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 09-09-2003, 20:08 Post: 63462
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 Why is a Front Snow Blower so Expensive

I have been shopping for a Small compact for a while and am still puzzled about the price of a Front Snowblower.

It seems that the front blower is around $4000 for the Kubota B7500. But I think that is if I don't get a loader. With a loader it would be less I guess, is that right.

If the tractor already has a loader how much extra would a front blower cost for a Kubota B7500??

Anyone have one? is it hard to put on???

Thanks for any and all insights






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 09-10-2003, 06:02 Post: 63478
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You are right as to the approximate cost of the snow blower. There is a lot of difference between a generic three point cheapie blower and a front blower. It is about double the cost of a good three point but after useing a three point and the front mounts it's easier to make the choice of the front mount.






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 09-10-2003, 06:46 Post: 63485
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They're more expensive because most of them have their own frame and hydraulics. Other than the fact that I don't have a mid-pto to run a front blower, I wouldn't want one even at the same price as a 3ph mount type. I need both a blower and a loader to the work I've got to do. If I had much longer runs, I might think a front blower and rear blade would be better.






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 09-10-2003, 08:28 Post: 63496
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My brother lives in heavy snow country. After several years he switched his front blower to a rear mount for exactly the reasons Tom stated.

Plus, he said it was a pain in the #$$ to mount and dismount when it was on the front end, and much easier on the rear.






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 09-10-2003, 08:51 Post: 63503
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 Why is a Front Snow Blower so Expensive

Mark,

Does he clear large areas over 700 feet in length or is it short but alot of depth? Where stacking becomes an issue.

Here in the midatlantic states, a compact would not run into stacking problems, but a garden tractor would.

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 09-10-2003, 10:03 Post: 63511
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The price of a front mount blower deterred me from even thinking about it for my JD4100. It was economically more feasible to get a front mount for my Cub 3204 (garden tractor). I think blowers are ideal for most conditions,
it snows a lot around here as well. It enables me to handle driveways very quickly. Besides mine, I have two immediate neighbors, and 2 relatives nearby. I can never see myself doing that many driveways with a FEL, or a blade. Blowers work real well in almost any condition, including gravel driveways providing the correct height is used. Most CUTs have some form of quick attach method, so if someone got a front mount blower setup time shouldnt be too difficult at all. If the price wasnt such a problem, I bet the majority would use a front blower over a rear 3 pt or FEL. This may raise some feathers here for some with that statement. But if realistically if they used a Front mount on their CUT, and price was not an issue, would they go back to a rear 3 pt or FEL after using the front blower? I say they would not...






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 09-10-2003, 10:34 Post: 63514
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Dennis, the area my brother clears is not overly large or long, but it has to be cleared frequently due to high winds and drifting snow.

His biggest complaint is it takes over an hour to get the FEL off and the blower/driveshaft on and the hydraulic lines re-routed. And once it configured with a front blower, it cannot be used for much else without another couple hours of labor to switch things back around.

He lives in a high mountain valley at he boundary of the Chugach National Forest outside Anchorage. He has a Kubota 2150(?) with a Kubota front blower that he has now converted to a 3 point attachment.






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 09-10-2003, 11:14 Post: 63517
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 Why is a Front Snow Blower so Expensive

I have a WH garden tractor now with a front blower that cost me about $800 new. If the tractor could have handled a two stage, which it cannot, and hand four wheel drive, which it don't, it would be great, which it ain't, it just gets me by with a struggle.

Putting it on takes about 25 minutes. If putting one on a B7500 would take more than that I would be pretty unhappy.

Mark, how would your brother rate that blower, how deep a snow can it handle or is he out there battling it 8" at a time???






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 09-10-2003, 12:50 Post: 63519
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Trac4me,

I guess not every tractor (lawn or garden) is made for snow throwing. The ideal setup consists of a machine that can handle it(weight)along with the chains & weight setup.
When they are setup right, they work great. Single or 2 stage it dosent have to be a 4wd tractor.
As for setup i think people are being unrealistic if they expect to switch attachments that quickly and be off and running. Seasonal setup takes time regardless of attachment.
I guess the older the machine the longer the setup. My older Cub 125 takes me an hour. My JD 4100 took me under 15 minutes to remove FEL first time ( I didnt want to remove it at all because I wasnt sure how difficult it would be), same thing with my new Cub 3204 and its deck. Simple and quick. Same with the blower, I was really surprised how quick. If it took me longer i wouldnt care either way.
I'm not sure why someone would need a FEL as well as a blower capability at the same time. I'm not disbuting the need, just not sure why a front thrower wouldnt just clear it far and away. I dont anticipate using my JD 4100's FEL in the winter at all. I know the blower will handle it just perfectly. Its not like I get more snow than anyone one else or anyless than a typical Northern winter. Just curious as to why both would be needed at the same time...

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 09-10-2003, 16:38 Post: 63528
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I'm reading here of some long times to switch to the snowblowers and I hate to say it but I think you are counting your whole time to get the unit out of storage and to switch. Not to affend but a typical 125 cadet, mower off 5 minutes or less. Blower on in ten minutes. Oil change and point adjustment or change 15 miuntes. B-2150 Kubota approximately (depending on the attachments on the tractor) 15 to twenty minutes for one person. There are things that often are forgotten after a year or two of ownership. Read the manuals again and set a pattern.






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