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 06-13-2001, 15:41 Post: 29244
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I have just purchased a kubota B7300 and I want to buy a rear mount snowblower. I'm not sure what size blower my tractor can adequately handle. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate the info. Also, I've been looking at the buhler models, but certainly interested in any other brands. Any suggestions?thanks - EJ






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 06-14-2001, 06:58 Post: 29256
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Most manufacturers publish recommended HP ranges for their implements. The ranges tend to be fairly conservative. Operating technique can be used to match a larger or smaller implement to a tractor, but sticking within recommended ranges is a pretty good idea. In general, selecting an implement that just covers the rear tire tracks works well. There is a 'loose standard' in tractor design. More powerful tractors tend to have wider tracks. Implement designers design their implements for the HP that go with different width tracks. However, this general rule doesn't work for heavy-duty rotary cutters. I use a 5' single auger/4 blade fan Meteor blower with a 24 PTO HP tractor. Mine goes through 3' of snow fairly easily but at very slow ground speeds. Since I have gears, I use the lowest of my 4 reverses at PTO RPM for heavy snows and go less than 1 mph. Slow, but it works. However, for 3' snows, the auger doesn't clear quite fast enough so the blower starts acting like a plough. Occasionally I have to stop and chew away. With HST I'd have better control of ground speed and wouldn't have the problem. It's really a blower capacity rather than a power problem. The tractor has some power left and probably could run a blower with a slightly larger fan. However, Murf pointed out some time ago that PTO clutch failure isn't uncommon and is related to how much stress an implement puts on the drive. I figure, why put the added stress from a larger blower on the drive, when I really don't need the extra capacity very often. Even then, I just need to go slower. Well, it's a small problem limited to short runs where the snow drifts. I figure that if I let 3' of snow accumulate without doing something about it, it's me that's got the problem. Meteor tends to receive positive comments for a moderate to low priced blower. Other makes may have more features and stronger more durable designs, but the Meteor has worked for me without problem through two winters. My Meteor has hydraulic chute rotation, and I wouldn’t be without it. Pronovost is another make to check. They are pricier.






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 06-15-2001, 15:35 Post: 29317
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Thanks Tom for the info. I can't seem to locate a phone number or a web page for meteor snowblowers. Can you help me out?






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 06-15-2001, 21:48 Post: 29322
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EJ...I'm looking for a blower as well for my NH TC40D....I contacted a regional equipment rep...Meteor is made in Canada by a company called M.K. Martin Enterprises...I don't think they have a web site. I had a 8' Loftness blower on the back of my 886 (now departed) that was built better than any other blower I have seen. They make smaller blowers of the same grade construction, but they are more expensive than the Meteor - don't know if it can be justified. Loftness does have a web site if you want to check them out. In any case, I going to bet I can find a motivated dealer to cut a great deal on a blower on a 90 degree summer day in the near future......






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 06-16-2001, 07:54 Post: 29331
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EJ: Paul has more information on the company than I do. I'm not sure there was any literature that came along with the blower. The blower was in my original purchase package that my dealer put together. In general, I think it's a good idea for owners to find a dealer they like and stick close to what the dealer recommends. Dealers are generally in a better position than owners to keep up with what's available and how different models perform in the field. In addition, dealers have a stake in sales that were based on their recommendations. If something goes wrong, a dealer has an interest in setting it right. You might talk to dealers and indicate the size of your blower budget. They should come up with a recommendation, and it may well be Meteor. There are probably other similar manufacturers. I paid around $1600CAN for my 5' with hydraulic chute several years ago. Guess you could ask about Meteor if higher prices are quoted. On the other hand, if you've got a bigger budget, a look/see at high-end blowers might be good.






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If anyone is interested, I have a older 5 ft. Two Stage snowblower that was built for the Kubota tractors that have the 720 rpm PTO Speed.

I live in West Central Lower Michigan. $500 and it is yours.
I am replacing it with a front mounted unit for my New 4300.

Would consider trading for a old smaller Deere that has a wide front end to restore.






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