1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Snowblower Built Out Of Old CombineI built this self-propelled snowblower out of an old Deere 45 combine after seeing a similar one in FARM SHOW (Vol. 13, No. 1). I call it the Snow King. It works great. The blower mounts in clear view in front of the operator just ahead of the drive wheels, providing excellent traction. I selected the Deere combine because it had variable speed drive. I completely stripped it down, removing both the drive axle and rear axle, as well as the transmission. I mounted a truck frame on top of the axles and cut 27 in. off the steering arm. I discarded the original engine and substituted a 4-cyl. Dodge engine. The radiator, steering column, and other miscellaneous parts, like pulleys and sprockets, were also saved from the Deere combine.
I salvaged the gearbox from an old Gehl feed grinder and reversed it so that it turns the Hiniker snowblower in the right direction. It's fun and easy to operate. The 65 hp engine runs at 2,500 rpms and has plenty of power. There's no power steering, but because most of the weight's over the drive wheels, the rear steering wheels turn easily. And the variable speed drive works great for slowing down and speeding up as needed while blowing snow. (Roger Fisher, RR, Box 9048, Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360)
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