1987 - Volume #11, Issue #6, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Giant size snow blower"As far as I know, it's one of the biggest snowblowers ever made for farm use," says Lowell Flitter about the giant-size blower he built for farmer and custom snow blower Wayne Hohenstein, of Garden City, Minn.
Mounted on a 165 hp hydrostatic New Idea Uni-System power unit, it stands 14 ft. high and is 10.5 ft. wide. The six-bladed blower behind the twin augers is 42 in. in dia. The hydraulically-operated spout turns 360? and can be folded in half for easy maneuvering in and out of storage.
Previously, Hohenstein had done custom snow blowing with a 105 hp Uni-System and a 9 ft. wide New Idea blower, the company's largest. "My new, larger Uni-System was wider than the 9 ft. blower and its wheels were always climbing on top of the snow. We had the new wider blower built to solve the problem."
The new blower not only is bigger and wider than the old one, but also is more durable, says Hohenstein. For example, the main drive shaft is 2-7/ 16 in. in dia. A reinforcing ring covers the blades' edges. And the 22 in. augers are constructed of sturdy 3/8 in. flighting.
Flitter says he'll custom-build snow blowers or similar of smaller size for interested farmers. He notes that a smaller, rear-mounted version of Hohenstein's blower could be custom-made for a conventional tractor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lowell Ritter, Lewisville, Minn. 56060 (ph 507 435-2102).
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