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Tractor-Mounted Snowblower Converted From PTO Drive To Chain Drive
Kenneth L. Nielsen, Marshall, Minn.: "The pto shaft on my big tractor-mounted V-type snowblower operated at a steep angle and broke the yokes frequently. To solve the problem, I converted it to a chain-driven system with a jackshaft.
  "I built a platform on the blower out of 7-in. channel iron. I bolted two pillow block bearings and a short shaft fitted with a spocket to the platform. Then I put a sprocket on the input shaft, installed an idler sprocket for the tightener, and fitted it with a #80 roller chain.
  "Now the pto shaft runs level and the snowblower pulls much easier. It seems to blow more snow with the same amount of power. I know this setup takes a lot of stress off the driveline of the tractor."

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3