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Built-From-Scratch Snowblower; Forklift
Handling heavy winter snowfalls is no longer a chore for Canadian farmer Maurice New-ton. He actually looks forward to moving snow thanks to the big self-propelled blower he built from scratch using a variety of components.
"I credit other FARM SHOW readers for the inspiration to build this machine. I love all the great ideas in FARM SHOW and the way people make useful machines out of parts that would otherwise go in the junk pile," says Newton.
He designed his machine around a 7-ft. wide double auger blower that he already owned. He used a heavy-duty frame from a 5-ton truck, a drive axle off a Deere 45 combine (because it was narrow enough to fit behind the blower), a cab from a Massey Ferguson combine, and a rear steering axle from a 1-ton 4-WD Chevy pickup with lock-out hubs. Power is supplied by a 2000 Series CharLyn hydraulic motor that chain-drives an axle pinion gear.
A 404 cu. in. Deere diesel engine is direct coupled - with a universal joint - to a 550 Massey Ferguson hydraulic pump which in turn drives the 550 hydrostatic motor. The motor drives the imput shaft on the Deere transmission that drives the Deere drive axle. Newton had to make a special adapter to join the hydraulic motor to the clutch housing on the transmission.
To drive the blower, Newton had to ma-chine a clutch housing to join the diesel engine to a 4-speed truck transmission that drives a one-to-one drop box which reverses the rotation of the output shaft to drive the blower in the right direction.
Finally, Newton made a 3-pt. quick hitch to hold the blower. The hitch is controlled by a hydraulic top link that allows him to tilt the blower as needed.
"The self-propelled blower has a variable speed range from 0 to 16 mph thanks to the hydrostatic control and the three ranges in the combine axle. The power steering, heated cab, great visibility and outstanding maneuverability make it a pleasure and comfort to operate," says Newton.
When he's not moving snow, he unhitches the blower and mounts a set of quick-tach forklift forks for doing jobs around the farm. Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Maurice Newton, Rt. 4, Shelburne, Ontario L0N 1S8 Canada (ph 519 925-5394).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2