I purchased a Husqvarna 21Hp riding lawn tractor and was interested in
buying a snow thrower attachment for it. I just wondered if anybody
out there has any experience with a snow thrower attachment. My wife
wants to just buy a regular one, but I think how great it would be to
ride instead of walk!
<< My wife wants to just buy a regular one, but I think how great it would be
to ride instead of walk! >>
Sometimes you need both, depends on your climate and property layout. If your
have a) frequent snowstorms, b) large driveway and c) limited sidewalks, get a
rider. If you have a), b), and d) lengthy sidewalks and paths, get both types
of machines. For d) only, a modest snowblower will do fine and for c), invest
in a fancy snowshovel. Your call. HTH
There are a few things to consider with a tractor mounted blower.
First, you'll have to find out if there is a blower attachment for your
My Agway branded, Murray built, tractor's blower attachment has a 4'
wide hopper (about twice the width of a walk behind blower), so you can
do twice as much in the same time. And with the more powerful tractor
engine, can blow the snow up to 25' away, depending upon the moisture
content. My down sloping driveway is 90+ feet long and 18' wide, and has
a 34' wide parking area at the top (we have 4 cars overnight here).
Now for the downsides.
You'll have to swap the mower deck with the blower twice a year. This
means rolling around on the floor or ground for about a half hour or
more, unhooking and hooking up things, and dragging hundreds of pounds
of stuff around (my blower attachment is about 6' long and its frame
runs almost to the back wheels).
You'll also have to keep the tractor readily available and in running
condition all winter long. With a blower attachment, your tractor will
be much longer. Mine grows to about 8' long and 4' wide, so it needs a
lot of storage and maneuverability space. You'll have to keep the
tractor facing out of whatever building it is parked in, so you can snow
blow your way out of the building. If you get heavy snowfalls (I have
had up to 14" in a single snowfall), it won't back out very well and
you'll find you have to shovel a path to get it out and turn around. I
keep mine backed up in the attached garage because the shed I keep it in
as a mower is unheated and uninsulated and I don't want to freeze my ass
while trying to unfreeze the choke and throttle cables to get it to start.
If you have more than 1 car parked in the driveway, you have to make
sure that none block your way out of the garage/shed. The tractor
mounted snowblower is less maneuverable than a walk behind. I like to
strategically position our 4 cars before it snows, so that I can snow
blow fresh snow, not snow that has been driven over and packed down by
positioning or moving cars around after it snows and before I get a
chance to provide a clear spot for them.
I sometimes have to clean the driveway twice during the day or evening
if it is a continually falling snow storm. I'd rather clear 6 or 8
inches of snow two times than 12" or 14" once.
Don't forget wheel weights and possibly tire chains. If you can get one
of those clear plastic canopy surrounds, you'll be better off. I hate
blowing dry snow and have the wind blow it back into my face.
I keep saying I'll buy one this year, but then I'm always hoping that it
may not snow anyway.
My last tractor had a small snow plow attachment, but with each snowfall
and the snow banks getting higher and wider on the driveway sides, my
driveway kept getting narrower.
All in all, I'm happy with my tractor mounted snowblower.
Excellent advice. It runs true to my experiences with a 18 HP Honda Harmony for
which I bought a big blower attachment. I really liked it. It made blowing a
breeze (in SE Michigan). Amazing throwing power. It made very quick work of my
120 foot driveway.
But it was hard to park in the garage and it was a pain to mount/unmount twice a
year. Yet if I had space to park it, I'd get one again.
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