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Do you use salt with the sand?


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I would think sand is the best or safest stuff to use. Once you put it down, leave it down until spring. It may give you traction with the tractor as well as walking on it. There is a drawback though. People track it in their cars and your house but at least they won't slip and fall. Better than those chemicals all the shopping centers use. Sand is more environmental friendly.
 

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I prefer to use just sand as I have two dogs that run up and down the driveway. I will use a pet friendly ice melt if theres a build up. Luckily I don't need to use it regularly as I always try to scrape it down as quickly as possible, but sometimes an ice storm comes thru and theres no option. Really for the once or twice I need to I can just use a bucket and a cup to spread it, but the tractor geek in me wants to be able to do it while driving one...LOL!
 

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I do not use any salt.
I wish that along with the liquid chloride they use on the roads wouldn't be used. Just sand it. Maybe salt just the intersections for stopping purposes. It would be so much easier on everything.
 

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Cobbled together a quick and cheap drawbar for my new 3 point. $20 for an old hitch off a Tacoma. She ain't purdy but she'll do. Vertical center post is for stacking rotors for weight when needed.


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Merc, how do you keep the hitch from rotating while stacking the rotors? I looks like you have to have the top link off to add to the pile.


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Merc, how do you keep the hitch from rotating while stacking the rotors? I looks like you have to have the top link off to add to the pile.


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Yes. The ball mount touches the floor and keeps it from rotating back too far.
 

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Finished wiring custom interior overhead panel and added a booster heater for more cabin heat.
...because YES ...I'm a big baby and I don't like to be cold if I don't have to.

Now I am snow blowing comfortably in tee shirt weather temps inside the cab.

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Next Item on the To Do list: Snow Chute Pully Doubling Rotation Mod...

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I have a JD X300 with the famed K46 Tuff Torq transaxle. It's been losing power after running a bit and won't pull a hill with the snow blower on it. So I took out the K46 and will put a K66 in it, plus larger tires. Just now sizing up what I need for mounting plates, reverse controls, etc. to make it work. Here it is swinging from my garage ceiling, which I highly recommend by the way. Easy access.
 

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You probably just blew it for snow for the rest of US. I want pics of you in a tee shirt/shorts/flip flops snow blowing!!!
 

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You probably just blew it for snow for the rest of US. I want pics of you in a tee shirt/shorts/flip flops snow blowing!!!
Hawaiian shirt and shades baby !!! ...Lei and Mai-Tai are optional.
 

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I used my X585 and new CTA plow blade to clear a patch of snow next to the driveway for more space... well, ok, I really just wanted to try out the new hardware.
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Looks great, Steve! How do you like it?

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Looks great, Steve! How do you like it?

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It's more than I hoped for. I was worried that it was going to be too much for the X585 but it looks like they were made for each other. Incredibly heavy duty with great fit and finish. I can't imagine damaging or wearing this thing out. I'm not hoping for more snow, but I won't be upset when I get to really test it out.
 

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Fired up the 332 for the first time since the engine rebuild still have some gremlins to work out of it but it’s getting there.

 

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That blade looks taller than a 54, maybe it’s just the monster cutting edge.

We don’t have any snow down in Sturbridge.


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Steve,

Great looking blade. Is your driveway black top clear out to the road?
 

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That blade looks taller than a 54, maybe it’s just the monster cutting edge.

We don’t have any snow down in Sturbridge.


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The CTA blade is about 24" tall, the deere 54 and 60 are about 18" tall. The cutting edge alone is 6" thick so I guess that is the difference. One problem I foresee is light at night. The blade is so tall I imagine a fairly substantial shadow.
 
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