In the last year I picked up an HT23 and later a single stage blower. I have been using a G16xl for my snow chores until yesterday when it developed an oil leak. I got through about 1/3 of what I needed to snow blow of 11" of wet snow at the point I saw dark spots on the snow and discovered the leak. Now it was scramble time to figure out plan B, and it was still snowing too. I stayed up until 11 last night putting the snowblower on, attaching chains, wheel weights, the control rod for the chute, and attaching the chute to the blower, which was off when I got the blower. The paddles on the auger are damaged, so when I went to use it, the chute would just plug up with snow. And it is still snowing. There was no more I could do at that point, so hit the sack. This morning I picked up some bolts and attached bailer belting to the paddles, and backed them up with some 1/8" thick steel due to the damage of the paddles at the periphery of the paddles. Here is what I found:
The bailer belting did the trick, and I was able to finish the rest of the snowblowing without problems.
This snowblower does not blow the snow nearly as far as the G16xl did however, like about half as far. I am under the impression using both set ups, that the auger on the G16xl rotates at a higher rpm then the one on the large frame. This meant that I had to rethink my process of cleaning up the area between the house and the outbuilding. What I figured out is that the large frame re blows snow better then the medium frame, so I was able to blow snow directly in front of my path, and re blow it farther as I proceeded. I still tossed the snow on the driveway to the left or right, since the driveway is not nearly as wide as the rest of the area.
The large frame blower will scrape packed snow better then the medium frame.
The large frame set up will go through deeper piles then the medium frame, enough so that I was pretty impressed with the performance. Rarely did the wheels break traction. Not only were higher weight and hp a factor, being able to infinitely vary the ground speed with the hydro tranny helped immensely.
A hydro lift for the blower is a nice feature. Not having to manually shift gears is a nice feature too! This was basically my first experience getting to use a hydro tranny to blow snow.
I like listening to the twin Kohler engine work. Nice bark to it when the blower would load up. Over all the tractor is quieter then the medium frame.
The large frame will lift the blower higher then the one on the G16. This allowed me to take multiple bites vertically on the piles that shed off the roof.
One thing I didn't like was the location of the handle to turn the chute, as it is right over my foot to work the hydro pedal. I'll figure out a bracket to hold it higher.
I'm pleased with the performance. I could/will get very spoiled with this set up. I am however going to figure out what the oil leak is on the G16 and get it back in service. I like to have a back up. The G16 has given me good service, and was a giant leap over the walkbehind I was using before it!