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John Deere 666 snow blower

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retcol
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2007-08-08          144464


I looked at a JD 666 snow blower today. It has a handcrank spout and the spout is quite short. Anyone have an idea as to how old the snow blower would be and if the short spout is a problem? Also, are there any other shortcomings to this model? I didn't see any skid shoes on the machine either. Can they put on?

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2007-08-08          144466


Retcol; Is it a front or rear mount? ....

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2007-08-08          144472


hardwood; it is a rear mount on the 3 point. ....

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2007-08-09          144493


Retcol; I'm not familliar with that particular model. But a few things that are common with any snow blowers are. #1- Rear mounts are normally easier to attach than front mounts. #2- Rear mounts are hard on the neck, front mounts are much easier to get close to things with simply because you can see what's happening better. #3 I don't think a short spout is a big concern, they will work OK. #4 The hand crank on the spout is just another thing to have to reach behind for, another neck bender. Hydraulic control spouts are nice if your tractor has a circut available. I've owned eitht foot rear mount blowers for farm tractors but never one for a CUT, so I can't tell you for sure, but it seems that a front mount would cost more than a rear because of a more complicated driveline setup, likely a subframe to attach to your tractor's front frame, etc. Hope this helps. Frank. ....

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2007-08-09          144496


Retcol,


Frank is correct. A short spout isn't going to cause you any problems. In heavy, wet snow, the short spout is better, because it won't plug up. Longer spouts tend to collect the sticky stuff.

Front-mounted snow blowers are very nice, but they are much harder to mount and dismount. I'm not joking when I say that it's almost necessary to have two tractors, if you plan to have a front-mounted blower, because it will tie up one tractor for the entire winter.

Unless you want to put a cab on your tractor, the hand crank spout isn't a big issue. For the most part, you'll be blowing all of the snow in one direction anyway.......with the wind.

I enjoy blowing the snow when the wind is fairly strong, as I never have to worry about the snow filling my coveralls, boots, gloves, or collecting on my face. I simply point the spout down-wind and start blowing. I make a dead run back to the starting point, and then start blowing again. There is no escaping this technique, even with a cab, simply because visibility becomes an issue.

Joel ....

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