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#1 Horvik OFFLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 07:48 PM


Got the 42" Ford blower set up on the tractor and have questions.
My rear ballast box has 250 pounds in it, have wheel chains, no tire ballast or wheel weights, and will be working a drive that has in one place a 20 degree slope.
So any ideas as to what will make this work well aside from what I stated would surely be appreciated.


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Posted October 26, 2012 - 08:03 PM

Wheel weights work wonderful and add traction with minimal effects to the tractor .

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 08:27 PM

I'm wondering if you could make some cable chains fit on the turf tires?



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Posted October 26, 2012 - 10:05 PM

It looks like that is a 40 something inch blower. My Sears is a 42 and I made due with 120 lbs of wheel weights and chains. The only real issue was backing up the hill with the blower raised. When the blower is up, the rear got light. Several times I had to back drag the blower until I got over the hump.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 05:42 AM

This year I will be useing the ol Ariens snowblower (walkbehind), but I've plowed pretty much every year. I'd say with that much weight plus the tire chains you have you should be fine (long as you don't weigh 120 lbs...lol)...wheel weights work great but even at a 20 deg slope I doubt you'll need em. I never did and my whelhorse that I mainly plowed with was smaller than what you have set up. If your really worried, wheel weights are always an option but I think you'll be fine. If ya get a chance, come first snowfall....make a video. I think you'll be surprised what it'll do...

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 05:56 AM

My dad has one of these and they are the most useless things I have ever seen. With the original turf tires, 2-link chains, wheel weights and 200 pounds on the back it would not blow snow going down hill. Spin spin spin. We ended up using 6-12 ag tires with v-bar ice chains modified so the crosser would stay on top of every outside rubber V tread. The 15 crossers make for a rough ride but the one or two v-bars of each crosser in contact with the frozen ground at any given time are an improvement. Still have the wheel weights and rear ballast on it. The front end is just too heavy on these tractors.


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Posted October 27, 2012 - 06:34 AM

With 250 pounds on the rear, and chains on the rear tires, you're going to be fine.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 05:44 PM

I have another blower question.

After greasing up all and putting on all new chain I still hear a noise coming out of the blower.

is this normal? I notice a slight amount of slop in the "sliding" driveshaft, but can find nothing wrong..

Any help is appreciated.