Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

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Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby Dave Downs » Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:13 pm

My Cub has a Woods 59 belly mower and an IH snow plow. Presently just the mower is mounted and works fine. Thinking ahead to snow season has anyone left the mower attached while plowing snow?

The mower deck is about 8” wider than the snow blade, so I know I’m not going to be able to make a nice clean ‘edge’ but since it a bit of a struggle to mount/dismount the mower I could live with that.

I’d chain the mower in the ‘up’ position and the extra weight would be a plus when plowing.

Opinions on this idea?

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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby Bill Hudson » Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:26 pm

I don't recall anyone saying they have used this arrangement, however, that does not preclude someone from having done it. Based on my Cub snow plowing experience over several years, take the mower off, it is worth the struggle. Better yet get another Cub that is your dedicated snow plowing Cub, no impliments to change.
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby ricky racer » Wed Sep 21, 2022 5:58 pm

Will it work with the mower mounted and chained up? Probably, but I'd bet you'd be much happier with it removed....
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby inairam » Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:05 pm

Dave it will be fine until it is not fine. Removing the deck gets any potential problems related to it off the table.

It is another thing in the way or to get damaged while you plow. Eight inches of the overhang is a lot of plowing snow. The feet/ sliders shoes will be up in the air looking for something to hang up on when you back up. If you get into a drift and snow gets under the deck it could take the weight off the wheels and you will be SOL.

I work in zip 19440 and you are a bit north of there. The past few winters have not been bad. Just remember if there is big snow or one is forecast you do not want to be trying to remove the deck in the cold, dark and snow.
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Sep 22, 2022 5:53 am

Won't your tire chains catch the back edge of the mower deck?
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby inairam » Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:04 am

outdoors4evr wrote:Won't your tire chains catch the back edge of the mower deck?


depending on the wheel spacing / and dish of the center
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby Dave Downs » Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:09 am

Seems that leaving the the mower deck on might not be a good idea…

Thanks for the replies.

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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby Urbish » Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:32 am

Or live life on the edge and run the mower while plowing and 'blow' the snow that misses the blade! I think you could get away with securing the deck up out of the way with a chain or something, but am guessing that you'll not be happy with the result (snagging crusty snow banks, high-centering, etc.)
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:07 am

Urbish wrote:Or live life on the edge and run the mower while plowing and 'blow' the snow that misses the blade!

(Heard from the neighbors) Is that some kind of a new fangled snowblower?
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby Jack » Sun Sep 25, 2022 3:08 pm

Get a pair of car rollers to set the mower on. That's how I put mine on and off.
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Sep 25, 2022 3:19 pm

Or two furniture rollers from Harbor Freight.
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Re: Snow plowing with Wood 59 belly mower attached

Postby ntrenn » Fri Sep 30, 2022 10:21 pm

Last winter I didn’t even need the blade, but the year before, I put the plow on the 65 Loboy and left the 59 woods on the tractor. Worked just fine with 4-5 inch snows. Sure beats the heck out of wrestling the 59 off a Loboy. Took all of 10 minutes to install.


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