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 10-07-2005, 11:06 Post: 117510
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I will be using a rear-mounted blower on my JD4310 for the first time this winter. I am wondering what the standard method is for using the blower with regard to the rear control arms. Are you supposed to let the blower "float" on the driveway, or keep it up a bit. I have a gravel, and stone drive, and want to minimize the abount of stone I donate to my lawn. It seems by keeping it up a bit, it will help with the stone issue while also weighting the rear wheels for better traction. Is my thinking correct on this?






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 10-07-2005, 12:34 Post: 117511
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You do let it float on the 3pth, but there should be adjustable skidplates at the bottom of both sides which will keep the rear edge up enough to clear the bulk of the gravel when adjusted properly.

Best of luck.






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 10-07-2005, 12:46 Post: 117513
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There are no skid plates... nor are their pre-drilled holes for mounting skid plates on the ends of the blower.(?)






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 10-07-2005, 14:03 Post: 117517
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 Rear mount snowblower use question

Uh oh. Do you have a brand/manufacturer and possibly a model number? That greatly helps out the other members with giving you advice. But that's the first blower I've heard of without skids.






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 10-07-2005, 14:26 Post: 117519
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 Rear mount snowblower use question

I found that when I had a 3/8 gravel drive I used to set it up a bit until I got some ice pack so the gravel hardened. Then I could let it float with the skids in a high position.

Does not take much to break a shear pin with stone. Make sure you have a supply before winter.

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 10-07-2005, 14:35 Post: 117522
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OK, I presume you are talking about the Agro Trend blower in your profile.

Now I understand. Agro Trend is a 'price point' blower with fixed skid shoes. More expnsive machines have adjustable skid shoes.

If you look at the page linked to below you can just make out, at the bottom of each side of the blower case, a bolted on skid shoe or runner, which is adjustable and which in turn adjusts how far up the cutting edge is off the ground.

In your case the only real option then is to slightly lengthen the upper link of the 3pth, this will cause the blower to be tipped slightly over onto the front of the skid shoes and therefore lift the rear up a little.

If you were really ambitious and a little handy you can easily amke up a set of skidshoes out of some reinforced angle iron with slots or holes drilled through the casing to mount them.

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 10-07-2005, 17:28 Post: 117532
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If you shorten the top link it will keep the cutting edge out of the gravel. After freeze up lenghten it out and let the edge cut some.

It's nice to have some good hard pac B4 you get the cutting edge agressive.

EDIT: This says opposite of Murf. I'm going by the 2 I've owned. I am not up to speed on yours so Murf may be right. Try it on a flat hard surface so you can see the difference.






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 10-22-2005, 22:03 Post: 118293
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I would tend to agree with shortening the link. I just bought a JRW with hydraulic rotator and adjustable shoes for around $2500.00. Not sure if that was a stellar deal but in searching around it seems pretty consistent.

Problem I have is the lane to my barn is humped in the middle, stones are definitely going to be a problem so I will use the loader unless sheer volume becomes an issue. That is the nice part of the rear mount, we still have a loader.






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 10-23-2005, 05:10 Post: 118297
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I also use the loader just to make a couple of paths for the morning traffic to get thru. I have always liked the back blade as first choice then blow the banks back.

Seems like last couple of years the blower is first choice.

On the high crown I'd raise the outside edge of blower and let the inside just touch the crown making 2 passes it gets me just over 10' wide for the bulk of the drive.

I always try to start the season with anything but the blower.






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 10-23-2005, 09:08 Post: 118303
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Kind of what I was thinking Harvey. Even with the Curtis loader blade (I sold) I always have to let the base build and freeze prior to scraping.

My truck plow used to send the stones all over the place too, another reason I don't use one any longer.






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