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First time with X540 & 48" Blade - Suggestions??

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Today was my first time with the x540 and 48" blade. It really worked great on 5+ inches of wet heavy snow. I installed a home made squeegee ($7 strip from Tractor Supply) and that worked wonderfully. I don't have any weight on the back yet but will before the next snowfall. I couldn't believe how light the back end is w/o weight!! I was able to pick up the entire rear end of the tractor while the blade was up!!!

I was tinkering with squeegee length & height between the shoes and black wear bar. Any suggestions? I'm thinking about setting it up so the black metal wear bar is about 1/4" off the ground when the shoes are touching. The squeegee would be compressed. This way I might scrape any hardpack as the squeegee folders down...

I also took an old piece of plastic from work and wrapped it around the skids. The plastic was so stiff that I had to use bolts to tighten it. The width is about 3", which should reduce wear. So far, so good... but time will tell.
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how thick is the material you're using for your squeegee? it should be 3/4". It should hang down approximately 3/4" below the were bar. with the squeegee your skid shoes should be lifted up to the highest position and not even touch the ground. I suspect that the $7 strip that you got from tractor supply is way too flimsy to be used as a squeegee. others have posted on the forum their experience with thinner pieces of rubber or conveyor belt, the consensus seems to be that the horse stall mats are the best way to go. Do a search of the forum for squeegees and you will find pictures of what others have done. The horse stall mat available at tractor supply works very well. one horse stall mat will last you a lifetime.
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