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 09-12-2003, 19:34 Post: 63735
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I have gravel driveways that have a good bit of slope up from the house and barn to the road. Last winter, after the huge amount of snow we had, I started thinking about setting myself up with a garden tractor and snowblower, with a soft cab. I've looked at a 10 year old, 25hp, shaft drive, Troy-Bilt, with 400 hrs with this set up, that the dealer is asking $3,000 We've had someone plow us out for the last 7 years, but the snowbanks filled with my gravel, and the wear and tear on a retaining wall have made me rethink the problem. Can this combo handle the job? Any suggestions? I'm new at this. Thanks.






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 09-12-2003, 19:53 Post: 63736
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T-Bone,

You have a lot of options for your target price of $3000.
I know you can find a used garden tractor with a thrower
for most likely a lot less. There are better brands than Troy built that sell for less, and since the Troy is 10 years already. Look on ebay for either Cub or John deere or Kubota and you see it all the time especially now that winter is near. In general garden tractors handle throwers very well, once set up correctly (chains, weights)
The achilies heel with a thrower is of course gravel. The trick is either have a base over the gravel of snow. Or to have the shoes high enough to miss digging up the gravel.
Others will add to this with advice, since I dont have gravel to contend with

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 09-13-2003, 06:48 Post: 63748
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I have several concerns that came to mind. You say it is up hill, how much? The other thing that came to mind was the word driveways, how much driveway do you have?






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 09-13-2003, 15:28 Post: 63779
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I live in Maine we have our share of snow. I have a 330'
drive way with turn around with moderate slope. I use a 520H Wheel Horse 46" blower wheel weights and 90lbs of weights on back. I also have a paved drive and it works great. I would be concerned if you had to leave more than 3" of snow on driveway because of the small tires on the front. I have a cab for this also very pleased with this setup.

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 09-13-2003, 15:54 Post: 63781
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Using a two wheel drive garden tractor with a blade on a sloped driveway is tough, a blower works much much better as it requires much less traction.

Also important is whether your equipment is starting at the top or the bottom of the hill, with starting at the top being the preferable approach.

One our neighbors lives on a hill with a 1/4 mile drive with three or 4 switch backs. He has a two whl drive gas powered Tractor, it is a weird looking very big Garden tractor kind of the size of a Kubota BX but without the quality. He had a real problem with the front blower until he had a welding shop make a steel plate on the back that he attaches a sand spreader and also stacks four bags of sand + 2 bags in the sander for about 300 pounds on the rear.

With that added weight he has no problems.

I am sure there will be times when you say "hmm so how much is a 4WD tractor?"

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 11-05-2003, 12:38 Post: 68058
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T-bone: I used to have a wheelhorse 516H (hydro) with a front blower, wheel weights and chains. I have a flat 700 foot long driveway and snow as much as 2 feet deep was no problem. I think any good hydrostatic garden tractor appropriately outfitted with chains and wheel weights should do the job.
My blower was a single stage, which really moved the deep snow and threw it 30 feet or so, but light snow was really a pain in the butt because it would shoot quite a bit of fine powder out the front. I would get a two-stage blower.






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 11-05-2003, 15:43 Post: 68064
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boerence,

I have a Wheelhorse C125 with the gear trans and the single stage Wheelhorse Front blower. I have been using this set up for 6 years on 16000 sq feet of drive (1000 feet long plus 75 x 100 parking lot).

It has done it but it ain't easy or fun. Yes it will chuck snow 30 feet if it is powder, and NO it will not do 24 inches of snow in one pass. It will take many hours at 3 to 5 inches max at a time to clear it with this set up.

And there are many occasions where I get stuck with the two wheel drive, and or the blower gets clogged from slush.

I highy recommend someone try a TWO stage blower never buy a one stage. I have wheel weights and chains, and I think 4wd has got to be the way to go.

If you want or only can spend $3K I would look at the Honda that is for sale and is pictured at the right side bar on this page, but I think a BX or 2210 deere would be the ticket.

boerence, take look at my pix number 6 and let me know if they make another single stage than I have, or if you have the same one. The screw is about 10" high on mine.






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 11-05-2003, 16:36 Post: 68067
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chuckles,

Some older machines just do a better job than others. My Older Cub 125 has a 42" , with chains and wheel weights. For 34 years it has handled every type of snow imaginable.
The larger extreme snow fall amounts required multiple passes of course. But it never failed overall...2 ft heights
were not a problem as well. Yes the snow came over the top of the blower, but that wasnt a problem...I expect the same performance from my new Cub 3204..well actually better!!

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 11-05-2003, 20:04 Post: 68086
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Duc, watch that you don't hit your neighbors house with the 3204 and blower. Hope you got the rear counter weight with it. It does make a difference on traction.






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 11-05-2003, 21:13 Post: 68095
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Hi Art,

hehehe.. I will most likely be doing their driveway as well, I'm a nice neighbor!! I have the wheel weights (75lbs each)and chains..do I need more? I do have suit case weights available (from my JD4100) so I just need the rear mount bracket...but my smaller 125 didnt need anymore than wheel weights & chains...which is more ideal wheel weights or rear suitcase? ...will try for pictures soon !! thanks again Art






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