1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"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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