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Forklift-Mounted Snowblower
“I doubt if there’s anything on the market like it. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” says Paul Row, Springfield, Ontario, who adapted an old 42-in. wide snowblower to his Nissan forklift.                The 1990’s Sears single stage blower was originally designed to be belt-driven by a big riding mower. He used steel tubing to make a mounting frame for it, equipped it with a pair of fork slots, and welded it onto the blower.
    The hydraulic hoses used to “side shift” the pallet forks on the forklift were redirected to operate a hydraulic motor that Row mounted on the blower, just under the forks. A cordless drill controlled from the cab is used to rotate the chute back and forth.
    At 42 in. wide, the blower was narrower than the forklift and Row didn’t want to drive the forklift wheels over deep snow, so he welded wings and skid shoes onto both sides of the blower making it 48 in. wide.
    The side shift hydraulics couldn’t operate the hydraulic motor fast enough to blow snow out as far as he wanted, so he added two sets of pulleys and belts onto the blower to increase auger speed from 200 to 1,000 rpm’s.
    “Using a forklift this way is an inexpensive way to move snow. With chains on the tires, it has a lot of traction,” says Row. “I came up with the idea because my wife Cathy and I operate a rural business building custom furniture and interiors for high end restaurants, mostly in Toronto. We use the forklift around our shop to move things and to load and unload trucks. We needed to clear snow off our driveway and yard, but I have no need for a tractor.
    “If I want I can tilt the snowblower up or down, or raise it 6 ft. high to remove the top of a snowdrift or a big pile of snow. Being able to lift the snowblower high also works great in our shop, because we can service the machine without having to lay on the floor.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Paul Row, 14063 Putnam Road, Springfield, Ontario Canada N0L 2J0 (ph 519 808-1315; info@creativebuild.ca).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #2