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I'm sitting here contemplating my winter tractor plans and have a question for those of you using your tube frames for snow blowing duty. My question arises from a dilemma: I've got 2 snow blowers that I'm considering - a 36" and a 32" - and am leaning toward the 32" for a few reasons. From a pure mechanics standpoint, the 32" is easier for the tractor to run - albeit marginally - and it's slightly easier on the manual lift operator - also marginally. The bigger part of the equation is that my 32" blower is in better shape. Whichever blower misses the cut is going up for sale prior to winter, so this decision also carries with it some permanence.

My first question is have any of you used the 32" blowers with a 1050? And what are your opinions as compared to the 36"? Does the fact that the blower is narrower than the tractor's footprint come into play at all? My gut feeling is that the differences are probably extremely trivial and I should probably keep the unit that is in better shape.

Also, the 1050 and blower will only be used for big snow storms when blowing is necessary. I'm hanging up the tube frame plow this year and using a 1400 Eliminator for the grunt work :thumbs:

LAST QUESTION: Do any of you have an extra bracket for the chute rotation arm (the one that attaches to the right side of the tractor by the foot board)? I'd like to find one in decent shape without spending an arm and a leg!
 

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I use the 32" on my G12 with 145 hp Tec engine. Tires are loaded, chains and it works good. Only problem is backing up with the blower raised on softer ground. Lot of times we get snow before the ground freezes. I have the lift assist kit on the tractor which helps a ton to lift the thrower. Lot depends on the snow. Dry not much problem. Wet heavy stuff that 10 hp may have a load hard for it to handle. The width has not been a problem. I use the thrower for the bulk of it and do the clean up with the blade.
 

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IMO, If you plan to keep the tractor, I would stash the spare blower. They don't make them any more...

Paul
 

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I use the 32" on my G12 with 145 hp Tec engine. Tires are loaded, chains and it works good. Only problem is backing up with the blower raised on softer ground. Lot of times we get snow before the ground freezes. I have the lift assist kit on the tractor which helps a ton to lift the thrower. Lot depends on the snow. Dry not much problem. Wet heavy stuff that 10 hp may have a load hard for it to handle. The width has not been a problem. I use the thrower for the bulk of it and do the clean up with the blade.
Thanks for the input. Can you post a picture of the lift assist you're referencing? I've got a box of extra parts and would like to see if that's one of the things I have, and if so, how to connect it properly.

IMO, If you plan to keep the tractor, I would stash the spare blower. They don't make them any more...

Paul
Thanks, Paul. I'm actually addicted to the point that I have a revolving inventory, so anything that isn't in the condition I'd like it to be in is acquired - just to have - until I find an upgrade in better shape! I think I'm Bolens for life at this point...
 

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Will try and remember to get one this evening when I am down that way after a battery.
 

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Lift 1.JPG Lift 2.JPG Lift 3.JPG

The hole in the bracket laying on the foot rest goes over the bottom pin on the lift lever. This is mounted on a
Tecumseh engine tractor. The bolt I mounted it on would not come out of the frame with the engine installed so I cut a slot in the bracket to slide under the bolt head. That bracket can be mounted where convenient and either hole, front or back can be used. I got a shorter eye bolt b for this set up. Has to be removed for rear attachments as it works against you.
 

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How about putting wings on the 32" snowcaster like Bolens had available for the bigger snowcasters on the Large Frames?
 

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So what exactly is this? I've seen them attached to the lift lever, but only with mower decks on. Seems like it would apply downward pressure to the attachments, which doesn't make sense to me, as gravity pulls them down in a hurry.
 

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So what exactly is this? I've seen them attached to the lift lever, but only with mower decks on. Seems like it would apply downward pressure to the attachments, which doesn't make sense to me, as gravity pulls them down in a hurry.
Thats for a Mower deck, it sort of helps them float on uneven terrain.
 

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Thats for a Mower deck, it sort of helps them float on uneven terrain.
Thanks. And I know I've bought parts from you in the past, do you know where I can find that chute rotation arm bracket that mounts near the right foot board? If you don't have any, do you know of anyone on here that does?
 
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