Any one have or used one of these outfits? The prices are starting to come down on them around my area, just curious if they are decent blowers. I know there are many different types and brands. I have heard they are harder to handle than your typical wheel type blower. How heavy is the drive system?
Tracked Snow Blower
Posted November 26, 2013 - 06:26 PM
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Posted November 26, 2013 - 08:05 PM
Much heavier. I had a Honda that took everything I had to lift it into a truck bed. The paddles (treads) on the tracks are flexible, they grip as well as tires with chains. Almost. Better than snow hogs.
Posted November 26, 2013 - 08:10 PM
I have a track drive blower I got from my father about 15 years ago. It was about 20 years old then. It is solid & heavy. Has a Tecumesh engine that starts every time. It is basically the same as a regular blower inside, except the final drive axle has a track drive gear on it instead of a wheel. One huge negative is that it is a brute to move. The track doesn't free-wheel, so it either moves under its own power or you have to drag it, pushing it is out of the question. I finally built a cart for moving it around in the garage. One plus is it will climb stairs.
Posted November 26, 2013 - 08:43 PM
I have never used one, but I would say that if it is anything like a tracked skid loader, it is useless on snow. It will pack what it doesn't blow, and then as it scoots around it will create a skating rink.
I might be wrong, like I said I have never used one and it might not be heavy enough to be like a track loader, but I'd be curious to hear if anyone else has seen something similar.
Posted November 26, 2013 - 09:37 PM
Mine doesn't pack the snow under it. If anything, the treads breaks hard-pack into small pieces. It also has a tilt lock that keeps the bottom of the blower dead level with the bottom of the track so it keeps the blower on the driveway surface. Unlock the tilt & you can do anything a normal blower will do.
Posted November 27, 2013 - 04:58 AM
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Posted November 27, 2013 - 05:22 AM
I got to run a tracked blower when I helped a crew a few years ago. I was impressed with the handling of it. The track had cleats on it, kind of snowmobile track style, and there was little slipping. If you have to do a lot of turning, it is a bit harder with tracks. We had a lot of long side walks to do and it worked great for that.