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Front-Mount Snowblower
If you've got an older tractor with a rear-mount snowblower, you'll be interested in how Andrew Easter mounted his snow-blower on front of his tractor.
"Mounting it up front instead of on back gives me better visibility, better handling and more versatility," says the Cockeysville, Md., farmer. "The 1959 Deere 730 D I use it on had a pretty fast reverse, which made it extra difficult to use on the rear."
His front-mount 7 1/2-ft. Lucknow snowblower is driven off a shop-built transfer case mounted on the rear pto shaft. A 10-ft. driveshaft built from Schedule 80 pipe runs from the transfer case, which re-verses direction of the output shaft to accommodate front-mounting, under the rear axle up to the right front side of the tractor. A bearing in the middle of the shaft helps to support it.
A 4-in. channel iron frame runs from the drawbar up to the snowblower. Two custom-built caster wheel assemblies also help support the weight of the snowblower.
They bolt onto the snowblower frame. The wheels are lowered and raised up to 10 in. via a 3/8-in. dia. cable running back to the tractor's 3 pt.
Anti-sway chains running from the front of the tractor to each side of the snowblower keep it stable.
Out-of-pocket expense was about $800, much of it for the transfer case.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, An-drew Easter, 14210 Cuba Road, Cockeysville, Md. 21030 (ph 410 584-1128).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6