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#1 sixmilelen OFFLINE  

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Posted January 20, 2011 - 01:11 PM

Have a 22 hp Craftsman tractor with Northeast snowblower. It has chains and 150 lbs in weights,yet even on the slightest slope with hard packed icy snow I get stuck with the wheels just spinning. I am reluctant to add more weight and the chains are V links,which I think should provide good traction. Any suggestions??

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Posted January 20, 2011 - 01:43 PM

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What does the Northeast weigh & how far out in front is it?
I'll bet you're still light in the rear end, but you have to watch putting on too much frame weight. It'd be better to add wheel weight(s) then there's less stress on the axles.

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Posted January 20, 2011 - 04:37 PM

I am wondering if your power to weight ratio is askew! 22 HP makes for a lot of torque. Do you spin the tires readily on dry grass in the summer or on pavement? Just trying to get a feel for the set-up...pics would be nice :D

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Posted January 20, 2011 - 05:03 PM

spinning tires is as simple as not having enough pressure on them.

load up the rear until it breaks. then take off 50lbs

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Posted January 20, 2011 - 05:28 PM

sixmilelen:welcometogttalk:



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Posted January 20, 2011 - 09:56 PM

A picture of your set up may help us give you some ideas. If it is a big heavy blower you could almost be balancing on the front axle and have now weight left on the rear wheels for traction. Also make sure the front tires are pumped up to their max air pressure as under inflated tires will not roll near as well as properly inflated ones. Make sure the front wheel bearings are lubed up to help them turn easier. It sure sounds like you need more weight in back to off set the weight of the blower.

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 01:49 PM

I am not sure if the frame will take extra weight without damage. Will research that suggestion

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 02:32 PM

The small rears aren't helping you out at all, but if you load the rear tires and get the heaviest wheel weights you can find to fit them, it will help a lot!

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 03:47 PM

What do think about filling the wheels with calcium chloride. I have a Case 646 under restoration and it helped when it was in use

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 03:49 PM

i would fill with windshield washer fluid or see if there are any rim gaurd dealers in your area. both are more rim friendly than Calcium.

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 05:38 PM

NO unless you want your rims to look like swiss cheese. Washer fluid like Chuck said is better, not as heavy. The rim guard is the best, but most expensive.

I would be hesitant to to put that weight on the back. Its a little confusing. From one perspective you have slip on drive wheels with a retaining bolt. But, the front axle will support that 2 stage blower which is about 200 lbs? If you take it slow I dont think you will have any problems with the axle snapping

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 07:08 PM

Never had a snow blower but was wondering if the whole weight of the blower is off the ground ,then filled with snow that would be very heavy or does the blower ride on skids to take the weight off ?

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 07:21 PM

Sixmilelen welcome to GT Talk. Just wondering if you had the Sears model to your blower.

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 08:13 PM

Never had a snow blower but was wondering if the whole weight of the blower is off the ground ,then filled with snow that would be very heavy or does the blower ride on skids to take the weight off ?

The blowers ride on a skid plate ( I'm sure there is a more technical term ) so it is resting on the ground when you are using it.
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Posted January 21, 2011 - 08:34 PM

Well that make sense , Couldn't figure out it could hold up all that weight !!!




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