I'm sitting here contemplating my winter tractor plans and have a question for those of you using your tube frames for snow blowing duty. My question arises from a dilemma: I've got 2 snow blowers that I'm considering - a 36" and a 32" - and am leaning toward the 32" for a few reasons. From a pure mechanics standpoint, the 32" is easier for the tractor to run - albeit marginally - and it's slightly easier on the manual lift operator - also marginally. The bigger part of the equation is that my 32" blower is in better shape. Whichever blower misses the cut is going up for sale prior to winter, so this decision also carries with it some permanence.
My first question is have any of you used the 32" blowers with a 1050? And what are your opinions as compared to the 36"? Does the fact that the blower is narrower than the tractor's footprint come into play at all? My gut feeling is that the differences are probably extremely trivial and I should probably keep the unit that is in better shape.
Also, the 1050 and blower will only be used for big snow storms when blowing is necessary. I'm hanging up the tube frame plow this year and using a 1400 Eliminator for the grunt work
LAST QUESTION: Do any of you have an extra bracket for the chute rotation arm (the one that attaches to the right side of the tractor by the foot board)? I'd like to find one in decent shape without spending an arm and a leg!