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#1 bolens4life OFFLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2015 - 07:49 PM

Hi guys

Thought I would post pics of my 23. I was down working on the blower as I've run out of room to push the snow. 6 inches on the ground tonight so will see how it works.

Anyway thought I'd share the love of my life....don't tell my wife :)

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Posted March 01, 2015 - 07:51 PM

That thing looks really nice. Power steering is awesome. It will do fine. I used the same blower for two years around my house. Let us know what you think of it.


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 07:52 PM

Very nice,you should be proud of it
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Posted March 01, 2015 - 07:55 PM

Wow, sweet looking machine! :thumbs: I wish my 23 looked that clean... and had power steering... and cruise control... and was running... and... :(


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 07:56 PM

Husky, I used it once before but I was disappointed with the distance it threw the snow. I had the two stage so I know I'm spoiled but it lacked distance even for a single stage. At first I thought the engine Rpms were off but I threw a meter on it and spot on 3600. I believe that is exactly where it should be. My pto belts seem loose so I may try that next. I usually just have the angle plow on it so the pto gets little use.

I'm doing a complete redo on the blower is summer so rounding up parts as we speak.
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Posted March 01, 2015 - 08:08 PM

Nice HT23 I been looking to get my hands on one for years.


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Posted March 01, 2015 - 08:11 PM

Thanks. Every time I get close to selling it, I just can't let it go...
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Posted March 02, 2015 - 01:03 AM

Very nice HT23. Hope you get the blower sorted out.


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Posted March 02, 2015 - 06:31 AM

Sweet HT23! I know that some of the JD folks have changed the chain drive gearing on the 49 single stage thrower to increase the speed by 10% or so. This will increase the throwing distance. With an HT23 you wouldn't need to worry about having the HP needed to run the higher gearing. 


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Posted March 02, 2015 - 07:28 AM

After you've made sure all the parts are spinning true and freely, the main point of concern on a blower's throwing distance is the tolerance between the paddles and the chute on a single stage, or the fan and the housing on a two stage. The slightest gap decreases performance.

Good luck with the test.

I sped up my single stage to the point of sacrificing speed. I cannot go nearly as fast as others, but I can throw anything at least thirty feet. 50-60' with cold, dry snow.

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Posted March 02, 2015 - 08:16 AM

Great looking HT23!



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Posted March 02, 2015 - 07:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the input and ideas. We got about 5 inches of fine cold snow. I also installed some hard rubber over the two paddles in the middle of the auger to take up what turned out to be almost a full inch gap from the wall of the chute to the paddle. Blower was throwing about 10-12 ft. I think that's pretty respectable. I don't know if it was the snow or the mod or both but I'm pretty happy.

Also picked up that 1886 that you might have seen on eBay. Curious what you all think. Two tillers, blade, machine and 2 driveshafts. Paid 1600. I might've overpaid but love the machines....what else can I say. Money is only something you need if you don't die today....
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Posted March 02, 2015 - 09:18 PM

I'm sure it's got a different model # than mine does, (considering yours is on a HT 23 and mine came with a G152 import) but yours and my snowblower are identical. That 10 foot throw is what I got with mine when I first got it.

 

I replaced the bearings on both ends of the shaft, replaced the sprocket on the auger shaft with one a full inch smaller, and replaced the sprocket on the end of the shaft coming from the gearbox with one that barely fit inside that housing. I had to leave the back cover off because the chain would of hit it, and had to make a bigger one. I also welded in new pieces in the cups to close the gap, and balanced the auger by adding welds around the flighting.

 

I also replaced the chute with a home-made one, but kept the spout deflector.

 

With your 23 ponies vs. my 15 hp, yours could easily handle those upgrades and still perform top notch.

 

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 06:10 AM

As a package deal I don't think that you did too bad at @ 1,600.00.

 

There will be a couple of guys that will disagree, but then they think anything over $100.00 for and HT23 with FEL and Backhoe is too much  :bigrofl:


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Posted March 03, 2015 - 07:08 AM

Very nice looking HT23 you have there! Sounds like you are getting some ideas on how to improve the blower!


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