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 09-20-2001, 21:19 Post: 31911
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What's a reasonable price for a Pronovost P-740 snowblower with hydraulic chute, anti-shock valve on the hydro and upgraded shoes?I was shocked to be quoted $ 3,400 by a local dealer today.






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 09-20-2001, 23:15 Post: 31913
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Maybe someone can help explain this cost business. I checked on a front snow blower for my JD4400 and was quoted 4000.00! 4000.00! Just what the heck do they make these things out of, gold? I probably shouldn't be surprised looking at the price one has to pay for a tractor but wow. Blades, plate steel, bearings, drive lines, oh, and don't forget paint. I am new to this and please forgive my ignorance but is a Pronovost front or rear?






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 09-21-2001, 05:34 Post: 31915
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Front blowers tend to be pricey mainly because a mount has to be purchased along with the blower. I'm not sure how specific the mounts are for a given tractor, but I imagine a manufacturer would have to make a number of mounts for the same blower. That would cut down on the number of units sold and increase production costs. The PTO hookup for front blowers also may not be straightforward and also would add to costs. The main thing that creates high equipment prices is that there are a lot of parts involved and they arenít mass-market items. Most everything must be manufactured in short production runs. From what I hear, Pronovost blowers are well regarded and are at the upper end of the price range. Myself, I'm going into my 3rd winter with a 5' Meteor 3ph blower that has a hydraulic chute. No problems, and the price was about $1500CAN. I also donít have the quality of a high-end implement. $3-4 thousand for a quality front blower doesn't sound out of line, especially if the tractor lacks a mid-PTO. My Ford 1710 doesn't have a mid-PTO, and the price for a front blower started off at over $1000 just for a rear to front PTO conversion. I decided I could do a lot of driving backwards for that money and buy an additional implement as well. Of course, a front blower might be more appealing if I was clearing a 1/2-mile drive. I donít know what a hydro anti-shock valve is and Iíd be interested in knowing even though Iím a gear guy.






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 09-21-2001, 06:33 Post: 31916
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I've been in the market for a snow blower for 3mo now and have looked at everything Maine has to offer! Never priced out the 74" Prono but the 54" Prono Puma model was $1400 with mechanical chute right now. A 4' Meteor runs $1100 in the off season and $1300 when there's snow on the ground. These are both 3ph mounts. A frount mount for my Cub 7205 is about $3k, running off the existing mid-PTO. Almost $1k of this cost is the front hydraulic to raise and lower the blower. I was told that this is the same hydro unit usedt for all front mount implements (sweeper, blade, blower...) so each front mount unit that follows is at a cheaper price.


I did end up getting a Ford model 715 64" 3ph blower used with mech chute. It is in excellent condition and for only $400 I couldn't pass it up! Just ordered shear pins and an owners manual from Ford today for $10.






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 09-21-2001, 07:33 Post: 31921
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Kelly, I bought my P-720 three years ago at a equipment show, I should say I ordered it at the show and they delivered it to my JD dealer. It came with the hydraulic rotating shoot, the cushion valve was another 150.$ I did not get it and have not had any problems and it gets used often. I don't know about the updated skid shoes but I paid less than 2000.$ including delivery, oh and I also got the industrial shoot, it is a little longer on top . If you do a lot of snow removal on stone drives the skids are worthless on any snow blower, I put guage wheels on mine and they work axcellent. I got my blower from a dealer in Pa., I'm at work right now and don't have the address. Hope this helps some, PS. the Pronovost blower is an excellent choice. budinohio.






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 09-21-2001, 09:51 Post: 31927
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Bud, can you describe the "guage wheel" you mentioned? Do these replace the skid shoes? I'll be blowing for the first time this year and my driveway is packed recycled asphalt and I'm wondering is my shoes are going to rip it up much. Big Ed






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 09-21-2001, 11:57 Post: 31938
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Eddie, I made my own yokes and swivel brackets and used the tires made for mower decks. I welded 10"x6" plates on the back of the blower between the braces to take care of the flexing. The tires can not pivot all the way around but they have plenty of room to turn when following winding drives and they don't need to turn when going forwards because the blower should be raised. You can buy everything I made from a lawn mower supply shop. I got the small tires and rims through a supply magazine called greenline the tires I got are foam filled and fit scag, bunton, woods, etc., they also sell a variety of weld on brackets and yokes for many different applications I just made my own and used my imagination. They really work nice and look factory mounted.budinohio.






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 09-21-2001, 12:06 Post: 31941
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Bud, sounds pretty cool. If you ever get a chance to snap a picture can you email it to suckowe@yahoo.com? I will see how these skid-shoe things work this winter but can see me putting the wheels on eventually. thanks, big ed.






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 09-22-2001, 23:12 Post: 31965
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This sounds like a solution to my stone problem. I like the picture idea too.






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 09-25-2001, 06:30 Post: 31998
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I don't know about re-cycled asphalt, but my packed gravel becomes almost indestructible after it freezes. I did tear up the gravel before freeze-up the first year I had a blower with fairly standard skid shoes, and I thought about gauge wheels at the time. I didn't find any ready to go kits and the snow kept coming. I found that I could remove moderate falls by floating the loader with the bucket curled back so it rides mostly on its bottom. I guess I sort of lost interest in gauge wheels since the loader thing works until freeze-up. Of course, there are minor problems if we get a heavy fall before the gravel freezes or after it thaws. The loader really don't push a heavy fall around very well and I have to reduce the snow burden by taking some off the top with the blower held up with the 3ph.

To this point, I haven't had enough problems to get me thinking about gauge wheels again, but I'd probably be more interested if I still had my welding stuff working. I'm more interested in wheels for my box-scraper, especially hydraulic ones.






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