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 11-07-2000, 18:33 Post: 21305
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I just found this site yesterday, looks like I can get some good info here. I have a NH 1725 (no smoking or loss of power that I'm aware of, love it). I'm currently using the 7308 loader and a 72" Land Pride rear blade for snow removal. Our driveway is (had) a surface of 3/4" bluestone which is now pretty much plowed to the sides or where the snow banks used to be. The previous owner used a Kuboda with a snow blower and didn't deposit all the stones into the woods so I'm considering a 3pt blower. I don't mind plowing backwards so thats not an issue. We're in centtral New Hampshire and get a decent amount of snow. Any recomendations on blowers? Local dealer sells Lorenz but are pretty pricey. They have used for $1,200 or other dealers sell Meteor and BWM. I look forward to any responses, thanks.






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 11-07-2000, 19:23 Post: 21310
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Sorry, I forgot one important issue. In one of the posts I read someone mentioned the fact that the 1725's P.T.O. was not live. I wouldn't think this would be too much of an issue, should this be a concern?






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 11-08-2000, 08:39 Post: 21318
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The type of pto on a hydro doesn't make as much of a difference as it does on a gear drive. When operating a snow blower and you need to change directions and you need to clutch and the blower stops full you could find you will need a big bag of shear pins.






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 11-09-2000, 12:26 Post: 21342
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Last season one of the farm stores [Mills in Wisconsin] had a 3pt snowblower for around $1200-$1300 [new]. I have not seen them yet this year.Not sure of the brand.






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 11-10-2000, 11:50 Post: 21365
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I use a Meteor 5' on my Ford 1710. My dealer came up with the blower as part of the purchase deal. Your post is only other place I've hear of the Meteor brand. However, the blower has worked just fine for me.

I have a gear transmission, and live PTO is important for me. What I find is that the chute tends to clog if the auger stops when I clutch. Then, instead of just driving off in a new direction, I have to get off and clear the chute. So, with the live PTO, if I'm going to stop, I stop and run the pto until the chute clears.

I haven't used mine at night yet, but do I have a rear aux light mounted on the canopy. However, I expect that the light will be useless for blowing, since the it will mostly illuminate the flume. I'm going to mount another light lower so it shines under the flume. Oh yes, if you don't have a cab, get some serious snow duds. Backwards seems worse, I don't suppose it makes a lot of difference whether you're going forwards or backwards. You end up 100% coated in snow.






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 11-10-2000, 17:12 Post: 21368
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Snowblower 'tip of the week'...... If you put extra lights on the rear of your tractor for night-time snow removal (which is highly recomended) you will find it far easier to see if you put one light on each side of the machine, with a SEPERATE switch for each. Only turn on the light on the opposite side of the machine from that which the 'chute is facing. This way you will prevent as much glare as possible. Even better still is to mount lights on each side of the blower itself, connected via a 'flat 4' trailer wiring harness tethered securely to both machine and blower, (then if you forget it when un-hooking it will pull apart rather than breaking anything) which will put all the light A) closest to the work, and B) furthest from you and the blown snow, reducing glare even more. Best of Luck.






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Yes Murf that's a real good tip. I have enough trouble seeing during the day if the wind is blowing towards me. I can imagine at night and with it all lit up from a canopy light. I said the canopy light would be useless. Far worse than useless probably is more like it. And, a light on one side also probably is pretty well useless when the chute is on that side.






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 11-11-2000, 12:49 Post: 21392
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Murf's tips on the lites is good. One other thing to consider when buying a snowblower is to go large enough in width to give yourself a minimum of 6" additional width over the tractor width. When you are backing up and going around corners you would be backing over the snow you would be trying to blow with the next pass.






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 11-11-2000, 22:38 Post: 21414
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Just picked up a new 3pt hitch snowblower today. It is a Pronovost made in Canada. The blower seems very well made, manual shute rotation and manual shute deflector. I paid $1134.00 for the 54 inch model for my B2100. I shopped many different dealers and found the Pronovost to be the best for the money. Its not as fancy as the Woods but beats anything else I've looked at. The new model 54 inch comes with skid shoes as standard equipment the older models did not.






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Here in Canada, we have donut shops named after former hokey players. Maybe a former player took up making snow blowers. Anyway, itís a well-known name. I hadn't heard the brand before, but a comment posed here sometime back mentioned them and said the blowers have been around awhile and are well regarded.

My blower has skids. If skid shoes are something wider, then I wish I had them. My skids dig into the gravel before freeze-up. If I wish I had shoes, you may end up wishing for hydraulic chute rotation. I used the hydraulic chute a lot. There are several places along the drive where I have to change sides to keep the snow away from the house, parked cars etc. Chute control has to be pretty good. I've heard that gravel picked up can break windows, and maybe even vinyl siding. In addition, I have to clear a highway entrance. I'm able to use the hydraulic chute to 'curl the flume around' and keep it blowing into the ditch as I make turns onto the highway shoulder. It would be a real pain and maybe just unsafe if I had to stop or deal with a hand crank while making the turn. When clearing snow, it's very important to never put snow on the highway or blow it across on-coming traffic. I donít think adding hydraulic chute rotation would be a very big deal if there is a rear hydraulic pair.






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