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Garden Tractors Discussion Forum

TORO(wheelhorse) snowblower attachment?

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08-30-2003 08:18:01

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I have a Toro Wheelhorse model 314, 500 series garden tractor. I'm thinking of buying the "two stage" snowthrower attachment they sell. The price I've seen is $1600.00. I live in Mass., so I can definitly use it. But my questions are-
Does it really throw the snow, even the wet stuff?
Is 14hp enough to drive this attachment?

I look forward to your reply, thanks

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William Pearson

09-01-2003 14:01:40

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 Re: TORO(wheelhorse) snowblower attachment? in reply to Steve, 08-30-2003 08:18:01  
Steve , The two stage snow thrower from Wheel Horse is a BIG BOY and takes at least 16 horse power to operate it . I would save some money by purchasing the single stage unit and a used Wheel Horse snow blade also (it's the best in the buisness). There used to be a picture on the internet of a guy in Michigan on a Wheel Horse with the two stage blowing snow OVER the roof of his house from half way down his drive way ! Bill in Richmond , Va.

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09-01-2003 07:16:03

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 Re: TORO(wheelhorse) snowblower attachment? in reply to Steve, 08-30-2003 08:18:01  
Agreed. A 314 is a 300 series Wheel Horse... I have a 1997, 314-8, 14hp Kohler manual-collarshift transmission tractor. I have the Wheel Horse single stage snow "thrower" attachment model #79360. I've found this combination works great in most snow conditions. Of course I have chains and weights on the rear wheels to help with traction. I typically have plenty of power when throwing snow; however, one just needs to be patient with the collar shift transmission during directional changes...

The only problem I have with this outfit is lifting the weight of the snow thrower attachment manually (my 314 doesn't have hydraulics). Unless you have hydraulics, you'll need some "young" muscles to lift the (I'm assuming) even heavier two stage snow blower. If you go with this combination, start pumping iron now; and, reserve a few sick days for pulled left shoulder muscles...

Based on my experience of living in New Hampshire since 1978, I'd recommend spending $1600 on a big/quality dedicated snow blower; versus, a tractor attachment. You can buy a lot of snow blower for $1600, especially in the off season. The storage space is a wash; and, you won't have to deal with mounting; and, removing the attachment in the Fall/Spring. I especially like the Honda models with track drive; but, they are a tad more expensive.


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08-31-2003 16:22:05

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 Re: TORO(wheelhorse) snowblower attachment? in reply to Steve, 08-30-2003 08:18:01  
Have a 48" single stage on a JD 140 (14hp) that has done an awsome job for years. You may want to invest in tire chains, wheel weights, and perhaps even more weight on the rear however.

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Al m

08-31-2003 06:55:41

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 Re: TORO(wheelhorse) snowblower attachment? in reply to Steve, 08-30-2003 08:18:01  
I addapted a 44" two stage toro to my jd 300 (16 hp) last year.These blowers are awsume(I live in eastern ontario,lots of snow).I found it to be well made and very efficient.

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08-30-2003 16:02:47

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 Re: TORO(wheelhorse) snowblower attachment? in reply to Steve, 08-30-2003 08:18:01  
Well, the 314 is a 300 Series and a 520 would be the 500 Series. The 314 might handle a 2 stage, not sure. That type takes alot of hp to operate. They do well with wet snow I have heard. I have a 1995 42" WH Single stage and it will do wet snow but doesn't throw it far. I use it on a 1981 C-175 Twin Auto which is a 17hp Kohler Twin...

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