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Forum topic by moke posted 11-04-2019 06:44 PM 444 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2019 06:44 PM

I know this is way off what we normally discuss, but in essence it is woodworking related…..It will be used to clean the small drive back to my new woodworking shop. It will be 75 to 100 feet behind my house and garage. I have been doing some investigating of all the issues associated with this type of project and this is one of them. I don’t know anyone with one and was hoping I could tap into some knowledge that is here.
I have a garden tractor now that is older (2000) and planning on purchasing a new or used one either dedicated to the snowblower or convertible.
Here are some of the questions I have.

1. Do they work well?
2. In the manual version of raising and lowering, is that difficult/troublesome while sitting on the unit?
3. Are tire weights and chains enough?
4. What about those plastic cabs, are they worth the trouble or do they fog up?

Thanks in advance…..

-- Mike

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#1 posted 11-05-2019 12:03 AM

Mike – you really need to watch more of The Red Green Show.



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#2 posted 11-05-2019 04:23 PM

Isn’t that a comedy show?

-- Mike

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#3 posted 11-05-2019 04:28 PM

HandyMan comedy – yes.
he makes odd things work by using odd things.



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#4 posted 11-05-2019 04:43 PM

- If they don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!
- Keep your stick on the ice!
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#5 posted 11-09-2019 01:23 PM

I have a snow blower on my JD x500. Manual lifting—very doable but heavier if the snow blower has a lot of snow on it.

Tire weights and chains are fine if on level ground. I use diff lock going up hill sometimes.

cabs—sorry don’t have one.

I snowblow over 250 ft. driveway, works fine.

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#6 posted 11-09-2019 01:59 PM

Don’t know what part of the country you’re in as google maps in the ‘home’ area won’t load these days. But…

Consider a blower depending on the part of the country you’re in and you can manage a walk behind. Here in Maine we have people who have both walk behind and tractor. Cabs can be attached on either one.

The sit on ones come with manual or electric auger lifts. The manual ones require a little effort but they work fine. Thing is a decent walk behind snow blower is $800-$1200 depending on HP. My sister just bought a lawn tractor with blower and the cost is more like $3000 for both (John Deere D130)
The blower attachment itself without chains and weights cost more than a high end walk behind blower…about $1500.

If you’re snow fall is generally a foot or under then a snow blower does a good job. In fact they do a good job even in higher amounts. You just have to walk behind it. If 6” or less a tractor is overkill.

Just my 2 cents but I’ve been moving snow here in Maine all my life. Ariens 10hp right now. 17 yrs old and no repairs to it yet.

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#7 posted 11-09-2019 02:19 PM

I don’t know how much snow you get in Iowa, but here in Massachusetts, some years we get feet at a time and other we get nothing. I have a walk behind Ariens that has handled anything in front of it. The tires had chains for added traction but they scratched my patio pavers. When I removed them, traction was slightly reduced, but no damage to the patio pavers. I enjoy your posts om LJ’s.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#8 posted 11-12-2019 06:26 PM

Hi guys….
Sorry somehow I missed your replies. I don’t know how!!
I have a 10 hp Craftsman…(mtd I assume) I’m on my second one in over 30 years. They have worked just fine, I jus am always afraid of falling on ice and with a another driveway, I’ll have a fair amount of blowing to do. I have a 40×40 apron/pad now with a 50’x 12’ drive way and I’m probably going to add a 75’ narrower drive to boot. I wear yak tracks…on my boots, but I always seem to have one torn off some how.

I guess I really don’t have any complaints on my walk behind, so maybe you are right, but it looks good sitting on ur a$$, I guess.

I have been reading the complaints on line about the tractor mounted. On they have husqvarna and only have a 57% approval, with one complaint being the electric lifts freeze. I have often wondered if that is a place where people go to “grind their axes” or they are accurate. I am in need of a new tractor and thought this could be a good answer. As for the ‘cabs”, it seems like no matter which direction you blow, it comes back in your face, but I have heard many times that they are difficult at best. I was hoping to get some advice from someone that actually had these items….

Mike, funny story, I worked as a policeman at night in a small town for 38 years. ( I have a business during the day too)....the neighboring town is large and they got a new Chief that was from Florida. I was at a meeting with him the first day we got a pretty sizable snow storm. He wanted to know if we had a huge suicide problem in the winter…..when I told him no, he was surprised. He lasted 3 years and went back to Florida….

Thanks again guys….I appreciate your input.

-- Mike

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#9 posted 11-12-2019 08:00 PM

I had a blower attached to a sears mower/tractor. Live in Ohio. Thought the mower/tractor would be great when I moved to a corner lot. Disliked all the the backup- pullups needed to make turns while mowing as the unit didn’t have a small turning radius.

Removing the mower deck, mounting the blower, weights and chains took considerable time. Don’t forget you have to change it all back in the spring. The manual lift while it worked was a pain. With a large amount of weight on front axles it was not easy to steer.

No experience with a cab except when I was a kid on farm and we called them a heat houser. They funneled engine heat back to you. They were a wonderful help until most tractors started coming with permanent cabs.

The area you have to clear is much larger than I have so the mounted blower system make be better experience for you.

I now have a 5 horse, 2 stage self propelled blower I got from an estate sale. Works well for me for the 3-6 times needed a year.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 11-13-2019 08:16 AM

I live in SW Ohio. We get some snow, nothing like Buffalo, Green Bay, Milwaukee kinda snow, but enough to be a PIA to a person who doesn’t ski, or snowmobile. I used to have a Ford 1900 4wd tractor, 23 HP deisel. It would move a little snow, provided it wasn’t too wet.

When we moved I didn’t need it anymore for anything but snow, so I sold it off. I initially bought a 4 wheeler with 4wd, and a blade it was a 500cc motor, and it wouldn’t push squat, sold that and bought a 15 HP snow blower, 22” path.

It kicks butt on the snow we get, and it gets my too large behind out in the Winter to “exercise” as my better half calls it. I have to say, unless the wind is really blowing it’s kinda fun. With wind, doesn’t matter which way you direct the chute, you’ll eat some snow, just hope no loose dogs have turned it yellow. :-((((

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#11 posted 11-13-2019 01:54 PM

I live in SE Michigan, I have a JD 318 hydraulic lift and it is a dedicated snowblower (now). The only thing I don’t like about it is when the snow is “wet” it plugs up the shoot other than that it does a great job.

-- Daniel

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