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 11-24-2003, 17:06 Post: 69511
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When I picked up my snow blower they had it hooked to the "dump" action of the FEL control. Is this necessary? Just re-attached it (15 Min) and hooked it to the lift control as to get the "float" position. Will this be Okay?

Also added 2 work lights and used an Ignition powered lead which was blank, under the seat as the "Batt" position for the switch relay (Tail light lead for the "switch" position). What is this lead for? Back hoe work light?

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 11-24-2003, 18:22 Post: 69521
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Unless I'm missing something I think using it in float is a requirement. That blower's got to follow the ground contour.

I don't know how the tilt is adjusted but using the bucket circuit might be useful. Both loaders and 3ph's lift in arcs and the tilt of a fixed implement changes as it lifts but 3ph geometry tends to keep most implements at the angle set by the top-link. I don't know if a loader mounted blower might dig in or miss spots as it floats up and down over hills etc. If so, being able to change the tilt from the seat might be useful.






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 11-24-2003, 18:24 Post: 69522
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They blew it! Your doing fine and I do believe that is for lites although I haven't checked or my boys haven't said anything different from that wire from the rest of them. Congratulations on your new Tractor!!!!






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 11-24-2003, 19:51 Post: 69529
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Art - Thanks.

TomG - I think you misunderstand my poor discription. The FEL control is used to operate the normal front Snowblower mount (along with blade or brush etc.) the up/down movement of that mount was hooked to the Dump motion of the control. I hooked it to the Lift motion of the control to get the "float."

All - Hopefully Santa will bring me my own Digi-Cam so I can get some more pics of the things I've done to the tractor so far. Thanks again for a very useful resource!!






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 11-25-2003, 07:27 Post: 69559
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AV: Your description is fine and I understood it as Art did. The blower lift has to float. The rest of my blab was just fluff.

My curiosity is that in 3ph blowers the blade attack is adjusted by the top-link--shorter pulls the blade off the ground. That way it may not take up all the snow but it also doesn't pick up as many stones from gravel drives early in the season. I don't know how the front to back tilt is adjusted on a front blower.

I was thinking that 3ph's are fairly self-leveling as they lift but most loaders aren't. I don't know if that would cause a problem clearing snow for example on drives that have sizable hills in them. If it did I was thinking that since there is a dump valve for the loader maybe it could be used for something useful.

Techs do blow it from time to time. My used tractor came with the bucket and lift lines reversed but there is a slight chance that the previous owner had them like that for haying. A floating bucket is a curiosity.






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 11-25-2003, 08:42 Post: 69567
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If you use that same front mount for a blade (instead of the blower) the dump circuit is the correct place to hook the hydraulic lines that raise and lower the blade, according to my old owners manual.

The difference between a 3 way valve and the 4 way valve specified for the front blowers/blades is the addition of a "fast dump" circuit.






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TomG - There are "feet" on the underside of the auger housing to pick the cutting edge off the surface, for gravel or whatever. My drive will be a chalange to learn however because I have both gravel and asphalt.






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 11-25-2003, 16:50 Post: 69609
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AV8R, some machines have that extra lead in the harness for such things as lights were you to put a cab on ithe machine.

The skid shoes ('feet' as you called them) are designed to allow gravel to pass under the housing, at least in theory anyways, and not go up through the blower. Set them JUST high enough that the gravel stays and as much snow as possible leaves.

Some people put a little strip of heavy rubber along the bottom edge so that pavement is swept clean while depositing the gravel on the lawn, or worse, on the neighbours lawn.

Up here it's common to see people rolling their gravel driveways after the first light snow fall, this will cause the gravel to freeze in and stay in place better.

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I guess the tilt on yours is fixed slightly forward so the skid shoes put the blade on the ground when they're low and raise it when they're higher. 3ph blowers use the top-link to roll the blower on the shoes to adjust the height. That might be a bit of a problem going from asphalt to gravel and you'll have to find a compromise.

What works best for me on my gravel is to try to keep a layer of snow pack. It doesn't work too well to try and cut down to the gravel because stones always come loose or chunks of ice break loose and take a layer of stone with them. For that reason I don't want the blade on the surface so I keep it a bit high. People with asphalt usually want to clear down to the surface and they use lower adjustments. Adjusting shoes frequently doesn't sound like much fun. That's the sort of reason why I said that the bucket circuit might be useful but it doesn't sound like it'd work.

Irrespective of shoe adjustment, unless the shoes are very wide you'll find that they sink in until the gravel freezes and you'll get stone showers out of the chute. I use my loader till freeze-up and I usually back-drag with down pressure on the bucket the first snow to try and set the stones into the sand and slush where I hope they'll freeze and stay in pace till spring. If there are loose stones and no snow pack the stones stick to the bottom of the snow as the blade peels off the snow and stones end up in the blower even with high shoe adjustments.

Hope this is a decent primer for snow blowing. The last bit I'll mention is a rule around here. Never clear gravel when freezing rain is expected. Rough frozen slush has better traction than something slicked off. If there's snow pack a frozen layer can be broken off but if freezing rain comes down on slicked off gravel there's a skating rink till spring.






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