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 01-02-2001, 19:47 Post: 23013
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 JD 790 3pt snowblower

Up to my neck (literally)in snow this year, my '55 Farmall Cub / blade just isn't keeping up. I'm very close to purchasing a new JD 790 (4wd) for snow removal / mowing. I have one question unanswered, how well will it handle a 60" 3pt snowblower? The HP is adequate but is the lowest reverse gear low enough? Will I end up clutching excessively to make it work in hard / deep snow? Thanks in advance for replies, it looks like a great tractor.






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 01-03-2001, 05:25 Post: 23032
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I think 1 - 2 mph is a pretty good ground speed for a blower. A dealer should be able to tell you the reverse ground speeds of a 790 @ PTO RPM. I said before that my 1710 has four reverse gears and I wouldn't want to do fewer, but maybe the 790 reverse gears provide OK ground speeds. A creeper option was available for 1710's, which I don't have, maybe something similar is available for 790's.






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 01-03-2001, 19:22 Post: 23050
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I have a 790 and I'm using a Meteor, 5' 3pt snowblower.

Low gear is 0.9 mph, which is plenty slow. High gear is 3.1mph. If you're going down long stright, high is fine. If you're maneuvering around things, low is perfect. I must admit that a "middle" would be nice Wink yeah right

I haven't had any really deep snow yet, but this is far more powerful than any walk-behind could dream of, so I'm not at all worried about when that kind of snow does get to me Smile






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 01-04-2001, 22:49 Post: 23088
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Mark, how far does that snow blower throw the snow ?,i just bought my 790 a few weeks ago and am looking for a snowblower myself. i have been looking at the meteor 60" and larger if i can find it. does the 60" cover the rear wheels enough for turning (not sharp corners) and is the chute rotation handle within reach of the operator seat ? Thanks for any info, Rick






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 01-05-2001, 06:16 Post: 23091
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Rick,
We have not had deep or heavy enough snow to be fair. I was a little surprised that the snow was not going far the first few times. Then we got about 4-5" and the snow went probably 10'. It is very important to fill the fan to really get the snow thrown. 60" covers my turf tires exactly... ag tires are even narrower. You do have to turn around to get to the chute rotation, but it is easy to use and easily accessed. My dealer says that for a mere $200 he can get the hydraulic chute rotation... I don't THINK so Smile






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 01-05-2001, 21:40 Post: 23114
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Mark, Thanks for the info. My dealer is tring to locate one for me, but has lost hope until next year. I hope he can find one sooner, last month we had a total of 35 inches of snow, and we haven't seen all of winter yet! Thanks again, Rick






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 01-05-2001, 22:24 Post: 23118
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Rick,

I had a similar snow problem here in Eastern Nebraska and bought a 60" Erskine blower for my MF 1240. I have only tried it once before the weather started warming up, and it really managed to throw snow quite a distance (4 blade fan). I paid about $ 2,200 including freight and crating charges etc. The chute rotation handle is very accessible even when the blower is down in the operating position. The skid shoes are adjustable and the chute has a poly liner to prevent snow from sticking to it. I don't know what you have to pay for the Meteror, but maybe it's worth checking into the Erskine as an alternative.






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 01-06-2001, 06:07 Post: 23123
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My 5' Meteor throws most snow 20' - 30' with the deflector fairly open. The salt/snow stuff the highway plows throw across my drive goes more like 15'. Closing the deflector more would increase the distance but at the expense of more clogged chutes (I don't clog them very often now). If snow from a light fall isn't going very far, a solution is to go faster so more snow is fed to the fan. Oil bath gears, adjustable skids, hydraulic chutes and replaceable blades are some of the marks of upscale blowers. The Meteor has about half of those, and I don't know if the blade is replaceable. But it works, and so far, it has been better than half-good. I'm not sure if the comment about a $200 hydraulic chute means it's too much or too little. I think that's probably a good ball park cost. I know I'd pay $200 and then some for mine.






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 01-06-2001, 10:10 Post: 23132
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I know that the pricing for hydraulic stuff is pretty high, so I think that the $200 was actually a good price. What I meant is that I can do an awful lot of reaching aound and handcranking before I can justify the chute rotator to myself... maybe by the end of this season I'll think differently Wink yeah right






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 01-08-2001, 20:34 Post: 23217
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Thanks for the info everyone, I hope it also answered Randys question also. As soon as my local dealer can find a snowblower i think i will get it. I have 900 feet of gravel driveway not including parking or turnaround areas and it seems everytime it snows, the bucket seems to be getting smaller ? I think I am ready for a snowblower.






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