Landscaping companies that handle snow and ice removal will want to check out the latest addition to John Deere’s steadily expanding line of Worksite Pro attachments, a V-blade for skid steers, compact track loaders or compact wheel loaders.
In addition to snow and ice control, John Deere says, its new Snow Utility V-Blades are ideal for customers performing light dirt work on roads, trails or job sites.
The three new models (BV6, BV8 and BV9) have four hydraulic angling positions: straight for making larger cuts, V-configuration for pushing through hard-pack, scoop (both sides inward) for easy snow stacking and 30-degree right or left positioning for accurately moving snow or dirt.
The blades feature a variety of standard capabilities engineered to ensure efficiency when tackling either snow or light-dirt projects, the manufacturer says. Deere’s Snow Utility V-Blades feature an electrohydraulic (EH) valve for independent blade function that operators can control from the cab. A rubber cutting edge is also available for the blade to help prevent damage to decorative surfaces. Trip springs help protect the vehicle from sudden impacts with concealed obstacles and can be locked out for light grading and dirt work.
“As many landscapers and contractors can tell you, winter weather doesn’t mean you have to close up shop,” said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Winter attachments, like the Snow Utility V-Blades, are great additions to make the most of your compact equipment investment year-round and expand your business through diversification.”
Like all Worksite Pro attachments, the V-blades are optimized to work with John Deere E-Series and 313/315 Skid Steers, E-Series Compact Track Loaders and K-Series Compact Wheel Loaders. However, they’re also compatible with many competitive models.
With the universal, self-cleaning Quik-Tatch system found on all John Deere skid steers and CTLs, the machine can easily add and remove the snow blade quickly, the company says.