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How much HP to run a snowblower

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d wil

11-27-2011 13:56:53
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Looking buying a double auger 7 ft arps 3 point blower. Will my Massey 240 [45PTO Hp] be able to run this? How about my Ford 2310 [ 38 PTO HP] thanks in advance. Dave




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d wil

11-28-2011 12:35:51
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
Thanks for all the replies, I do have a Ford 1720 also that I did not even consider!



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paul

11-27-2011 20:10:18
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
I run a 7 foot, 2 stage, single auger blower here in MN. It's a small fan, and rated for 45 hp or so.

I've run it with a 85 hp Ford 7700, a 45 hp Ford 960, and a 27hp NH 1720.

Hp really doesn't matter so much. Live or independent pto is needed, and a slow slow slow reverse will make anything work out fine.

When the snow is deep, I need to stop with any of the 3 tractors.

The worst is the 960, which only has one reverse gear, a tad fast.

I kinda prefer the little 1720 with 3 reverse gears, nimble and light & has the loader on front to push snow around. The 7700 is nice for the cab, of course.

Anyhow, snowblower isn't all about raw hp, it's about gear selection more I think.

--->Paul

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RodInNS

11-27-2011 19:48:36
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
You can probably run it... but twice the power would be advisable.
I run a 6'6" McKee on a Ford 3930 @ 45 hp and it's more than enough blower for the tractor. At the same time... the width is not overly relevant. It's the size of the impellar, it's efficiency, and the amount of snow you force into it. Not all blowers are created equal... and this old McKee is actually quite efficient. Others like Allied are not.... Regardless you have a load for those tractors.

Rod

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Jerry/MT

11-27-2011 19:19:23
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
I have an ARPS Model 70 84" double auger blower and so far my Ford 4610 (46 pto hp)handles it. I have yet to have a real good test of it with something like 18 inches of snow so I have to qualify my statement. The owners manual says 50-70 hp is required.



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DiyDave

11-27-2011 18:13:08
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
I operate a 7'woods dual stage, with a D-10 Allis, about 35 HP. It does have the HiLo transmission. It bows snow up in the air, and right down my neck, just fine, in Rlo, or Rhi!



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Fordfarmer

11-27-2011 15:21:42
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
I have run a 6' on my 4600 - it's all the 4600 wants to run if there is any amount of snow. If your Massey has a s-l-o-w reverse, it will probably work, but more h.p. would be advisable.



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gregger

11-27-2011 14:07:51
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
i have 7' also and have a 970 case on it 95 hp i think it is and depends on the snow how wet it is but my first pass it get a hell of a work out after that i take 1/2 about 3'



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gr8bunny

11-27-2011 14:03:59
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 Re: How much HP to run a snowblower in reply to d wil, 11-27-2011 13:56:53  
Do not know the tractors, but if they are HYDRO power you will need about 35% more horsepower. I have always been told that about 5 to 6 horsepower per foot and assumes that you do it after each snow. If you decide to do the bank from the big snow plows all bets are off. Go slow also. Like 2 MPH...



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