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Swather-Mounted Snow Blower
"The unit is extremely maneuverable and the Chrysler 225 cu. in. slant six engine has plenty of power," says David J. Siebold who mounted a snow blower on front of a Massey 655 Hydro swather.
The 7-ft. wide Inland snow blower throws snow from 5 to 50 ft. The deflector at the top of the spout is controlled by the pickup reel control. Siebold used an electric winch to control direction of the spout.
He added 9 in. wings made of 3/16 in. plate on each side of the blower so overall width is 8 ft., 6 in. to match the swather's tire track width. He used chains on the tires for added traction and installed a heater in the cab.
The same rams that originally controlled the swather's table height are used to control the snow blower height.
"The swather header pto shaft turned the opposite direction the blower required so I mounted a 15-in. implement tire on the blower drive and a wide pulley that turns against the tire so it reverses drive direction. By adjusting air pressure in the tire, I can adjust blower slippage to protect it from dam-age if a foreign object goes through it."
In winter, Siebold uses the snow blower to clear snow on his farm and at several neighbors.
"In summer I put the swather header, which is equipped with a hay crimper, back on," he says. "This gives me year-around use of my swather, which otherwise would be a one-season machine."
Cost of the project was about $6,000 (Canadian), including $4,500 for the swather and $1,000 for the snow blower.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David J. Siebold, Box 477, Rimbey, Alberta, Canada TOC 2JO (ph 403 748-3582).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6