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Snowblower Conversion Improves Throw
Arthur Freymiller, Fennimore, Wis.: “Last year I bought a new Toro 2-stage, walk-behind snowblower and noticed that there is more than 1/4 in. of clearance between the blower paddles and the walls of the chute. So much clearance allows snow to leak by, which is why many snowblowers don’t blow snow very far. I got to thinking that silo blowers have very little clearance, which is why they can blow silage all the way up a silo. So I decided to install a poly liner in the snowblower chute to remove the excess clearance.
  “I cut a strip of poly, softened it up in hot boiling water, and bent it into a circular shape. I drilled two holes into it and bolted it onto the chute, countersinking the bolts so nothing can catch on them. The liner rubbed on the paddles in a couple of places, so I ground those spots down a bit.
  “It worked - right away the snowblower started throwing snow out much farther. Over the years FARM SHOW has published stories on farmers who converted old forage blowers into snowblowers that blow snow out a long ways, and it’s easy to see why.”

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3