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 03-18-2003, 23:46 Post: 51432
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 Keeping rocks out of front mount snow blower

I use a JD 770 tractor with a front mount blower (JD 59"Wink yeah rightto clear snow on our Colorado rocky mountain dirt road. The road is 3 miles long, and this is quite and effort. The unit works well except for one problem - rocks! No matter how careful I am, I sometimes drop the blower too low, or there may be a rock in the snow. I break a couple shear pins per run. I was thinking about constructing a slatted type device to be mounted under the blower intake which would filter out the larger rocks. Has anyone thought about this? I sure could use some help.

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 03-19-2003, 07:31 Post: 51446
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 Keeping rocks out of front mount snow blower

Off the top of my head, trying to separate rocks from snow is likely to be something else to clog up with snow when it is wet (less of a problem in Colorado I guess).

What I do is learn to like snow-pack. The first few snows of the year I use the loader (floated and with the blade curled a bit off the ground). The object is to clear off any junk and leave a bit of snow. After some snow pack and a good freeze, my 3ph blower skids support the blower on the snow pack. I keep the blade a bit up rather than try to clear down to the gravel. After using the loader, there aren't any rocks unless some new ones arrive somehow--which does happen.






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 03-19-2003, 07:43 Post: 51449
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Do you mean a slatted type device that whould stop wet snow from entering the blower so that packs up like the out spout?






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 03-19-2003, 08:40 Post: 51457
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 Keeping rocks out of front mount snow blower

I guess in some areas rocks must fall out of the sky. Smile

Anywho, I second Tom's emotion. Plow first to establish a base, and use the blower for subsequent storms.

The only fly in the ointment would be if, like in my neighborhood, the snow completely melts off between storms.

That was not a problem when I lived in Alaska and probably isn't a problem where Tom lives, but unless John lives above 7000 feet it might affect his situation.






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 03-19-2003, 10:27 Post: 51461
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I'll try something different here for you. When I sell a three point hitch blower I found that to leave the top link a little long will allow the owner to scrape the pavement bare. When on gravel, shorten the link to allow the blower to run on the heel of the blower or where they normally have the skid shoes(that normally don't help much or bend easily) that way youare leaving a base. I have seen on a few front mounts(the exception not the rule) that have a turn buckle to adjust the angle of the blower. If you were to make your blower to allow the turnbuckle for that adjustment I think you would be on a positive track for solving your problem.






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 03-19-2003, 11:42 Post: 51463
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On my front mount blower, I run the blower up off the ground about an inch or so when I'm on the gravel stretch. I'd drop the skids down, but then I can't scrape the pavement clean (and no, my wife won't learn to deal with the snowpack near the house).

As long as I don't get going so fast that I bounce, and watch grade changes carefully, I'm OK.

A word of warning, I buy shear pins by the dozen - so my method isn't 100% effective.






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 03-19-2003, 23:53 Post: 51492
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I appreciate the responses (at least most of them). No, rocks don't fall out of the sky. They constantly roll off the side cuts of our road which was blasted and dozed out of the mountainside. There is a reason these are called the Rockies. I do try leaving a base, but believe me, when snow blowing a rough road, it is impossible to always keep the blower at a steady level. What I envisioned was something like a landscape rake on the leading edge of the blower which would divert rocks. This is a real problem, and maybe there isn't a solution. I just thought I'd see if anyone else has had this problem and if anyone came up with a fix.

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 03-20-2003, 06:32 Post: 51495
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I remember the Colorado Rockies and the Colorado snows. Something like a rock catcher might work since most snows were dry. My chute regularly clogs in wet snow when I forget to run the pto till the auger clears when I stop. Of course the fan does pack snow into the chute, but I imagine that any effective rock catcher would be subject to clogging in wet snow. If something is rigged up making it easily detachable would be good.

I've broken about four shear pins in that many years. Each time it has been because I became impatient and used the blower before freeze-up (three of those pins was in the 'Winter of my Discontent' or something). It's not much of a problem for me but putting shear pins in 0F weather is definitely high aggravation.

People with rotary cutters who break a lot of shear pins often look for a cutter that has a slip clutch. I haven't thought about it but I guess there's a possibility of stand-alone after-market units that could be rigged up to a blower.









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 03-20-2003, 06:52 Post: 51498
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To switch to a blade for the gravel part might be a option although not a total answer. We have a fellow here in town that owns several buisnesses on main st, one of them, a recent purchase came with the use of the fellows older cadet lawn tractor with a blower and a cab. Well they have changed the people that plow in town so many times this winter that it seems that every week at least he eats another concrete section of curb they plowed up or some black top. I have a fellow in the shop that can pull the augers out and have them back in with either a straightened shaft or new in less then 30 minutes. The customer does appreciate that he has it back in an hour but we have seen it two and three days in a row. I can feel the frustration but don't have a good answer.






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John,

I like your landscape rake concept, although like the others I wonder if wet snow might blind it over.

We hardly had any snow in my part of WI this year, but if we get another storm I have an old pull behind lawn thatcher (spring tines) that will cover my intake, and I could bolt on pretty simply. I just might try it.

Of course, at this point I hope I get to wait until next year.






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