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Poll: Snow cabs on GT's (23 member(s) have cast votes)

Are they worth having / using

  1. yes (22 votes [95.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 95.65%

  2. no (1 votes [4.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.35%

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#1 baerpath OFFLINE  

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 07:28 AM

I have never used one for snowblowing. My question is are they really worth using/ hassle ? I just listed one for sale and it got me wondering.


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Posted November 04, 2012 - 08:22 AM

I used to be one of the hearty, intrepid souls who would hop on my Craftsman/Berco snowblower combination and venture out into the snowy hinterlands unencumbered by a cab.

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I had my pack boots, my 3 layers of clothing, my Walls coveralls, my face mask, and my heavy winter coat. After an hour or two of snowblowing I would come back in the house proud of the snow caked to my outerwear.

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As fate would have it, one of those cheap tractor cabs with no back, more like a shower curtain on a frame than anything substantial, showed up nearby on CL.

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I installed it on my Craftsman and with a few acrobatic contortions found myself in a loud, claustrophobic space with a wrinkly, fuzzy view of the outside world through the plastic windshield. Yuck! What have I done?!

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Then I got my first opportunity to use the cab. Even with no back on the cab I was toasty warm. Too warm in fact, I had to remove my heavy coat! No snow blowing back in my face! No snow covering the tractor seat, dash and controls! No more puddles of melted snow where I stepped back into the house to clean off! I will never go back to "naked snow blowing"!

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I have since upgraded my "shower curtain" cab to an OTC cab company hard top cab with glass windshield and wiper.

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I added LED flood lights and a hazard blinker on top. It's safe, roomy and comfy, like snowblowing in a phone booth, for those of you that remember phone booths.

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I have since acquired cabs for my JD 140 with plow, and JD 317 with Johnny Bucket. Nothing like riding in style!

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Edited by ggsteve, November 04, 2012 - 08:46 AM.

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#3 Farmlife OFFLINE  


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Posted November 04, 2012 - 08:42 AM

I plan to build one this year for the Sears. It'll be part of my many winter projects when i tare the Sears down for its make over.....lol, and since I have a new welder coming for xmas.......gotta try it out somewhere...lol

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 08:43 AM

I like being outside. I grew up with cabless farm tractors and work outside a fair bit in the winter. I don't use a snowblower on my GT, just a bucket and a rear blade, so the decreased movement and visibility is a trade I don't ant to make. I have used a rear blower on farm tractors with no cab. It's a little uncomfortable, but you can see better.

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 08:55 AM

After a few years of coming into the house caked in snow I finally used a cab for the first time last year and I would never go without one again if using the blower :thumbs:

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 09:07 AM

Used to blow without one in my younger years.Now I find that I can't take the cold [if I get cold to cold I suffer for days after] so now anything I use its got to have a cab as well as heat.Guess its part of getting older,then again also having had a big accident and breaking many bones etc: doesn't help either. Larry


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Posted November 04, 2012 - 09:21 AM

ggsteve, you gave a very good detail (with great pictures) of your experience snowblowing! From your post, anyone with a snowblower will get them a cab now! :thumbs:

I agree with others here....when I was younger the cold and snow didn't bother me too much. For about 16 years now, I have had an indoor job, and have become a real "woosie" when it comes to the cold and snow.

I do-not have a snow blower because in my area we don't have that much snow at any given time (just watch out now!), but if I had one and used it very much, I WOULD have a protective cab!

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 01:01 PM

GGsteve, you have told us all an entertaining and persuasive story about your experiences snow blowing. Thanks!

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 05:50 PM

I've done it both ways, and a cab is the only way to go!

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 07:17 PM

I had one one the 74-112, tried it once without, I'll stick to the cab for the blower! It is kinda' tight in there, but worth it!

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Now I use the same cab on my 80-314, put it on with the 790:

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I don't want a cab for the 83-420 w/blade though:

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 07:57 PM

I'm cab all the way , I never used to think so , then I got a 185 with a cab on it,

I sold the 185 but then kept the cab for the 318.

2 things I liked about it, One could clear snow no matter what I was wearing, sometimes I would just jump on the tractor with my dress pants on from work, no hat or gloves, its surprising how warm you are.

2nd would be I believe its safer, you can always be focus on your blower / surroundings, no snow in the face.

I don't have a picture of the 185, but here is a video with the cab, snow pants not required all winter,

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 09:14 PM

If you are running a blower... Yep, Cab. Home made, anything.

One massive face full from a gust of wind was all it took to convince me.

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Posted November 04, 2012 - 09:41 PM

Nothing like a face full of snow when it's below zero out to bring one close to nature. The gentle caress of melting snow as those crystal clear streams of water run gently down the inside of your collar to bring out that longing for more snow to blow. :bigrofl:

No thanks. You can have that stuff. Did it that way for years and I'll take my cab any day. :thumbs:

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Posted November 05, 2012 - 05:53 PM

The day I trade in my Carhartt Cabs in for a tractor mounted one I'll know I've finally attained "Old Geezer" status. Then and only then I'll feel free to hire out the snow plowing.:D

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Posted November 05, 2012 - 11:11 PM

X2, Harold!! I figure exposure to the elements helps keep me healthy. I'll be plowing w/ my wheeler until I finally get the hydro for the 314. Yes, my kevlar welder's ski mask, insulated gloves, insulated coveralls and felt lined paks. I still love it!! Oh, the wheeler does have heated grips!!