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front mount or rear mount snowblower
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:34:55 AM »
I currently have a 45 hp new holland tractor with rear mount snowblower and hydraulic chute. One of the reasons I went with new holland years ago was because their seat swiveled about 20 degrees and it makes turning around looking backwards easier.  I was always able to use my front bucket to break up high banks for my neighbors that would call me that have cottages and only come up a couple times in winter.  Then it was easy to finish blowing their drives out.  The neighbor came over the other day with a smaller 23 hp kubota with front mount blower and it was pretty amazing how much easier it was.  None of the driveways I do are very long I may be selling my glass business in the near future and I will be getting a hydrostatic drive tractor with factory cab and leave the current set up with my glass shop. The new holland I have currently is gear drive and I do not like it for blowing snow. I only drove the kubota for a few minutes but it was definitely easier on my neck and back. I do not quite understand how the front mount is all attached yet I am going to a dealer and see what is involved to mount the front blower every year.

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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 07:14:26 AM »
The Kubota likely has a mid mount pto that faces forward. It will have the standard rear mount as well.

I used one at the airport with the front mount snow blower and a box blade on the rear great for any kind of snow clean up.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 07:21:59 AM »
I can see why the gear would be a bother. I had a kubota and I was not impressed with thier front mount blower with that model. I think walmart snow blowers had thicker steel.  :o  That is why I went with a rear mounted one,3/16 steel. I have a dirt driveway and than I live on a dirt road. With the rear one,I just turn sideways in the seat and go. I do have problems with my neck,but it does not bother blowing the snow. Tractor is a hydro. Than when I got rid of the kubota,I was able to put it on the back of a NH. Kinda hard to get any front mount and than put it on another kind of tractor.  ;D
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 07:35:08 AM »
I have an 8.5 foot rear mount that spends 99% of its life buried in a snow bank. I plow about a half mile of driveway and lots of yard area, by the time I snowblow it all my neck and back hurt for 2 weeks from all the turning. And when it snows daily my neck would be busted until june.

I always say someday I'm gong to engineer it to a front mount with a driveline from the rear.

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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 07:39:29 AM »
Friend of mine has a 50 something horse Kubota with a 7 foot front mount blower with hydrostatic trans.  Nice set up, has a mid mount pto, not too bad to put on in the fall and take off in the spring but I wouldn't want to do it after every snow.  He lives out of state so I do the snowblowing pretty often.  He has a lot of out buildings and the barn.  The bucket would be real handy cleaning the snow away from the buildings.  If I was setting one up I think after using his set up I personally would go with the rear mount to have the bucket available when I needed it.  But I haven't used a rear mount so could be the neck/back aches may not be worth the trade off.

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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 09:59:42 AM »
  I have the Kubota BX2670 with a 4' front blower. There is what they call a quick attach for front mounted stuff but I think they could have done better, maybe they have, but after you've done it a few times it's not too bad. I have about 1,000' of gravel drive plus assorted side paths and should make better skids but overall I like it, wouldn't want to do everything in reverse.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 10:07:38 AM »
Glassman,
Here's a link that shows the mounting mechanism for the Kubota front mount.
http://beckmannag.com/heavy-metal/bombardier/snowblower

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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 10:25:25 AM »
Glassman NH is very nice tractor and great company. I bet they would have an option to bolt right on to your current tractor. I have a 5' rear mount blower. I used to have a kubota B8200 that had the 2 speed rear PTO. the snowbolower worked great on high speed pto but now that I upgraded to a larger tractor I lost the 2 speed option. the snowblower is no longer as impressive :(

I to have toyed with the idea of making my snowblower mount on the front of the tractor with a driveline from the rear PTO. backing up sux. if I could get a front mount I would. Of course with my current driveway I have ditches on both sides and it runs through the woods so I find myself using the UTV with the plow to fill in both ditches with snow. Only time I use the snowblower now is when I run out of space to push snow.

Front mount snowblower would be worth every penny. still give you the ability to get right up tight to buildings.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 10:34:31 AM »
When I bought my Kubota it came with an 8 foot rear blower.
I refused to even put it on my tractor. I sold it and bought a blade.
there is no way i'm driving around backwards all day.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2018, 10:58:58 AM »
My tractor bucket is too valuable for many reasons to have a blower on the front.That is if you only have one tractor.If you have a dedicated snowblower tractor,mount it on the front.Personally I hate going backwards.
 I had a blower on my L2550 and really didn't care for it.It wasn't well suited for my property and running the tractor at high rpm's for long periods of time was annoying.For my needs the q/a Fisher plow on the front is the best.....so far.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2018, 11:25:28 AM »
Call your local tractor dealers and have them bring you a tractor and blower to demo. I would ask for them to put a front mount and a rear mount on it. Then you can decide for yourself before buying whats best for your particular use.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2018, 11:32:27 AM »
  I've blown a lot of snow with a rear mount 7' blower.  It hasn't been used in several years now since we put plows on trucks and have a skid steer none of which cause a stiff neck.  If I was going to set up a tractor for snow removal it would have a cab, a front end loader with a quick connect to switch between a power angle snow blade and a bucket.  On the back I'd have this  ;) ;D 8) for weight and just because it's  8) 8) 8) 8)
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2018, 01:05:53 PM »
Corley5,
That is quite a snowblower,I'm sure it's cheap too.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2018, 01:08:12 PM »
Yup, looks cheap to me ;) :D :) :)  I read somewhere they're around $15,000.00 Canadian :)
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2018, 01:49:09 PM »
you know there is a rear mount snowblower out there designed to be pulled going forward. My complaint with that is packing the snow before trying to scoop it up and blow it away. But they are pretty nice.

heh quick search brings up pronovost inverted snowblower
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2018, 01:54:14 PM »
I think Meteor makes an inverted blower.  I agree about packing it down first.  Sometimes the snow is too deep to drive through.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2018, 01:56:49 PM »
I had an inverted blower once, it was only good in small amounts of fluffy snow. Worthless in deep snow and even more worthless in wet/packy snow.

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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2018, 02:01:46 PM »
was it single stage? I can't imagine that dragging vs pushing would cause a snowblower to fail that badly. Unless it was designed as a push and the mount changed to pull. That would cause a lot of problems.
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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2018, 03:03:43 PM »
Just the fact that the tractor had to drive through the snow before it got moved was the problem. In wet snow the tractor would pack down under the tires so hard the blower would just ride on top of the iced humps. Even in deep fluffy snow it struggled. But then again we get more snow than most places, so they may work fine in other areas.

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Re: front mount or rear mount snowblower
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2018, 06:02:41 PM »
sorry guys, I did not have my notify button on:( I am going to go and look at a tractor with front blower on and see how hard it is to take on and off and demo it at a dealer.  I am 64 years old, and the only system I ever used was the rear blower with front bucket.  My 1st tractor was 29 hp new holland with curtis cab and hydro trans.  it did better in snow than my 45 hp gear tractor is doing now.  I did not want to spend an extra 8 grand and not be that much farther ahead, I use my bucket to get up close to building and doors, mailbox etc.  Thanks for all the input. 


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