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02-09-2011 04:34:49

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To all you real smart fellas that know a thing or two. I have an old 1953 Allis Chalmers CA thats is in very good condition......runs well. I want to install 3pt hitch snowblower for it. Am wondering what size would be appropriate. Overall width of rear tires out to out is 57". Do not want to stress tractor. Thanks

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Dakota Dave

02-11-2011 17:13:38

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-09-2011 04:34:49  
I have a 6"6" blower on the back of a WD45. if the snow is more than 6 to 8 inches I need to feather the hand clutch to keep the speed down. You can"t get a CA to go slow enough since you"ll need full throttle to run the blower. The CA clutch can"t take the abuse of slipping to slow down. Any blower wide enought to clear the wheel tracks will be to heavy to pickup and still keep the front on the ground.

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02-10-2011 05:36:23

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-09-2011 04:34:49  
To all you fellas that are answering my post......do you mean to tell me that my 22hp Allis CA could not handle a 60" snowblower? I don"t know where most of you live but hear in the Adirondacks the MOST snow ever at one time is 14" and that is usually powder fluff. I NEVER had frozen driffs. Heck.... my walk behind 8hp 26" will chew up 18" of powder like nothing.

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massey 333

02-10-2011 14:47:50

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-10-2011 05:36:23  
You can do whatever you want,but my first blower in 1970 was either a 60" or 66"and I saw times it was more then a 70+hp tractor with a reverse half the speed(2 vs your 3.5) of your CA could handle with out clutching.A snowblower is somethink that knows no limit to HP needs.Your dime but you have been warned.

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Clay in MI

02-10-2011 14:26:24

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-10-2011 05:36:23  
With your walk behind you have a selection of gears and can slow down the ground speed without slowing engine speed. Reverse on your CA is about 3.5 mph which is probably about what your walk behind is in its highest gear. To slow it down you'll have to slip the hand clutch. I don't believe the CA style clutch would stand up to that for many years and it's kind of pricey to replace. I've used a 7' blower on my WD and WD45 - it works but you are constantly feathering that hand clutch. But the WD hand clutch runs in oil and can handle slipping much better. Even on my D17 which has a low range I still find myself slipping the power director in heavy snow. If I had to use a CA I would rig up a 12 hp or so engine to mount in place of the PTO input. Then you could just idle the tractor in reverse while still maintaining auger speed on the blower. For what it's worth.

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M Nut

02-10-2011 07:13:04

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-10-2011 05:36:23  
We're both from MN, where we have drifts 4ft+ several times throughout the course of the winter. I've tried running my 7ft blower on my 55hp 170 Allis Chalmers, and it didn't work for crap. The 6070 Allis has it's hands full on an average snowfall here. If a blower on your CA works for you in your situation, that's great, but I think JMS/.MN had a very valid point about burning out the clutch very quickly on a CA trying to run a blower.

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02-10-2011 16:14:47

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to M Nut, 02-10-2011 07:13:04  
I appreciate all you fellas from MN and elsewheres giving your sound advise on snowblower. You all have some very valid points that are well taken. I"m a pretty smart guy..thats why I argumented this discussion. Heck these tractor dealers would sell me a 7 footer. I needed to do some sound research. The Ca is a nice little tractor.....especially this one. Its 100% restored and I know what parts cost. Keep warm.

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02-09-2011 17:01:51

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-09-2011 04:34:49  
You have about 22 hp, and no way you want to get outside of the rear wheel dimension for a blower width. You will be riding the dry hand clutch a lot on any decent snow depth, if your CA has the clutch, and you may very well burn it out...and that is spendy...as in 500-1000 or so. Cost wise,you"d be better with a bigger tractor, especially if you have to add a 3ph to the CA. Better to get a WD for $800 or so, with the wet clutch that you can ride all day. For the same money, you can have TWO to play with.

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M Nut

02-09-2011 07:23:32

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 Re: Snowblowers in reply to Wolfgang, 02-09-2011 04:34:49  
No more than 60" wide. Snow blowers take quite a bit of power to run. I run a 7ft on a 70hp tractor, and it makes it really grunt in deep snow.

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