2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built 6-Ft. Wide Snowblower
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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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