The main difference between the LBK Series Snow Plow System and the SBK Snow Plow System is there’s a floating top link just forward of the quick attach plate. On a compact wheel loader, this floating top link is crucial for keeping the plow blade tight to the plowing surface.
On an LBK attachment there is also a pivot point located right at the at the attachment plate. This pivot combined with the floating top link gives the snow plow a total of six inches of float. This float is crucial for wheel loaders to maintain steering control and traction.
Set the attachment so that the mounting plate is set high enough to ride over curbs then adjust your plow to that height. Make sure the back of the moldboard is at a 90 degree angle to the plowing surface. Now that the plow angle is set, the snow plow can float independently from the compact loader arms. As the machine is moving the snow plow will float up and down without effecting the machines steering and traction.
Quick Attach Coupler for the Snowplow System
In the video we are demonstrating the standard skid steer SSL attachment. For any attachment we manufacture for our snow plow systems, we offer a replacement plan where you can return the attachment if it’s inoperable. For a reduced cost, you can replace it with a new attachment.
To remove the attachment there is a pin on the lower right & left sides as well as a bolt at the top center of the attachment. Very quick and simple to remove.
Designed Specifically for the Compact Wheel Loader
Again, we’re demonstrating a 12-foot Snowfire Snow Plow System rather than a 12-foot Snowstorm. Why wouldn’t we recommend installing the 12-foot Snowstorm Plow System?
The 12-foot LBK Snowfire Snow Plow System was designed around the specs and capabilities of the compact wheel loader. Obviously, compacts weigh less so we wanted to build a 12-foot snow plow that weighs less, but could still take the constant abuse from pounding curbs and pushing large loads of snow. So to reduce weight we made it shorter than the Snowstorm front to back. This keeps the operator firmly in control of the snow plow and the load its pushing.
The featured model compact wheel loader in the video weighs fourteen to sixteen-thousand pounds. In an event where this machine is going full speed and then tries to slow down with the heavier LBK plow, more than likely the back end of that compact wheel loader will start to come off the ground causing the machine to lose control. This occurs when you have a plow that is overtaking the machines performance limitations. Trust me, you don’t want to experience that with this machine.
We also enhanced the design of the box by extending the “center group” or horizontal tubular construction of the Snowfire to accommodate the 12-foot snow plow. And rather than just extend the center group, we went the extra mile by extending the C-channel that sleeves over the tubing. This way it’s a lot stronger than just extending the tubes which could cause an event where the tubes would flex and possibly break at this junction … especially if you’re hitting a lot of stuff like curbs or other obstacles.
The 12-foot Snowfire comes with same features as the Snowstorm – features like the dual trip edge with eight compression springs to back it up. No other snow plow on the market is built around the compact wheel loader like the Snowfire.
Choosing the Right Snow Plow for Your Compact Wheel Loader
The model compact wheel loader weighs in the video weighs fourteen to sixteen-thousand pounds. When you’re going full speed and then you just want to slow down, you’ll feel the back end of that wheel loader start to come off the ground causing the machine to, again, lose traction and control. You don’t want to experience that with this machine.
Two specifications you will want to know when considering a snow plow system like the KAGE LBK Snowfire is the machine weight and horsepower. These two things will help determine what the maximum size should be for the snow plow. It’s recommended that you refer to one of our customer representatives at KAGE prior to purchasing a plow system so that we can recommend the snow plow system that is right for you. You don’t want to go bigger or heavier for the simple thought of moving more snow because the result could be counterproductive.