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#1 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted January 19, 2014 - 01:26 PM

Took a drive with my boy yesterday morning, to fetch a bargain blower for the Legacy.  It looks nearly new.  I'm not a big fan of blowing snow...never cared for dealing with, or working inside of a cab, and blowing always covers an unprotected operator with snow.  It's always been slow going and cumbersome.

 

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BUT...after rolling the dice on this monster, I think a blower will be a regular tool for me!  This is worlds apart from the 36" and 42" single stage blowers I have been used to in years past.  My snow banks are rock solid, and a single stage wouldn't be effective.  This unit tunnels right into the banks and I'm amazed at how far it will throw this stuff...easily twice as far as the 42" single I have been using this winter on the Homelite T-16.

 

I pulled the loader, which is pretty simple on the Legacy.  There are 2 bolts, and one pin that hold the unit to the frame and subframe.

 

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The blower utilizes the same subframe as a dozer on this machine.  This blower is quite easy to mount, despite being very, very heavy.  The subframe mounts with 4 pins, the lift rod with one on either end, and then the blower hitch mounts to the tractor with 4 clevis pins.  The blower is a quick-hitch design, and can be mounted to the hitch using the tractor's lift, hands free.  Once mounted, 2 spring loaded pins hold it in place.

 

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The chute rotator is operated through the dash toggle, and the chute deflector, through a cable control mounted to the dash.

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Posted January 19, 2014 - 03:37 PM

Holy moly, that's a monster.
Now, while the Homelite is idle: Switch the 7" pulley on the blower for a 6", and inspect the paddles for clearence to the back of the housing. If it's over 1/8", do the rubber flap trick or weld on the paddles to bring them back close again.

Why? No idea, you'll never use it again.
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Posted January 19, 2014 - 03:51 PM

No Cat, he doesn't need to do that, he just needs to tell me to come pick it up so I can put it on my T-16 and I will make the mods to it !

 

Why? He will never use it again and I will!     LOL

 

Looks good josh. Those are great blowers. Neighbor down the road has one and he loves it. I don't think he gets coated with snow with that 2nd stage in it. 

Good Luck with it.     Roger.


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Posted January 19, 2014 - 09:31 PM

Roger, I quickly noticed that the extra distance from the blower, as well as the ability to better control direction and deflection, keeps me out of the snow dust much moreso than with the Sovereign series setups I have had now, and in the past.  It seems like this unit has a bit more velocity behind it as well, which really gets the snow out and away.



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Posted January 20, 2014 - 07:46 AM

Glad the family trip brought home a useful tool (toy)

You're going to have to bust the video camera back out :D

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Posted January 20, 2014 - 09:03 AM

The whole tractor/attachments  design seems well thought out ,  thanks for the pictures of all the mountings too



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Posted January 20, 2014 - 10:06 AM

At first, when comparing with how simple their garden tractor attachments mount, I thought the Legacy subframe setup looked convoluted, but it's not at all, just different than what I'm used to.  It's actually extremely stout, and spreads the load nicely.  

 
I will get the GoPro out for some seat time.  No fresh snow worthy of a blower at this point.  I was in a rush for my test run, and hadn't a clue what I was doing, so the camera stayed behind  =]  The remote controls for the chute are a dream come true, but take some getting used to...no wonder folks are always scabbing window motors on their blowers!  I may run it to move some banks back tonite, if I can fit it in before dark.


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Posted January 20, 2014 - 05:06 PM

You can clear plenty of snow with that monster.


Nice loader as well!
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Posted January 25, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Got my chance to use the 2-stage this morning.  Wow...it's impressive.  It will use all of the 25hp from the CH25.  It handles the blower well, but a diesel would be ideal for this attachment.

 

They were calling for 4-8"...I got 10".  It was good, heavy system snow, not fluffy lake effect, since the passing storm warmed us to around 30 degrees last nite.  The end of the drive was piled up from the road plows, and knee deep.  The size of that Legacy makes the depth deceiving.  It was fun, and I'm loving the chute and spout controls.

 

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Posted February 02, 2014 - 08:49 PM

The snow would have gotten the best of me by now, if it weren't for this darn blower.  It really rocks. 

 

 

I added driftcutters, made a worn out 42" dozer blade cutting edge, and they do a great job. 

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The snow has been pretty relentless, and I've had a few folks offering to trade things I love (beer, food & $$) for some snowblowing service, as people have simply run out of room to move the stuff.  The forecast is for continued cold and snow, so people are clearing roofs, calling in heavy machinery to move piles, etc.  That blower is unstoppable, and I'm real happy to have it.

 

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While I partook in some free brews, I let my buddy have his hand at the controls of the Legacy.  With foot controls on the right for ground speed and direction, foot controls for the implement lift on the left, chute angle remote on the LH side of the dash and spout rotator on the RH side of the dash, there's a lot going on when running the blower.  When cutting the icy hardpack along the drive and road, traction becomes and issue too, so the left heel is used to lock the differential when needed (and that works great!).  Here's a few shots of him playin in the snow.  You really have to watch where you're aiming!

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I logged just shy of 7 hours on the tractor Saturday, with a few stops like this one.  Got home around 9pm.  It was a long day...but was a blast.  Nearing a pretty big milestone for the 25 horse Command!

 

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Posted February 02, 2014 - 09:38 PM

Did ya burn a wee bit of fuel through it, then?
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Posted February 03, 2014 - 01:01 AM

Nice! Really happy for you that it's exceeding your expectations and even paying for itself.
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Posted February 03, 2014 - 08:26 AM

Did ya burn a wee bit of fuel through it, then?

 

Yeah, it's a thirsty one!  Luckily, it wasn't my fuel that burnt.  I figure it burns about 2 gallons per hour blowing snow....give or take, but it's really chugging through.  The bottom layers of our snowpack are still from mid November, and have survived a few thaws.  We had almost this much on the ground once before, then 2 days of rain before that deep freeze set it.  Some of the stuff coming out of the chute is the consistency of a blended margarita and it sounds like rocks going in.


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 07:54 PM

I added another hour or so this week at home, then loaded up last nite to head South this morning, to my folks house to help reclaim some driveway space for them, and reopen a walkway for the old man to get out to his barn.

 

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My folks are limited on the north side of the drive by a large hedge, so all that snow went behind the house.  Tough to tell because everything is white, but the snow is hard as a rock, and much of it had been rained on and refrozen weeks ago.

 

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After...about 2.5hrs on the Legacy

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Had a great time!  I actually started getting leg cramps from working the foot pedals for so long!

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I backed the old girl onto the trailer, then brushed off the gauge pod to peek at my fuel level...this is what I saw staring back at me!

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:12 PM

Ok, now how are you planning on celebrating? A cake? new oil? Heated seat cushion?

Glad you had a good time today, and thanks for sharing the efforts of your hard work.
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