Snow Removal with 450 Plus

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LazyDude

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I just wanted to post, don't see much conversation on Daewoo here. I purchased a new 450 Plus last fall and have nearly 100 hours on it so far. I purchased a 67" toothed bucket and a 96" snow bucket. The 450 Plus rolls at about 7000lbs with about a 1900lb ROC & 65hp. I put chains on all four tires and had a blast this winter moving snow - mountains of it with the 96" bucket. I purchased a set of truck chains (SCC Quik Grip QG3227) instead of expensive skid steer chains. These chains are snug on the 12x16.5 tires but they do fit, are 1/3 the price, and withstood a full winter of use without breaking (I've been using them on my truck for nearly 10 years). I put chains up front as backing up out of ditches without them was nearly impossible. Hope this helps anyone thinking about a Daewoo. Lazy
 
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LazyDude

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Can't say how much fun I had using this Daewoo 450 Plus digging out of our first storm this year. My driveway is nearly 1/2 mile long - took me three hours to dig thru anywhere from 1 - 2 foot of wind blown & packed snow. I was lazy and didn't put on my chain snuggers and threw a rear chain but was lucky enough to find it later. This machine is super efficient on the fuel, makes me think my gage is malfunctioning. Since I was digging out during a ground blizzard, zero degrees outside, I sure would of enjoyed an enclosed cab! Anyways - this thing runs circles around my neighbors kubota, I ended up doing his driveway also. Lazy.
 
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LazyDude

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Can't say how much fun I had using this Daewoo 450 Plus digging out of our first storm this year. My driveway is nearly 1/2 mile long - took me three hours to dig thru anywhere from 1 - 2 foot of wind blown & packed snow. I was lazy and didn't put on my chain snuggers and threw a rear chain but was lucky enough to find it later. This machine is super efficient on the fuel, makes me think my gage is malfunctioning. Since I was digging out during a ground blizzard, zero degrees outside, I sure would of enjoyed an enclosed cab! Anyways - this thing runs circles around my neighbors kubota, I ended up doing his driveway also. Lazy.
It's time to put the snow chains and snow bucket back on since we had our first snowfall already! I bought a 72" grapple bucket this past summer for my Daewoo to help me move all my dead trees taken by the dreaded Pine Beetle. I probably lost nearly 100 trees and wasn't looking forward to moving them around with a log chain anymore. Anyways - I continue to be impressed the the power of this machine - 40-50 foot trees are moved with ease. Moving snow is much funner! Lazy
 

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It's time to put the snow chains and snow bucket back on since we had our first snowfall already! I bought a 72" grapple bucket this past summer for my Daewoo to help me move all my dead trees taken by the dreaded Pine Beetle. I probably lost nearly 100 trees and wasn't looking forward to moving them around with a log chain anymore. Anyways - I continue to be impressed the the power of this machine - 40-50 foot trees are moved with ease. Moving snow is much funner! Lazy
Its amazing just how much power they have!
 

shill74

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Wow, winter comes early where you are.
Can you post us some pics of the Dae, and some snow pics when you get a good blast!
Ken
If you've got a tracked loader, you should check out those Bridgestone polartreads they came out with a couple of years ago. We use 'em and they let you stop sooner and dont spin in the snow and ice, something about the rubber edge being sharp and biting into the ice and snow.
Saw them on ebay pretty cheap, but we buy through an online dealer that we've been using for a couple of years out of Ohio, although I think they have warehouses in various states they ship from, names midwest equipment. Anyway, the tracks are awesome and we have already bought them for all of our CTL's (4) that we use for snow removal each year, they just let you get done about 40% faster b/c of the grip they have and that means less time in one parking lot and more time spent on the next, which means big $$ to me.
They cost about $600 more than a regular track, but once you work out the time savings of 40%, the return on investment is well worth it. If I can clear 40% more snow, faster and paying my crews by the hour and maintaining my CTL's by the hour, I make that extra $600 back pretty quick.
Check 'em out online at Bridgestone's site, or go to the dealer I buy from at http://www.tracksandtires.com They really do make work easier. We still use a couple of skid steers for snow removal as well, when we get really busy, but during the winter those two have great big tires on them that give more ground pressure then knobby work tires. The guys at midwest call 'em safteymasters, or lifemasters, or something that ends "master". Anyway, they look like a truck tire and they work great on snow and ice, maybe not as well as the polar treads, but still, its nice to have options if all you have is a skid steer.
I'll post some pics once the snow hits here, we're still mowing lawns though thank goodness, hopefully the snow wont hit us too soon! Anyone else have some recommendations on how to get more traction during the winter? I'm always looking for something to help me out.
 

MWESALES

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If you've got a tracked loader, you should check out those Bridgestone polartreads they came out with a couple of years ago. We use 'em and they let you stop sooner and dont spin in the snow and ice, something about the rubber edge being sharp and biting into the ice and snow.
Saw them on ebay pretty cheap, but we buy through an online dealer that we've been using for a couple of years out of Ohio, although I think they have warehouses in various states they ship from, names midwest equipment. Anyway, the tracks are awesome and we have already bought them for all of our CTL's (4) that we use for snow removal each year, they just let you get done about 40% faster b/c of the grip they have and that means less time in one parking lot and more time spent on the next, which means big $$ to me.
They cost about $600 more than a regular track, but once you work out the time savings of 40%, the return on investment is well worth it. If I can clear 40% more snow, faster and paying my crews by the hour and maintaining my CTL's by the hour, I make that extra $600 back pretty quick.
Check 'em out online at Bridgestone's site, or go to the dealer I buy from at http://www.tracksandtires.com They really do make work easier. We still use a couple of skid steers for snow removal as well, when we get really busy, but during the winter those two have great big tires on them that give more ground pressure then knobby work tires. The guys at midwest call 'em safteymasters, or lifemasters, or something that ends "master". Anyway, they look like a truck tire and they work great on snow and ice, maybe not as well as the polar treads, but still, its nice to have options if all you have is a skid steer.
I'll post some pics once the snow hits here, we're still mowing lawns though thank goodness, hopefully the snow wont hit us too soon! Anyone else have some recommendations on how to get more traction during the winter? I'm always looking for something to help me out.
Shawn, I appreciate the email about you putting a post here, no problem mentioning our name on a forum, we like people to look at us when they are shopping around.
If people want to see all the info about the Polartread line, they can use the following link to go straight there
http://www.tracksandtires.com/bridgestone-polartread-tracks.html
or call us at 1-877-336-6825, we're always glad to have a chance to talk with new folks. Thanks Jim
 

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