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Home-Built 6-Ft. Wide Snowblower
Harold Tribitt used the frame, fan and gearbox from a snowblower he’d built earlier as the foundation for a new machine that’s 50 percent larger. The original gearbox came from two right angle Hub City boxes that he located in Aberdeen, S. Dak. He used two end plates to make a centerline shaft for the fan and still have the right angle drive to the auger.
    Tribitt had MacSteel in Watertown build the fan housing from 1/4- in. plate steel after he made them a wood template. He welded the ends on the main housing, drilled holes and mounted the end bearings. He made a new auger 2 ft. longer than the first machine from 2-in. double wall square tubing. A movable spout on top rotates with a steering-wheel-type shaft. It’s connected to a 12-volt reversible motor with a switch near the operator platform of his tractor.
    Tribitt made paddles to pull snow into the machine from 1/4-in. by 3-in. strap iron. They’re welded to a circular tube to produce a snow cutting device that’s 15 in. in diameter. He likes his paddle design on the in-feed because the paddles cut easily into drifted hard snow much better than conventional augers, which tend to crawl up and over a hard-packed bank.
    Tribitt had MacSteel bend sheet metal to form the back frame for the blower. He says the cost for steel and out-of-pocket labor was about $200.
    “I wanted a larger blower because with the 4-ft. model I always had to remove the duals on my tractor, and then it didn’t have enough traction,” Tribitt says. “With the 6-ft. blower I can keep the duals on, get plenty of traction and blow more snow in less time.” His articulated home-made tractor has a 4-cylinder gas engine from a self-propelled swather, dual wheels all around from a 1960 Chevy pickup and a hydrostat from a 400 International windrower.” Tribitt says it’s a great snow blowing rig in the winter and an equally productive lawn and garden tractor in the summer.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harold Tribitt, 16108 482nd Ave., Revillo, S. Dak. 57259 (ph 605 623-6622; htribitt@hotmail.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1