Posted on Dec 10, 2019
Even though it’s warmer than normal right now, if you’re living in the northern tier of the country, a cooler than usual winter is forecasted to be heading your way. From snow blades to sprayers, outfitting your tractor with the right implements and accessories can turn your equipment into a snow tractor that’s fit to rival any storm. There are a few important decisions to make before deciding on which gear is best for you.
First, you’ll want to take into account your current configuration and means of implement attachment. Not all models will have the ability to work with all snow management tools. You’ll also want to consider if there’s any cross functionality between your existing equipment and the snow removal equipment you’d like to add on, and vice versa.
With all these things considered, here are some of the best implements to get your compact tractor geared up for the next change in season.
Starting from the ground up, tire chains make for an excellent addition to your cold weather arsenal. The very same slippery conditions you’re trying to manage against can also become treacherously intolerable if your wheels have nothing to grip onto. Without a way to move your equipment forward, you won’t be able to tackle any snow removal or farm chores. Adding a set of tire chains is a great work around that provides traction so you can keep moving through your winter chore list. Depending on the model, there are front and rear tire options.
If you’re needing a snow moving tool that’s both useful now and in future warmer months, a front blade is a mighty option. This equipment essentially allows you to push snow forward into a snow pile or bank. It’s worth noting that they can typically be angled to the left or right and are limited to a certain weight capacity. If you own a model that’s compatible with more than one clearing width option, take care when choosing between available sizes. For instance, if managing narrower passways now or in the future is important to you, a shorter option may be best suited to your working spaces, even though it will require additional passes in wider areas. You’ll also find that this snow removal equipment can be used in warmer months to move things like dirt and gravel.
Moving a lot of snow up and away at one time is easy work with a snow blower. From sidewalks to roadways, this implement offers a quick and efficient way to manage snowfall on surfaces big and small. Again, depending on your specific model, you’ll find options in front and rear attachment configurations as well as a variety of clearing widths. So, you’ll want to take some of the same considerations we listed for front blades into account here as well. To that end, if you’ve got a lot of ground to cover, a rear mounted snow blower may not be a practical tool since you’ll have to operate your compact tractor in reverse while using it. For this reason, purchasing this type of implement benefits from additional thoughtful planning.
For lighter snow work on paved surfaces, a rotary broom makes for a multipurpose, helpful tool. It can be used in colder months to sweep snow away, and also to manage materials like fallen leaves or pine needles in other seasons. And, because it’s essentially only brushing the surface, when used properly, you’re unlikely to encounter any scraping-related troubles you might unhappily meet with a blade.
This implement may only come to mind during summer months for applying fertilizers and tree sprays, but it can also turn your equipment into a snow tractor during winter months. A colder than usual winter can also result in an icier than usual winter. With that in mind, a sprayer can be used to apply de-icer, quickly and efficiently covering areas that are significantly sized making it great for winter weather management too.
Lastly, though it’s not exactly a type of snow removal equipment, it’s worth exploring any additional cab-related features that may be a good fit for your outfit if you don’t have one already installed. The reason being, a tractor that’s suited up with the best implements will only get so far if the driver isn’t kept in working and warm-enough order.
So, to that end, it’s a good idea to spend some time considering which options are compatible with your tractor and how they might benefit your operation all year round. Looking for more information or need help finding the best tools for your model? Bring in your questions and your specs to your nearest Ag-Pro dealership, where our experts are happy to help.