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.
The blade it's self is nice and beefy. Problem is the mounting system. Looks like all design resources were aimed at making the blade mount/dismount quickly and nothing was designed to withstand normal use. Very first snowfall while plowing my driveway the blade caught an edge. The springs did their job, and the blade pivoted about halfway down then sprang back upright. But the brackets that bolt to the tractor frame folded like a cheap suit. I removed the bent brackets and hammered them as flat as possible, so I could finish plowing. And even though I'm now plowing VERY VERY carefully it only took another 15 minutes of pushing snow and the brackets are bent so bad the blade can only be lifted an inch off the driveway. Since this thing is brand new I call the warranty number and get transferred a total of 7 times. With a total of 57 minutes spent explaining what happened, but in the end they say it's not under warranty but we can sell you the parts to fix it. I ask if those parts would be under warranty? NOPE. Cost of replacement parts $131.93 after 1 snowfall. Little background; I used a Craftsman lawn mower with the 42" snow blade to plow the same driveway for 5 years with no problems at all. Thought I was really moving up with the Garden tractor and snow dozer blade, I couldn't have been more wrong.
I have used this blade for 3 years and 9 months. I have used it to plow snow on a quarter-mile steep and curvy dirt driveway at 9,000 feet elevation (lots of snow). I have also used it to bulldoze dirt to repair ruts in the driveway. Every year, the blade hangs a little lower. This year, the tension pin holding the lift assembly together broke so the blade could not be lifted off the ground. Didn't matter because after I replaced the pin, the blade was hanging so low in the UP position, I could not use it anymore. Worse yet, replacement parts to overhaul the linkage cost more than $600, when the whole blade, WITH linkage originally cost only $500.
I blame very poor engineering for the failure of this linkage. It is a shame, because the blade itself is very sturdy and I have not even needed to flip the wear bar, although the skid shoes are too flimsy and are bent out of shape. Even without the shoes, the blade has held up. Now it is just an expensive piece of scrap metal.
I purchased the blade on October 6, 2018 Used it once and the blade attachment lift assembly broke. Under warranty until October 2020 but Sears is not able to figure out how to replace the $77.98 part or to even find the purchase even though I was looking online at the order. DO NOT PURCHASE ANY ITEMS THROUGH THIS COMPANY. db
Sears said this would fit my 2018 garden tractor but the frame brackets don't line up. My model is 247.270480.
I have been waiting 2 and a half months for delivery and Sears pushed out the estimated delivery another month and a half.
Stay away unless you don't mind paying several hundred dollars to never get this snow blade.
Ordered mid-December, arrived in late February. Took way too long, with multiple delays to arrive. Managed to get it before the last snow of the year.
Fitment was pretty good. Missing 4 nuts, just picked up from the hardware store, but wasted time. Blade angle adjustment seems tight, the angle at end of the handle is off a bit.
After modifying that and getting a few missing parts it performed quite well. Must have wheel weights and chains, steering isn't great while using as the front tires slide a bit. Overall I'm happy but purchasing should have been easier.