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I am new to the site. Recently purchased a used 3010 trans and after our first huge snowfall here in the North Carolina mountains, I decided I am going to try to plow snow with it. My drive is very steep and is asphalt. The rest of the private drive is gravel. Any suggestions on what to add to plow? I am thinking heavy front springs, and chains all around. Do you think weight in back would help or hurt? It would help on the level, but it may hurt going uphill. Any comments or help would be appreciated. Also if you want to comment on your plowing experiences with mules, i would be greatful. I have been following the website and it appears there are a lot of very good mule experts on here. Thank you
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I am new to the site. Recently purchased a used 3010 trans and after our first huge snowfall here in the North Carolina mountains, I decided I am going to try to plow snow with it. My drive is very steep and is asphalt. The rest of the private drive is gravel. Any suggestions on what to add to plow? I am thinking heavy front springs, and chains all around. Do you think weight in back would help or hurt? It would help on the level, but it may hurt going uphill. Any comments or help would be appreciated. Also if you want to comment on your plowing experiences with mules, i would be greatful. I have been following the website and it appears there are a lot of very good mule experts on here. Thank you
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Don't go to a lot of trouble adding weight to the Mule just throw several shovel fulls of compacted snow in the bed, when it warms up it will unload it's self. The mule will probably be ok with chains on the rear. The snow plow will add weight in front, don't try to use it as a dozer to dig with after all it is a snow blade!You might want some of these if you don't think you have enough traction, they make them for Mules too.
 

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I have one with an oem plow that I'm modding with a better lift and an angling system. It works great. No chains at all can be put on the front, only the rear. And watch the brake lines!! I nearly chewed mine up with chains. Put sandbags in the back and you'll have weight and emergency traction if you need it. That's my ultimate plow rig.
 

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I have one with an oem plow that I'm modding with a better lift and an angling system. It works great. No chains at all can be put on the front, only the rear. And watch the brake lines!! I nearly chewed mine up with chains. Put sandbags in the back and you'll have weight and emergency traction if you need it. That's my ultimate plow rig.
Are there clearance issues on the front with chains. Also did you have to move he brake lines in the rear to avoid damage. I wanted to install chains in the front so I could steer with the plow set at an angle, or is this not a problem? The plow adds weight, but when you have the plow on the ground, it does not really add any weight to the front. Thanks for the help/

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In front? NO. Took em off in five feet. Shocks were being ground on hard. I've found that you can steer fine when plowing with the plow I have, even angled. The only problem is when you hit something when angled, like ice. If you put chains in the back, remember to make sure there is clearance from the brake lines. My problem was the left parking brake line, so I had to move it back. I wish they routed the lines like cars. I you lock the differential in four wheel drive, you'll be unstoppable and go in a pretty straight line, even if you hit something. The sandbags are a necessity where I live, and a tow strap too. The best publicity is pulling people out of ditches.
Also, the plow weight is fairly important, since it isn't there when it's down, and more weight really helps to keep the surface smooth. Down pressure is nice too, and is required to take out hardpack.
 

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Well I have installed my new Moose 72" plow and my rear chains. I still have to install the heavy front springs. Thanks for the help. Ivarraven , you saved me from buying a set of front chains. I see what you meant by the clearance problem with the shock spring set on the front. I also had to move the rear left parking brake over to avoid interference whith the chains.
Bring on the snow

Thanks again
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