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184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby Mortgaged » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:39 pm

Hey guys, thought I'd post a couple of pics of my 184 with it's 72" blade for pushing snow this winter. If there's interest, I can post pics and a description of how I went about making it.

We haven't had much snow in Grand Rapids, MI yet, but I did get a chance to push some snow with it around Thanksgiving and the tractor had no problems. The extra blade width is very nice as I can put it on full angle and I'm not running over the snow berm with the rear tire. I would estimate that the total additional weight is approximately 30lbs greater than the standard 54". The top plate is aluminum.

Some of the other mods I've done for snow pushing: 150lbs of Rimguard to each rear tire, 110lb cast wheel weight each tire, plus I borrowed LFE's grooving pattern and cut grooves into my treads. I'll post more pics later.

Let me know what you think?

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby GreaseMnky85 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:12 am

That's pretty sweet looking set up. I was looking at extending my plow also. I have a 185 need to get the tires loaded and put the tire chains on. Haven't gotten enough snow to plow here in HIllsdale MI but I have used it for grading the drive. Looking forward to plowing some snow this winter. More pics and additional info would be great!

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby Smokeycub » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:46 am

Nice job on the adaptation! I'll be anxious to hear (see) how it does with serious snow. It should do alright with all that ballast, although, the Cubs driveline may not be up to the challenge, especially with a set of chains on there. What is the blade off of? It kinda looks like an IH piece.
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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby Kirk-NJ » Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:31 am

Great Job.

110lb cast wheel weight each tire

I don't see the wheel weights am I missing something?

Let us know how it goes pushing snow with those tires.

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby outdoors4evr » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:21 am

I know that I can't get anywhere without chains on turf tires in the winter. The front tires just push too much snow.
Chains of course mandate the 3" wheel spacers. I would like to know if the siping is helpful.
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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby BigBill » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:18 am

You need the 8,3x24 tires with dual rear 150lbs each farmall cub wheel weights. That's and extra 300lbs of weight on each tire besides the tires being loaded. You need my duo- cross tire chains. On the front you need the 400-12" 3 rib tires with dual wheel weights so you have traction on the front wheels for steering.

I been improving as she didn't push snow. The biggest improvement was rear wheel weights and my custom duo-cross ice bar chains.

It still cant match my 55 4x4 jeep tractor plowing deep heavy wet snow.

It's baby steps till you get it right. That's a wide plow for deep snow.

The 8,3x24 turf tires are better for tire chains than AG tires.

I get 2 to 4' of heavy wet snow so failure or testing stuff isn't an option.

Added weight and a mean set of tire chains pushes snow.

I have either pics here of big bills duo-cross chains.
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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby Mortgaged » Mon Jan 05, 2015 5:06 pm

I put this together knowing that it wouldn't do a very good job in the deep heavy snow. 90%+ of the snow we get is in the 4" or less range and it will handle that easily. When it gets deep, I can pull out my 8hp Toro and my modified cub cadet "120" and go to town.

I have the 3" spacers mounted and a good set of chains, but won't put them on unless it gets icy to prevent my drive from getting chewed up. My daughter loves to plow snow, but I don't think she has the concept of not spinning the tires yet!

I've been looking for 8.3 or 9.5 x 24's since I bought the tractor and haven't had any luck yet. At least at a fair price. The wide fronts shouldn't be an issue as I can steer with the brakes? Also, it makes a big difference when you're driving on cleared ground versus the berm from the smaller plow. My 184 is 59" wide at the rear.

We finally got a little snow over the last day so I'll play with it tonight and let you guy's know how it does.

Here's a pic of the weights and I'll add to LFE's original post with my tire siping.

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby fordyford » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:02 pm

Very nice!
Where did you find the 16" wheel weights?
Sure would like to see the build pics.
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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby Mortgaged » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:39 pm

I found the wheel weights in my local tractor junk yard. They definitely weren't made for the 184's, but after some careful measurements I did confirm that they were made for a 16" rim and would fit inside the rims just fine (they're almost a perfect fit). I could not find any stamp or number on either of the weights.

You can find the 72" blade build in this forum. It should be in the search. You will need a donor blade if you follow my method.

One other note, after using the tractor the past 2 seasons, I've gotten the chance to use it in some deep snows at 10+". It worked very well even with the floatation tires and I never got it stuck. I believe the cut tread blocks make a huge difference along with the added weight.

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby Mike H » Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:51 pm

Really nice looking setup.
Ya you guys really get the wet lake effect snow down in Gr off of lake Michigan.

Can you post a picture of the tire grooving on the turf tires.

thank you

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby RiconHoneys154 » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:27 pm

We just purchased a 154 that also has a custom snow blade. It has the 8.3x24 ag tires and we added a set of wheel weights to the rear and put titan tru power ag tires on the front with dual front ih wheel weights. I will try to fugure out how to post pictures. My wife (honey), fell in love with the 154 and would not let me flip it. I now have room in the garage so when we get the lake effect snow she is ready to go. no more paying for a plow guy to do the driveway. the 154 came with a custom extended plow 66 inches, one bottom 3 pt plow and ih 59 inch belly mower.

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Re: 184 with 72" Snow Blade

Postby mastercraft » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:35 pm

nice job.....I run a McKee snolander 320 on my 184 and run chains and for weight I just use a 3 point plow on the back and I built a locking bar to hold it in place, worked well last year in a 3 ft storm


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