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Rear Assist Blade For Snowblower
"It lets me travel forward at 7 to 8 mph in-stead of backing up at 2 to 3 mph," says Kenneth G. Gadd, Moose Jaw, Sask., who built a rear assist blade that attaches to his snowblower to help roll in snow.
The 8-ft. wide 1 1/2-ft. high blade attaches to Gadd's 8-ft. Farm King snow-blower. It's built out of a section of steel water tank, 1/4-in. thick. The curvature of the blade helps push snow into the snow-blower.
The blade trails 2 1/2 to 3 ft. behind the snowblower. It attaches to the snowblower with 3-ft. long floating arms built out of 2 by 4-in. tubing. They mount on the blow on 1 1/2-in. dia. shafts.
A boat winch mounted on top of the snowblower raises the blade for backing up.
To use, Gadd raises the snowblower about 9 in. off the ground and drives for-ward with the blade rolling snow into it.
He uses a Ford 5000 65 hp tractor to pull the rig.
"It'll handle as much snow as the tractor can get through," he says. "It's much faster and more convenient than backing up."
Out-of-pocket expense was minimal and Gadd says a similar rig could be built out of all new materials for about $200.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kenneth G. Gadd, Box 20002 - 428 Lillooet, Moose Jaw, Sask., Canada S6H 8A4 (ph 306 693-2184).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6