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Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower?

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Chuck Luedtke

01-05-2008 12:14:56

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I found an 8 foot McKee snowblower, model 740 for sale. It is obviously pretty old, but the price is reasonable. Will a WD45 diesel run it and lift it? thanks for the help..

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01-06-2008 11:49:15

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 Re: Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower? in reply to Chuck Luedtke, 01-05-2008 12:14:56  
Maybe fair,but not great.That hand clutch going backwards isn't going to be too comfortable to use.I may be wrong but that 740 should be a single auger 7 foot machine,not 8 ft.The 8 ft.machines had a 8xx number.McKee was one if not the best smaller blowers made,The JDs,Ints.and New Ideas were all McKees.

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Clay in MI

01-05-2008 20:55:31

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 Re: Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower? in reply to Chuck Luedtke, 01-05-2008 12:14:56  
This winter I've been running a 7' IH twin auger blower on my WD. The book says it weighs 950 pounds. Now that the road base is frozen it walks right through 8" of snow. Previously I was having traction trouble (no chains or fluid). As others have said, more power would be better but it should work. When in really deep snow you may have to make a pass with the blower lifted 6" then come back and clean up.

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01-05-2008 19:01:51

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 Re: Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower? in reply to Chuck Luedtke, 01-05-2008 12:14:56  
I have two WD's, one turned around backwards w/ loader with quick tatch 3 point blower mounted to loader, I just got it for the last snow, but so far it does pretty good, just a few bugs to work out, very minor. A seven foot cut is all it has, but it seems to handle it ok. The other is a regular WD. It also has seven foot blower on it. The backwards one I like much better because with the rear mounted one it's hard to turn around backwards while operating the hand clutch with a hooded sweat shirt on. The regular WD has a loader and does not have power steering so it adds to the confusion. You will certianly have enough power, but like anything more power is better. If there are no drifts and powder type snow the regular WD will take 12 inches with no problem, and no need to slip the clutch in reverse. Drifts and wet snow means slower speed needed. I perhaps have alot to learn about WD snap coupler / traction boosters, but I would like to just lift the blower two inches to transfer the weight. I find it terrible hard to keep the weight transfered properly, either it climbs or it is in the drop /float (landscaping position). I tell everyone I have the wet snow / hard to blow problem figured out so the blower does not plug. I simply add lots of gravel and dirt to the mixture. This year in Iowa we have no frost under the snow in grass type areas so landscaping goes along with snow removal. Chains are a must in my opinion in any snow that has ice under the snow. Snow blowing with any blower and no cab makes you a expert on wind direction in a real big hurry.

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01-06-2008 12:14:11

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 Re: Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower? in reply to NE IA, 01-05-2008 19:01:51  
Have you tried adjusting the hydraulic system for the "hold" position? Details are on the battery box decal, or in the operator manual. I reversed a WD for a loader in the 70s- that traction is fantastic!

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01-05-2008 17:51:00

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 Re: Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower? in reply to Chuck Luedtke, 01-05-2008 12:14:56  
It can run it, especially if the snow is not too deep. Good match? No. Hand clutch will give you live pto, but you better have chains on to creep along. Lifting should not be a problem.

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01-05-2008 12:40:26

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 Re: Will a WD45 run an 8 foot McKee snowblower? in reply to Chuck Luedtke, 01-05-2008 12:14:56  
I would guess an 8 footer would take 80 HP... That snow is heavy and takes a lot of power and the reverse gear on the 45 is pretty fast..

Not exactly a great combination..


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