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JinMichigan
Oct 27 , 2008
works surprisingly well
I purchased the blade back in 2004, so it has seen 4 winters now and has worked surprisingly well. I remember it being a Saturday afternoon project installing it...no problems. I have the 25 horse hydrostatic drive tractor which is slow in reverse, so that slows things down a bit, but in snow up to 6" or so it works great. I've spent well over 2 hours cleaning my driveway out (long drive that branches off) on several occasions when there's been 2-3 ft. drifts and it's gotten the job done if you just wittle away at it. Last winter I put a rubber strip on the bottom of the blade sandwiched between the replacable piece and blade to help protect my concrete drive from skid marks from the shoes and wearing out the shoes so much...worked well. Near the end of last winter was the first time I had to replace any parts on the blade besides shoes. The spring broke for the angle adjustment lever. Well, I got to looking and saw that the pivot was worn and the adustment plate was riding against the spring. So, just this week in preparation for this winter, I removed the bolt and added a stack of washers in the big empty gap at the pivot to take up the slop/slack in the pivot...we'll see how it works. Long story short...the blade has worked surprisingly well and has been quite durable considering the abuse it has gotten. Oh yeah...since I didn't want to tear up my concrete drive with tire chains, I just added wheel weights and installed my 3 bin bagger with 50 lbs. of sand in each bin for added traction...works well.
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House1275
Dec 17 , 2008
Good Blade with design flaw
As others have mentioned in their reviews, the blade performs well for the most part. It can push a full blade worth of fluffy snow, only a half blade worth of heavy wet snow. What keeps me from rating this a 4 is the design flaw in the lift mechanism that others have mentioned. It's not so much a design flaw as something you should be aware of. Do not raise blade if there is any resistance. If you have just pushed snow into a pile, back out before lifing. Part number 29 from your instructions will snap at the two small weld points connecting the flat plate with the round bar of the lift assembly. Mine held out for just over two years, just long enough for it to no longer be covered by warranty. Besides that, with some occassional fine tuning the blade has performed well.
 

tick198

North East, MD

Mar 23 , 2014
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should have bought 5 years ago

I wish I bought this blade when I bought my tractor. For the money it does quite well.I have a gravel lane and paved driveway. I considered getting the tractor mount blower, but have heard horror stories of gravel destroying more than shear pins so i got the plow. So far it has exceeded my expectations on gravel and done okay on pavement. Wheel weights and chains are a must, but with them the tractor can push a large pile of snow on gravel,while dancing a bit on pavement. Allow 3-4 hours to install, not difficult just time consuming, and enjoy not worrying every time it snows more than 4 inches.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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reflex

Uniontown, PA

Feb 16 , 2014
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GREAT PLOW

Get wheel weights and chains and it works great


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whatthedileo

Milford, MI

Jan 22 , 2014
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Two separate control handles make this plow ideal

I have spent hundreds of hours on tractors, and this 16" snow plow is the best I've used since my old 14hp industrial Murray, which utilized the OEM mower deck lever to adjust plow height. I've had qty(2) smaller Craftsman lawn tractor/plow setups prior to stepping up to this garden tractor. Despite the picture, this plow has two separate handles - one controls the angle/pivot. The other controls the height: Down (operational) / Up (stowed). This is a welcomed change from the all-in-one design of other models, which end up so worn out after a season that the assembly is loose and difficult to actuate. I'm not a fan of the assembly process, which indeed takes three hours. It is not difficult at all, just very tedious. Some of the bolts are very difficult to install without a socket (I only had open-ended wrenches, which I'm sure increased my installation time). They use five types of bolts on this plow, some of which are only 1/4" difference in size, so it is very difficult to figure out which bolt/nut is used in different portions of the process - I ended up double-checking every bolt against the included 'actual size' chart as I proceeded thru assembly. I believe this plow could move more snow if I used real chains, instead of the 'Terra-Grip' chains I have installed. There is a sheet of ice on the driveway right now, which really demands an aggressive toothed chain.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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MacManCT

Manchester, CT

Jan 21 , 2014
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expected better quality for the price

When it is in one piece it performs very well. Easy to raise and pivot from tractor seat and fairly easy to disconnect. The biggest problem is the second time I used it the weld on the blade lift broke and the hole for the roll pin had stretched. I chose to fix it myself and has been fine since but if you plan on buying make sure you have a good welder as the welds and steel quality are low


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skiplemieux

Auburn, MA

Dec 22 , 2013
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dozer plow

have had nothing but problems after the 1st year, useing 2 blades a year,angle lock bars bend after 1 season,pivot plate groves round out after 1 year, blade ,pivot plate.wear plate,made of cheap metal,I go threw 2 wear plates a season, 4 angle lock bars a season,now lift bar weld broke, I have spent more money on parts than the cost of the whole plow ! stuck with it due too tractor i own .nothing else fits


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Tim.Miser

Renton, WA

Feb 24 , 2013
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I use it for dirt

I didn't see a lot of reviews here on how well it works in dirt so I wasn't sure what to expect. I've discovered the key to successfully using this in dirt, even heavy dirt is all about pushing power and traction. I've got the GT6000 garden tractor with the optional wheel weights, rear hitch weight, and chains and I was surprised at how well it worked. When the blade hits a root or deeply embedded rock it will flex 90 degrees flat using the blade springs it is designed to engage so parts don't break or bend. Getting it to dig into heavy/hard packed ground requires some patience. It does not have the weight and traction of a bobcat so you have to skim off a little at a time. If traction is an issue, you may need to back up and use a bit of momentum to accomplish the task. I also have a tow behind rototiller to break up sod and loosen hardpack and this works well to level it out.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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antoniomontana

South Lyon, MI

Feb 20 , 2013
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Not good for heavy or deep snow

Easy to put together, but even with weights and chains does not do the job. If the snow is deep or heavy or you have a long way to push, you will get stuck. I would not buy. I give it 2 stars instead of 1 because it is well built, and easy to put together but just does not do the heavy job.


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jar19800

Wichita, KS

Dec 27 , 2012
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great blade!

not much i would change, assembly instructions could be better. had no snow but works great for pushing over gopher hills and in the garden moving dirt, mulch, compost ect. traction with tractor being limiting factor. mounted to 2011 GT6000 hydro. added AG tires in filled with RV antifreeze helps also

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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snowking95

Dubuque, IA

Nov 23 , 2012
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Garden Tractor Snow Blade

High quality construction, instructions were complete, this product works great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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coniferstan

Conifer, CO

Nov 7 , 2012
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Dozer Blade

Although it took a couple hours to put together it wasn't all that bad. the instructions were clear and concise. The only real negative feature I found was the blade lift handle. I have an older tractor and I have to push it almost to the foot plate to get it to lock in the up position. I'm not sure if that is how it works on the newer tractors but on my it's a real pain. I also was missing a couple of parts but a quick call to the manufacture list on the front of the instruction took care of that.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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forstonc

Bloomington, IN

Jan 12 , 2012
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Sturdy enough to push snow+

I primarily bought this to push snow this winter. I also purchased the 55# wheel weights for the back wheels, and I already had the tire chains. I installed it all this past weekend and was quite pleased. It took a good 3 hours to install, since the blade had to be completely assembled to the mounting bracket and all of the levers and everything, but the instructions were fairly simple to follow, and I would rate it about a 2 out 5 on a difficulty scale to install. I didn't have any snow fall yet so I thought I would try it out on some dirt. I was surprised to see that the blade was actually able to skim the top of packed soil, and no damage at all to the blade. I also ran it into a hidden stump as well, and couldn't believe it, no damage. I don't expect it to do much in the way of grading work since my tractor probably doesn't have the weight or power to push much dirt, but I think the blade will hold up to whatever my 26HP garden tractor will put it through. The angle arm takes a little bit to get used to in order to maneuver the blade into the right angle, but the lifting arm is no problem at all. The levers are easy to activate will very little effort. I have no complaints yet with this item.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RichieB9280

Londonderry, NH

Oct 24 , 2011
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Works great if you have chains on your tires!

I bought my tractor with two tasks in mind:

1) Cut Grass in spring & summer.

2) Clean snow from my driveway in winter.

I wasn't too happy with the tractor's snow cleaning performance without the tire chains, I was beating the tractor to death to move 4 inches of snow which in NH isn't a lot.

I picked up the tire chains and It works great! I have the 24hp v-twin motor on the 2010 YTS4000 model.  With the chains the tractor does an excellent job of moving as much as 8-10 inches of snow.  I'm a medium sized man (220 lbs) and I do not own the wheel weights.  This winter I intend on removing the mowing deck before the white stuff starts to fall as it got in the way last year.  Like everything there is some trial and error but I was very impressed with the tractor's overall performance.  Good job Sears!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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LarryShear

London, KY

May 31 , 2011
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Not a Grader

For general clean up its great. As a grader your better off just to rent one. The blade bounces over the ground. However, I'm thinking about setting up an eletric lift kit to put some downward pressure on it. I use it alot in the fall to clear fallen branches and heavy piles of leaves.. For gravel work, no can do.


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Jun 10 , 2010
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Craftsman Garden tractor Snow & Dozer Blades can be a big help

I have a couple of older versions of these I use on my garden tractors.  The type I have attach to the front of the tractor and about halfway underneath where the lift linkage is.  I use them to push tree tops into burn piles after cutting down trees, grading loose soil, pushing the shavings back into stump holes after grinding, and snow if it ever falls deep enough.  I don't like the way they bounce out of the hooks at the front of the frame.  It's cheaper to rent a skid steer.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RUGAME

Buffalo, MN

Mar 9 , 2010
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use a shovel instead

I don't know why Sears makes it so difficult to go from plow to snow blower to mower and back. Each attachment makes it a long and complicated process to do. The blade is hard to keep lifting and lowering, as well as swinging from side to side. I've had to replace multiple shear pins and mounting bolts that either break or come loose and fall off during use. The mechanism that locks the blade in one of three positions I've had to remove at least three times this winter to hammer straight again as the two plates bend easily. The spring on it has broken and needed to be replaced with one that didn't rub against the other parts enough to wear clean through. The skid shoes wear out every winter also. I still have to use a bungee cord to hold the engine lid down so everytime I hit the snow it doesn't go flying forward, There should be a latch mechanism for that.


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WB234

Phelan, CA

Mar 1 , 2010
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16" high Dozer blade, good but I modified mine.

I bought dozer blade when I bought my GS6500 garden tractor, when I first tried it I found out my nerve damaged right arm could not operate the blade lift. I decided to motorize the lift with a 12 volt linear actuator and had a strong steel mount welded up to the original mount, I found a place that sells 500 lb. lift linear actuators and now it works great. The blade has held up great and the GS6500 tractor seems to be able to push the blade really well.

 W.B. California

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Stilwell01

Thompson, CT

Dec 26 , 2009
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Poor Assembly by Sears

I purchased this blade with a new garden tractor earlier this year for plowing snow. It came fully assembled by Sears and attached to the tractor. During the first two snow storms, various pieces literally fell off, making it a little hard to use. Pieces that came off included hitch pins (or hair-cotter pins as Sears describes them), washers, clevis pins, and bolts. The loss of one hitch pin allowed the blade to slide off the pivot plate (tough to get back on); loss of another caused one lift link to separate from the plow, causing the plow to come off of the frame shoulder bolt on that side. The shoulder bolts on each side were missing the required spacers; this prevented the plow from lying flat on the driveway and put unnecessary strain on the shoulder bolt.

All of this despite giving everything a general inspection after receipt and before each use. A further comparison against the owner's manual showed numerous deficiencies and missing parts, as if the assembler were in a rush or was simply ill-trained for the job. I have spent $20+ on new hitch pins, one clevis pin, several bolts, and numerous washers, and several hours putting everything back in place. Almost every hitch pin was replaced as they were bend wide open, probably for ease of assembly, making it easy for them to fall off.

Since I've fixed everything, this plow is working well. I would advise anyone getting this plow, though, to go through the owner's manual carefully and make sure everything is assembled the way it should be.


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Zman07

, Rhode Island

Mar 21 , 2009
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Lawn tractor snow plow

I was skeptical at first about a snow plow on my 24hp lawn tractor. The price was right and I decided to try it. That was two years ago. Through two snow seasons it performed well. There are limitations: to plow quickly and efficiently, no more than 6" powder or 4" wet (you may have to plow several times during a heavy snowstorm). I have a descending 400' gravel drive and it did the job well down hill. My 24hp tractor is at the limit for this type of application. It will probably do better on a level asphalt drive (on my drive, you can't help to increase the weight you're pushing because you're pushing gravel also). The only thing that broke was a retaining spring but I figure I was getting impatient and pushing it to its limit. You absolutely need the tire chains and at least 30lb weights on each wheel. This will do the job but don't confuse this with a snow blade on a pickup truck.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Zman07

, Rhode Island

Mar 21 , 2009
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Lawn tractor snow plow

I was skeptical at first about a snow plow on my 24hp lawn tractor. The price was right and I decided to try it. That was two years ago. Through two snow seasons it performed well. There are limitations: to plow quickly and efficiently, no more than 6" powder or 4" wet (you may have to plow several times during a heavy snowstorm). I have a descending 400' gravel drive and it did the job well down hill. My 24hp tractor is at the limit for this type of application. It will probably do better on a level asphalt drive (on my drive, you can't help to increase the weight you're pushing because you're pushing gravel also). The only thing that broke was a retaining spring but I figure I was getting impatient and pushing it to its limit. You absolutely need the tire chains and at least 30lb weights on each wheel. This will do the job but don't confuse this with a snow blade on a pickup truck.


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FHPSJ

Nowy Targ, POLAND

Mar 19 , 2009
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4 stars

Dozer do its job goob but several parts should be redesing. 1. ANGLE LOCK BAR. This bar should be made from one piece of metal. This bar is not strong enough. (number 17 in manual). 2. Lift triger screw will cut your hand when you have to lift blade often. 3. Set should included two scraper bar. One steel and one steel with rabber edge.

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House1275

, Unknown

Dec 17 , 2008
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Good Blade with design flaw

As others have mentioned in their reviews, the blade performs well for the most part. It can push a full blade worth of fluffy snow, only a half blade worth of heavy wet snow. What keeps me from rating this a 4 is the design flaw in the lift mechanism that others have mentioned. It's not so much a design flaw as something you should be aware of. Do not raise blade if there is any resistance. If you have just pushed snow into a pile, back out before lifing. Part number 29 from your instructions will snap at the two small weld points connecting the flat plate with the round bar of the lift assembly. Mine held out for just over two years, just long enough for it to no longer be covered by warranty. Besides that, with some occassional fine tuning the blade has performed well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jack0595

, IL

Dec 15 , 2008
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Dozer Blade

I purchased this tractor and blade last year ! and we had alot of snow through the winter. I have a long driveway and some of the snows were deep and heavy. The Blade did just fine except my arm got tired with the constant lifting. So I put a weight on the right lifting arm up by the grip. It was a 10lb steel weight about 18"long and 2"thick, it follows (below the pipe ) the length of the pipe or handle, and it was easy to attach with the weight having about a 3/8" opening at each end. I attached it with a couple of black cable ties at each end. So it would not slide down the pipe I ran a ring around the pipe with black electrical tape, at the top , this keeps the weight up high by the grip and has a greater push down when you raise the blade. I did not drill any holes in the pipe as this would weaken the pipe . I painted the weight black and it blends right in with the lifting arm. I'm not suggesting anyone do this and if you do its at your own risk , but what a difference it made for me as my arm dosnt get as tired as it did before.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jack0595

, IL

Dec 15 , 2008
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Dozer Blade

I purchased this tractor and blade last year ! and we had alot of snow through the winter. I have a long driveway and some of the snows were deep and heavy. The Blade did just fine except my arm got tired with the constant lifting. So I put a weight on the right lifting arm up by the grip. It was a 10lb steel weight about 18"long and 2"thick, it follows (below the pipe ) the length of the pipe or handle, and it was easy to attach with the weight having about a 3/8" opening at each end. I attached it with a couple of black cable ties at each end. So it would not slide down the pipe I ran a ring around the pipe with black electrical tape, at the top , this keeps the weight up high by the grip and has a greater push down when you raise the blade. I did not drill any holes in the pipe as this would weaken the pipe . I painted the weight black and it blends right in with the lifting arm. I'm not suggesting anyone do this and if you do its at your own risk , but what a difference it made for me as my arm dosnt get as tired as it did before.


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SandearRanch

Neenach, CA

Dec 6 , 2008
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16 inch snow/dozer blade

I purchased blade August 2008 to backfill/grade sand around new construction (house, garage, barn) and to grade 100' X 170' horse arena. I use the blade on my 6500 w/26hp, auto trans, ag tires. I can push push 3/4 blade of sand without chains or wheel weights by mounting my box scraper as a counter-weight. The third time I used the blade, the lift assembly (thin plate welded to round stock) bent and it was no longer usable. Called Sears for repair and have already received new part free of charge. I plan to reinforce this one before installing.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JinMichigan

Jonesville, MI

Oct 27 , 2008
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works surprisingly well

I purchased the blade back in 2004, so it has seen 4 winters now and has worked surprisingly well. I remember it being a Saturday afternoon project installing it...no problems. I have the 25 horse hydrostatic drive tractor which is slow in reverse, so that slows things down a bit, but in snow up to 6" or so it works great. I've spent well over 2 hours cleaning my driveway out (long drive that branches off) on several occasions when there's been 2-3 ft. drifts and it's gotten the job done if you just wittle away at it. Last winter I put a rubber strip on the bottom of the blade sandwiched between the replacable piece and blade to help protect my concrete drive from skid marks from the shoes and wearing out the shoes so much...worked well. Near the end of last winter was the first time I had to replace any parts on the blade besides shoes. The spring broke for the angle adjustment lever. Well, I got to looking and saw that the pivot was worn and the adustment plate was riding against the spring. So, just this week in preparation for this winter, I removed the bolt and added a stack of washers in the big empty gap at the pivot to take up the slop/slack in the pivot...we'll see how it works. Long story short...the blade has worked surprisingly well and has been quite durable considering the abuse it has gotten. Oh yeah...since I didn't want to tear up my concrete drive with tire chains, I just added wheel weights and installed my 3 bin bagger with 50 lbs. of sand in each bin for added traction...works well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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