.
My other concern is running tire chains for traction in the snow. I'm thinking the chains could be hard on the brick driveway just as a snow blade. I've heard of guys installing mud traction tires for use on a Quad and that they work well in the snow. Does anyone have experience with this?
Also, who much traction does a power broom (PB) require to operate? If I'm not pushing snow, and just sweeping it forward, would I need to get front or rear wheel weights to help control the tractor? I've never operated a power broom before, so I don't know what to expect.
I have seen a few PB's for sale, but they have all been for or attached to walk-behind tractors with the Quick-Hitch. I have a front PTO and lift kit for my tractor for my 44 inch snow blower, and I also have a front adapter for using the 4 bolt attachments. If I get a PB from a walk-behind, is it advisable to run it off 4 bolt attachment adapter with a QH spike; or should I keep looking for the rider adapter bracket? Should I consider the older angle broom? Are replacement brushes available for either?
Would my snow blower short connecting drive shaft work or does the PB use one of those double universal joints that seem to cost a fortune when you can find one?
I'm looking to buy with ca$h or trade. I have several tractors and different attachments and spare parts to barter with.
Thanks for any advice,