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 02-06-2014, 18:02 Post: 188852
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I have a 1991 Kubota L3010 with a single speed 540 PTO. My 3 pt snow blower obviously needs a faster input as snow just dribbles out and it gets clogged up far too often.

Is there a way to boost the output of the PTO or is there an attachment I can install to up the speed into the snow blower?

Thanks for your advice.
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 02-07-2014, 08:07 Post: 188859
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Jon, check to see what PTO speed your snow blower is. If a 540 PTO unit (which if made for USA market think it will be) you need to be sure to run engine RPMs to get the full 540 pto speed. If that is not the issue then would guess issue with your unit.






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 02-07-2014, 13:36 Post: 188873
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 540 PTO speed too slow for snow blower

There is no data plate on the snow blower to tell me the input required but judging by the smaller diameter impeller and it's weak performance I am betting it's a 1000 rpm blower. Just wondering if there's any way to bump up the speed at either end of the drive to get it working better. I hate having to run the Kubota at red line for hours and jumping on and off to unclog the chute.

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 02-07-2014, 13:47 Post: 188874
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 540 PTO speed too slow for snow blower

http://www.surpluscenter.com/Brands/Comer/SPEED-INCREASER-13-1426.axd

assuming it is a 3 point blower, you might try replacing the gear box with this unit. For 540 in it will give a 730 and 3000 rpm outputs the horsepower rating is well within your tractor. All depends on how skilled you are at modifying things.
There is also another one a little less expensive and a single shaft, and the horsepower is acceptable output at 540 would be in the 793 rpm range.






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 02-07-2014, 16:40 Post: 188876
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That thing would take some real monkey motion to fit it onto my application.

I'm out in the woods with stone axes and bear skins for tools and can't fabricate for beans either.

Looking for bolt-on.

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 02-07-2014, 16:45 Post: 188877
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Not sure this is always true but I thought there was difference between the splines of a 540 and 1000 rpm shafts. However someone could have swap off shaft or I may be way wrong.

How does the power from the tractor transfer to the blower, is by gears, belts or chains? If belts could they be slipping? At same time gears and chains wear.

I liked the illustration of being in the woods. Laughing out loud






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 02-07-2014, 16:58 Post: 188878
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Tractor to blower is standard PTO drive shaft.

Different model Kubotas used to have two speed PTO available. I would thereby assume that the splines are the same.

No kidding about being in the woods. At least it's only 5 miles from home when I give out from beating my head on frozen equipment.

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 02-07-2014, 21:57 Post: 188879
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I don't know if your tractor is one, but I know some of that vintage of Kubota had an odd PTO setup, the engagement lever was center off, right or left on. The hook was that one way was intended to run the mid-mounted PTO, other the rear PTO.

If you set the the lever the wrong direction the PTO speed is not what you think it is.

The other option that is possible, but really not pleasant, is that the clutch is worn to the point that it's slipping and because of that not spinning the blower fast enough.

Snowblowers are probably the singular best thing for eating a tractor clutch.


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 02-08-2014, 15:55 Post: 188887
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Jon, today as I was using one of my tractors thought on this thread and wondered about your comment of running it at or near the red line. When I read it earlier wondered then but today looking at my Kubota RPM meter the only red line is to show the rpm to get the 540 pto speed. If you are not running the full 540 pto rpm speed it can make a lot of difference with an implement made to run 540. I know with cutter dropping engine rpm say 300 rpms makes a major impact on the cutter.






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Snow blowers can wear out! Check the gap on the blower blades. Any more then a dime and you have wear or a bad fit.






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