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#1 thom OFFLINE  

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 02:52 PM

I'm buying a Bolens Husky 800. It has a blade on it and a snow blower is included in the deal. How do you decide whether to push or blow snow?  My driveway is paved, blacktop, not concrete. Does it depend on how much snow? Or which one you think is the most fun? I will post pics of the Bolens and attachments in a day or two. Thanks.


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 04:13 PM

The blower doesn't work in heavy wet snow. It will get clogged up. The blade is more versatle but when the snow gets deep it may not be able to push. In cold dry snow the blower will work nice. You must have it working right, coat the inside surfaces with a nonstick coating, and not feed into it too fast. The blower will probably make you look like a snowman after a little while. Add wheel weights and chains. Learn about your limited slip differential on that. I'm adding cabs to two tractors this year because I spend too many days plowing. It can be fun seat time. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 04:47 PM

Blower for the deep stuff. Blade for clean up after blowing. Both are fun to use, but you will get tired of changing attachments after a while, so you may as well find another tractor the same so you can use which ever one you want with out all the work of changing attachments. Two is better than one tractor, then three, then four, you get the idea.....     Noel


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 06:00 PM

The blower doesn't work in heavy wet snow. It will get clogged up. The blade is more versatle but when the snow gets deep it may not be able to push. In cold dry snow the blower will work nice. You must have it working right, coat the inside surfaces with a nonstick coating, and not feed into it too fast. The blower will probably make you look like a snowman after a little while. Add wheel weights and chains. Learn about your limited slip differential on that. I'm adding cabs to two tractors this year because I spend too many days plowing. It can be fun seat time. Good Luck, Rick

This pretty much sums it up!


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 06:54 PM

A 2 stage blower will better handle wet snow than a single stage.  That being said, a single can work in wet snow, you just have to find the correct amount of snow to take off on each pass to keep the auger full and pushing it out the chute, to much and it packs the auger, to little and the chute will usualy plug up.  Of coarse having enough horsepower behind it helps.  Certain brands are better than others for how well thier throwers work.  Growing up my friend ran a thrower on a Bolens 1250 and it did well. The Simplicity throwers work well to.  Having a smooth surface inside the auger housing and the chute is very important.  If there is rust or flaking paint, the snow sticks even worse.   Good Luck.   Mike


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 07:06 PM

I'm a huge fan of the snow blowimg. I can put it where I want it and get it away from my drive. I personally like the clean lines I get when I blow the snow vs. plowing.
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Posted October 08, 2014 - 07:39 PM

 

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Blower, thrower or blade does not work well in heavy wet snow. They won't blow, throw it and it's to heavy to push for a blade. Even the big stuff has trouble moving it in my area. I saw a versatile tractor with a blower on it last year, and it was plugged up solid. I guess it depends on your needs and wants as to how to move the wet snow. Noel

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 08:34 PM

That is one badass blower there. I hope I don't get that much snow no matter how fun it would be cleaning it all off. I use a blade because of a gravel / dirt drive way. You have to remember to push the early snows back as far as possible because it might turn to piles of ice and be impossible to move later on. You gotta have room to put subsequent snow falls somewhere.  My dedicated snow repositioning device.IMG_20140924_114806567_HDRcopy.jpg


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Posted October 08, 2014 - 08:47 PM

Blowing snow with a single stage is not a task. It is not a chore, nor is it fun. It is an art form. If you have a properly adjusted and maintained blower, and enough hp behind it, there is no snowfall it can't handle. I can move standing water with mine. It's all about feeding the proper amount to the paddle, at the right pace.

Remember to play the wind, also.

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 04:58 AM

Blowing snow with a single stage is not a task. It is not a chore, nor is it fun. It is an art form. If you have a properly adjusted and maintained blower, and enough hp behind it, there is no snowfall it can't handle. I can move standing water with mine. It's all about feeding the proper amount to the paddle, at the right pace.

 

Remember to play the wind, also.

 

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Amen brother!

 

Folks can sing the praises of the two stage blower all they want, but when it comes to moving massive amounts of snow the single stage flat out rules.

 

 What most folks don't understand is that a single stage needs a LOT of snow to really work efficiently.

 

I would opt for a snowblower for the heavy snow and a blade for the lighter stuff.


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Posted October 09, 2014 - 05:35 AM

I can't wait to get a blower for my simplicity I had one for my 520 wheel horse and was not that happy with it. The thing just seemed to not have the giddy up it needed


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Posted October 09, 2014 - 05:41 AM

Blower is for big snowfalls. Plus, you won't be running out of room at the edge of your driveway if you use a snowblower.
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Posted October 09, 2014 - 06:24 AM

Blower is for big snowfalls. Plus, you won't be running out of room at the edge of your driveway if you use a snowblower.

I didn't run out of room last year with the Jacobsen blower but it was stacked about 12' high in many places.



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Posted October 09, 2014 - 06:47 AM

I use both, actually one is a two-fer
I have a back blade and a front blade on one machine, back blade for getting in close on my odd nooks and crannies, and the blower for the open spaces.

Usually, I bring it all out from around my sheds, into a line and then use the blower to relocate across the road (no neighbors there)

Weights and chains are mandatory to use either effectively, IMHO.
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