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Which tractor to choose for snowblower

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chas036

11-14-2017 09:57:16




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I want to get a 6ft 3 point snowblower and I already have a 620 . I also have the the option to buy a 720D and a 3020 with syncro transmission. Of these tractors, which would be the best to run pto driven snowblower in reverese? I know the reveres speed of the 620 and 720 is a little high like 3.5 mph, but I am not sure of the reverse speed for the 3020. The tire size on the 3020 is 18.4 x 34 which seems a little small, so would that make the reverse speed even slower?

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VicS

11-15-2017 13:57:05




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
You can standup and drive the 620 and the 720. I would pick one of them. I have slipped the clutch on a 50 till it was smoking. They can take quite a lot of slipping. Easy to adjust and easy to change.



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2002sliverado

11-15-2017 08:25:14




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
I have a 6 1/2 foot blower my father had on a 3020 gas tractor for years. It is a McKee, and is over 40 years old, but a decent blower. I now have it on a comparable sized IH Hydro, which is a really nice rig. Of the tractors you cite, I would take a 3020 any day over a 2 cylinder for that type of task. I would also add the 4 cylinder in the 3020 with the harmonic balancer is a slow responding engine to changes in engine speed. Past experience with this on other PTO driven implements has been the 3020 is less prone to break sheer bolts versus some of the other tractors, of which one was a 4020. That 4020 constantly broke sheer bolts in a forage blower, while the 3020 did not. The uneven power strokes of the 2 cylinder tractor has been cited as being a bit hard on pto knuckles, so I would generally draw the same conclusion with respect to sheer bolts. A 3020 powershift would be my first choice, then a 3020 with syncro. I have pushed and blown snow. I have not used a 2 cylinder for either, but the back and forth movement for blowing or pushing, I don't think I would want to do it with a hand clutch. I also think trying to "feather" a hand clutch in tough blowing conditions would be rather difficult. I now have "the ultimate" snow blowing tractor with the hydro. My second choice from that would be the power shift transmission.

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Roger in Iowa

11-15-2017 07:49:46




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
IS it possible you could get a snow blower for the front of the 3020? It should have the front pto under the belly of the tractor. Then you get the snow away from you, don't have to look back, and it goes really slow in first gear.



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ss55

11-15-2017 05:49:02




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
If you need slow reverse speeds and are set on a 1950's, 1960's Deere tractor, you might try looking for a Power Shift transmission. 3020 Operator's Manual #OM-R34406R lists reverse speeds at 2100 RPM PTO speed as: 3.3 and 5.2 MPH for a 3020 Syncro-Range; and 1.8, 2.6, 4.0 and 5.2 MPH for a 3020 Power Shift. These are all with 15.5-38 tires.

Snow blowers take a lot of power in deep snow. A 4020 will have about 50 percent more power for about the same price as a 3020. An ear-beater cab with a heater would keep you warm and dry when blowing snow.

Your 620 might be a better loader tractor than a snow blower tractor. A JD #45 trip-bucket loader with an 80 inch snow bucket can be found for $150 to $500. I'm not a fan of using a loader on a 2 cylinder Deere, but they have pushed and piled a lot of snow over the years.

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Brendon-KS

11-14-2017 15:44:21




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
The Nebraska test report shows the slowest reverse speed of the 3020 at 3.3 mph at 2100 rpm engine speed so that isn't much slower than the other tractors you mention. The 18.4-34 tires would actually be large for a 3020 - they are a couple inches larger in diameter than the 15.5-38's that were used for the test so the ground speed would be a few tenths faster.



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centash

11-14-2017 14:41:08




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
The 3020.....Backing up blowing snow is awkward enough without having to feather a hand clutch. Ben



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Mike M

11-14-2017 11:37:26




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
My neck hurts just thinking about it. lol.

Got to be a better option ? Saw an old versatile at an equip. jockey last year. IIRC you have a 3 pt and pto on both ends.



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hotflashjr

11-14-2017 11:11:04




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
You want live PTO and the slowest reverse speed. If the 620 has a live PTO I think that has the slowest reverse out of the 3 however the lowest HP. If the 620 does not have live PTO go with something else.

I run a 3pt snowblower on my 1010 without live pto and it is geared a bit faster than I'd like given that scenario. I do more stopping, putting in neutral, clearing out the blower, then shifting back to reverse than I really would like. In the long run I go out a few times during a snow storm and take small bites and it works best but still not as easy as it could be.

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coonie minnie

11-14-2017 10:04:59




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 Re: Which tractor to choose for snowblower in reply to chas036, 11-14-2017 09:57:16  
The 3020.



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