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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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Thanks for the comments guys.

Yeah - I knew the weight would of the blade would lever the back end off, but didn't realize by how much!

Regarding the squeegee material, I tried using a 3/4" extremely stiff interlocking floor material, but foud it to be too stiff for my driveway. Unfortuneately, my blacktop driveway isn't exactly smooth (it's old!), so I needed something softer that would comply with the topography.

I then switched to the tractor supply material. My intention when going to the store was to purchase the stall mat, then I found this other option there. The reason it's so cheap is they sell it by 1' by 4' sections (cut from a roll). It's 5/8" thick and is tough to cut. It seems comparable to the stall mats most MTF users purchase.

The plastic didn't come from Tractor Supply. I think its HDPE, but I'm not sure. Other than tinkering for 45 minutes to mount it, I had nothing to lose. It increase the approach angle of the skids so I haven't damaged the unfrozen lawn. If this plastic doesn't hold up, I have a scrap piece of Starboard. Has anyone tried using Starboard for skids?

For weights, I have some large dumbells (80# & 90# each) that I haven't used in years. My thought is to cut a groove in them with a angle grinder, insert some thin rubbrer to protect the tractor finish, then hang them off the back. It's going to be a tight fit, but should hopefully work. If I still need traction, I'll pursue the chains...

Some basic physics sure came apparent... It's always better to keep the wheel from spinning when trying to get unstuck. I was impressed how well I could control the power to the transmission.

In the end, my wife summed it up when she said, "I don't need to ask you if you had fun!"

Thankfully we received more snow for me to play with, I mean plow today!!!
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No, the 540 doesn't have down pressure, it's gravity to lower. I like you idea of keeping the skids up. I'm going to run that way for a while. I was worried there would be too much drag on the rubber, but the 540 doesn't even notice it....
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