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Old 12-07-2008, 06:42 PM   post #1 of 28
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Question X540 with 48" Blade for snow

Got the green light for a X540 but can't afford the blower now, what a great wife hay. Anyway, how much weight do I need for the back of the tractor for pushing snow with HDAP tires and do I need chains as well. I live in S.E. Wisconsin so snow does seem to come often.


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Old 12-07-2008, 07:40 PM   post #2 of 28
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That is great news on the approval "green light." It is always better if mama is in agreement. That way she want lock the door on you when you are out pushing snow! Welcome to MTF and I would look into some chains because of all the snow you get. Is your drive on a slope? You do have traction control on the X540, so if you have flat terrain you may get by with out the chains if the snow is not too deep. Personally... I would rather have the chains and not have to worry about it.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:04 PM   post #3 of 28
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Default Re: X540 with 48" Blade for snow

i agree if not chains then at leas an agressive tire turfs are not good on snow
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:17 PM   post #4 of 28
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Default Re: X540 with 48" Blade for snow

Congrats on the new ride.
I'm from SE Wisconsin too.

I do not have chains. But I do have a blower and a 749, so its 4 wheel drive all the time. I have blown snow 4 times now and have not got stuck once. That includes going down a hill to my burning barrel on grass about 100' away from the back of the house. Also going through a lot of drifts, my property is really windy.

However those HDAP tires are really sweet and get really good traction. I have not had to lock up the rear end yet either, even with all of that wet heavy stuff we had Monday morning of last week.

I also run 6 suitcase weights and have the cab too so that is some more weight also.

My advice is try with out chains and if you need them go buy them. Or buy them right away and not put them on and see what happens. If you need them you can put them on, but if not see if your dealer will take them back.

IMO, I would really see what you can do to get a blower. You will not be disappointed.

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Old 12-07-2008, 09:25 PM   post #5 of 28
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Default Re: X540 with 48" Blade for snow

My brand new 540 is coming tomorrow with a 54" deck and a snow blower attached to the front. I have a very long and steep driveway over 300' long. I have the chains coming because when your stuck is a lousy time to run to the Deere store for chains.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:48 PM   post #6 of 28
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Man-- just looked at the Kubota GR2110 WOW is that tempting.
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Old 12-07-2008, 09:54 PM   post #7 of 28
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Default Re: X540 with 48" Blade for snow

I echo the above, stuck is stuck and very unhandy! My GX is probably around the same weight and chains are essential for any snow over 4" on my rounds. Some jobs require all the snow to be pushed to one side and heavy stuff piles pretty quick. Backing up, especially with a blower/plow raised will reduce your traction LOTS. There's always some snow left after a plow and it gets slippery quick running over it on pavement. Unless your jobs are dead flat go chains absolutely AND weight.

Lock in the rear axle for more control when blade's angled BEFORE wheel slippage starts. Don't hit the pedal when the wheels are spinning, bad for transmission... I envy that "new tractor smell"!
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:09 AM   post #8 of 28
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Man-- just looked at the Kubota GR2110 WOW is that tempting.
One think to check on if it is important to you.

The X540 has hydraukic raise and lower for the blade. At least my 355 did and I think that is the X500 series now.

When I looked at the GR's a few years back they were manual raise and lower.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:21 AM   post #9 of 28
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Harold I throw and don't push but I'll only spin if I can't remove the snow close to the pavement-which is almost never an issue so far. The only other time I had a minor traction issue is if it's slushy and cakes the treads of my turf tires. Do you find it necessary to run chains with your thrower? I really don't like chains after I saw what they do to paved surfaces.
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One think to check on if it is important to you.

The X540 has hydraukic raise and lower for the blade. At least my 355 did and I think that is the X500 series now.

When I looked at the GR's a few years back they were manual raise and lower.
The X500/X520 are foot operated mechanical lift with manual steering and the X540 is Hyd lift and power steering as well. The GR2110 has all that and 4wd as well. It is quite the nice machine but I wonder when looking at the specs just how close in $$$ you are getting to an X7xx machine.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:58 PM   post #11 of 28
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[QUOTE=JDGX335Bill;548471]Harold I throw and don't push but I'll only spin if I can't remove the snow close to the pavement-which is almost never an issue so far. The only other time I had a minor traction issue is if it's slushy and cakes the treads of my turf tires. Do you find it necessary to run chains with your thrower? I really don't like chains after I saw what they do to paved surfaces.[/QUOTE]

Here's a couple of shots of my driveway showing the hill. Since I had the driveway "painted" I can't get enough traction going up to plow/blow snow no matter what the conditions. If I stop on the grade going up and try to start again Johnny sits there and spins (Need another case or 2 of Oreos!)

Also across the street I do 2 neigbors who have downhill sections just off the road. I have to clear one about 1 car length deep and back up and so on until they can get the cars out for me to finish. No way I can get traction to back out of there with the attachments raised and no room in front of the first car to turn around. I've told all my "customers" the situation and they made the plow/no plow/scratches decisions themselves. I plow, they sit inside warm and dis-shoveled.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:06 PM   post #12 of 28
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How does this price look to you guys. This is from a local dealer.

X540 54 Deck HDAP Tires $6800

48 Blade $739.00

Angle Kit $230.00

4 Weights $180.00

Set-Up & Del $100

Halogen Headlight Kit $ 51

Total $8100

Tax $413.31

Total $8513.10
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:30 PM   post #14 of 28
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What is the price difference if you get a blower instead of the plow and the angling kit??

Just wondering...
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:42 PM   post #15 of 28
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$9280 with a 47" blower
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