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Reversing a snowblower

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Cow

02-03-2013 07:13:09
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I got this nice 3pt snowblower the other day.


Works good but I don't like backing up. The good news is its reversible... The bad news is to do that you have to swap the pto shaft around to the other side. The shear bolt yoke is rusted on there pretty good. Broke 2 harbor freight pullers on it already. Any ideas?

I'd love to just have another half of that shear bolt plate and I'd just leave this one and install the other on the other side- en if I want to reverse it again I just have a couple of bolts to remove.

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Ande

02-06-2013 07:19:31
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
Looks like a Lilliston snowblower



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Cow

02-06-2013 08:59:29
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Ande, 02-06-2013 07:19:31  
Hmm I wonder if by some miracle parts are available for them.
We got about 2" of snow on the ground so I gave her a try in reverse yesterday. First, wow that took less than half the time it did using the back blade. Second..... yeah I really want to get this thing turned around. It sways too much backing up and if you hit any concentration of snow you're pretty much backing up blind.
Also had to wear goggles to keep the snow out of my eyes.

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Diydave

02-03-2013 15:55:00
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
If it was mine, I'd leave the slip plate there, and make a new one for the other side. Measure the shaft, and order a bushing that fits, drill a hole in the bushing for the retainer pin, and weld a plate to the bushing, then machine the plate, and drill the shear bolt holes. When you put it all together, use Never-Sieze, and you'll always be able to remove it!

McMaster -Carr is a good place to order the bushing stock!

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Cow

02-03-2013 18:44:01
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Diydave, 02-03-2013 15:55:00  
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I like this idea but I don't have any way to machine something like that. I've got a small drill press so I could make the holes if I had something close enough that would fit over the shaft.



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Diydave

02-04-2013 16:33:22
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 18:44:01  
You might want to look through a catalog, of sorts, SC has scads of sprocket sizes, in weld a hub, and solid set screw types. The idea of the weld a sprocket, reminded me of this site:



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PJH

02-04-2013 09:37:11
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 18:44:01  
I'd check about using a WeldOn hub to fit the shaft, and a sprocket large enough to fit your needed bolt circle. You could carefully measure for the bolt holes and drill them on your drill press. No machining necessary. Those hubs and sprockets are in every farm store, and pretty cheap.



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Cow

02-04-2013 14:18:47
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to PJH, 02-04-2013 09:37:11  
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Can't seem to find any hubs with a 1-3/4 bore but I found this thing.
http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=370656298355&index=11&nav=SEARCH&nid=14086998857

I'll have to go measure everything again to be sure but that might be exactly what I need.



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RWK in WI

02-03-2013 13:51:40
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
Looking at the picture of the working side of the blower I am not sure if both of the breaker bars are in place along the shaft to the blower proper. You really need those breakers to be there for the snow to feed smoothly into the blower.
I have two blowers like yours and pulling them sure beats backing up. You also have more and probably slower gears. Good luck with yours.



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ss55

02-03-2013 13:15:33
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
How well do those V snowblowers work compared to dual auger snowblowers? Do they handle wet heavy snow pretty well or do they plug more easily?



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Tom from Ontario

02-05-2013 12:26:33
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to ss55, 02-03-2013 13:15:33  
No matter what kind of snow you are in, they plug more easily. Also that they throw one side or the other, period. They get the job done but not nearly as handy as an auger snowblower unless you have pretty well wide open driveways.



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LenND

02-03-2013 12:47:37
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
Years ago we changed an eight foot rotary from rear mount AC WD to a front mount IH 400. We mounted the snow blower on the DUAL loader and ran a shaft to the rear of tractor. Mounted a home made plate on rear of 400. Put a bearing and gear and then another gear on pto with speedchain. Worked good except 400 had narrow front wheels--bad deal.



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Paul

02-03-2013 12:38:14
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
Torch.

And a new bearing, that one is close enough to not survive....

Paul



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Fritz Maurer

02-03-2013 08:12:14
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
Please explain. Reversible? The rotor? The machine? How can you not run that thing backing up?



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Cow

02-03-2013 08:20:50
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Fritz Maurer, 02-03-2013 08:12:14  
Makes sense if you look at it. The 3pt mount unbolts, swaps to the other side. As does the pto shaft if I could get it off.




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Fritz Maurer

02-03-2013 08:28:31
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 08:20:50  
OK, that makes more sense. To answer your question, you will need a puller about 3 times the size of the one that you are showing. That shaft looks like it might be about 1-1/4", all rusted together. As stated before, a torch will be a requirement on this job.



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OH - 961

02-03-2013 08:08:53
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
When you say "reversible" how is that?
Do you put the hitch on the other side of it and pull it?

It would be nice if you could figure out a way to mount it on the front of the tractor and mount a PTO adapter to run a shaft underneath the tractor to power the blower. Just an idea.

Myron



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ben there

02-03-2013 07:45:04
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
use a harmonic balancer puller and a bluetip wrench [torch]



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Retired Farmer

02-03-2013 07:37:43
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 Re: Reversing a snowblower in reply to Cow, 02-03-2013 07:13:09  
Have a machine shop make you one.



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