I am looking for a snowblower for this tractor. However I am seeing it is difficult to find one. Is there an alternative company (ariens, simplicity, etc) that made a snowblower that might attach with little modifications?
What tractor do you exactly have? the 50 series use a belt driven blower (42'') and the 55's used a shaft driven blower (48''). I think sears/craftman used the same blowers, but i do know that they do not bolt right up. Where are you locatated? Someone might be able to help you out near by...... possibly me.
When I bought my MF 1655 it came with a Ariens snowblower 48" dual stage.The previous owner had made mounts out of 3" x1/4 flat bar.I didn't think it worked to well so I made a differnt mount out of 1x1 sq tubing and made it quick attach to the tractor.I don't have the Ariens attached to the 1655 as I've made it to fit onto a different tractor.Last fall I made a 38" snapper dual stage blower into a 48" wide blower and made it fit onto the MF 1655.I don't know how to post the link to it . Its posted in the Mechanical Forum under Snapper 38" blower made into 48" Do a search and its there.Larry
Thanks. I just read your work and that was incredible. I don't think I could do that. I am hoping if can find an original snowblower or a snowblower by another make that has a shaft drive. I think I have the ability to create a mount as long as I can connect the pto. I saw a gravely snowblower that was shaft drive. Once I have makes of blowers I can start my search for them along with my search for an original blower.
I will be mounting 46 inch haban (sears) snow blower on my 1655 later this year. This snow blower is belt driven off of a vertical shaft engine. the thing with this blower it there is a 90 degree gear box at the back of the blower where it attaches to the frame under your feet. This gear box drives a shaft that travels forward to the front of the snow blower to drive the fan and auger. I will be removing the gear box and building a shaft on pillow blocks that will run pulleys (sprockets) down to the shaft under the snow blower . This upper shaft will be driven by the same pto shaft that drives the belly mount mower.
The gearbox pulley and idler pulley will be gone and that is where I will mount the driven shaft from the front PTO. Not sure if I will drive the lower shaft with chain or pulley.
the pulley will be quieter but the chain will be positive in the snow conditions here is a web page with a little better picture as to how the shaft is driven underneath the blower frame http://www.searspartsdirect.com/par...0049315/00004?blt=06&prst=&shdMod=&SID=CJxPDx
Just to save you some extra work possibly?? Check the rotation of everything to make sure it'll all be turning in the right direction.When I took the blower from my MF 1655 and mounted it to my MF gc 2300 I mounted it all up to fit and the first time I turned it on the blower was running backwards.The front pto on one rotated cw and ccw on the other so lesson learned.Larry
here are some pictures of the real snow blower and yes the rotation is correct I am hoping this thing throws snow to no end. As you can see the gear box that will be removed and a shaft on pillow blocks will sit where the driven pulley is now with pulleys ( sprockets) driving down to the lower shaft. This blower is very well built should last a long time:smile1: