Hi MF folks, the 12G got a workout tonight after I got home from work. All I caught about the storm was that at the airport (2 miles away) there was 2-1/2 inches of water in the snowfall. Don't know the snowfall total. 30-40 mph wind. Anyway I got the old 2wd Sonoma out this morning to get to work after getting a couple of runs at drifts but got stuck in the driveway a couple times coming back home. Dark when I left, dark when returning home!
The tractor did the job well and here's a couple of things I learned. Some more rear weight would be good. It seemed to struggle a little but maybe it was my haphazard methods of plowing since this was the first serious test of snow removal for me with this tractor. It took me about an hour and a half. I'm sure once I learn the tractor it will speed up.
I have the seat moved back a bit further than the factory holes allow and that did give me a reach problem at times raising the blade. The angle change works smooth as can be but since I could never change the angle on the MF8E all these years it doesn't come natural to the operator how to use it to his advantage yet!
Engine wise, I'm 99% pleased with how it runs. Very smooth and comparatively quiet. Still have some periodic flooding at idle. Soon as it gets "off idle" it runs awesome! It will idle low and smooth if I turn the fuel tank shutoff almost completely closed with the carb shutoff wide open. When I give it throttle it wants the tank shutoff opened more. Since this thing ain't gonna just sit and idle much It can be lived with. I have never dealt with a float in the carb that had a needle with a spring on it. It makes me think that with the fuel outlet on the gas tank being 3 or 4 inches higher than the tank that was removed has more "head pressure" being put on the needle. It only happens during low fuel demand. Now that everyone is completely confused with that description, Here's a couple of pics.
I need to tighten the springs on the blade return as it doesn't come completely back up against the stop.
Oh yeah, I still didn't get time to build a guard on the blade yet but It almost never touched the gravel hard anyway!
Edited by MFDAC, December 16, 2015 - 11:14 PM.