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    Default Debris Blower

    Anybody out there familiar with any 3ph leaf/debris blowers? I have stumbled upon a few, but they all are designed for golf courses and such. I'm looking to buy or build a decent blower powered from the rear 3ph to help with my fall leaves. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Debris Blower

    I posted this a while ago, here it is again.

    I finished making a 3 pt leaf blower for my B2400 a couple of weeks ago. It is impressive how much air it will put out! I made a variable size nozzle for the discharge. With the nozzle full open it takes most of the 18 PTO HP to drive it.

    A friend gave me a basket-case industrial blower. I had to weld new metal to replace what was rusted through on the entire outer diameter of the blower housing. I also had to replace half the metal on the sides (cheeks). The rotor was in good condition. After all the new metal, two primer and two finish coats of paint it looks like new.

    The blower needs to turn at 2500 to 3000 RPM for the best output. To gear up from 540 RPM, I used two jack shafts. The first one is 1/38" dia. The PTO attaches to this. There is a 12" dia pulley that drives a 4" dia pulley on the 2nd shaft which is 1 1/8". Also on the 2nd shaft is a 6" dia pulley that drives a 3 1/4" pulley on the blower shaft (diameters are approximate). All these are two V-belt type pulleys. This results in a blower speed of 3100 RPM at a PTO speed of 540. The blower actually works well at a slower engine speed of 2000 RPM which is only 2400 RPM at the blower.

    I made the frame from c-channel and angle iron to connect the blower, jack shafts and 3 point hitch mounts.

    What used to take 2 to 3 hours with my 5 HP push blower takes about 15 min. with the PTO blower. It is also a lot more fun. I have to be carefull, since two times now, I have blown my wife's flowers near the mailbox right out of the ground, root ball and all. The blower puts out so much air that I typically have the adjustable discharge nozzle I made for it half closed. I also usually run it at only 2000 tractor RPM (PTO speed is at 2600 tractor RPM).

    Andy

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    Default Re: Debris Blower

    Andy,
    That sound like a pretty impressive blower, is there anyway of you posting pictures of it and especialy the multiple pully arrangement.
    In the private lake side development that I do work for, we have approx. 4 miles of dirt road that I blown clean when necessary. I clean them before we have the roads graded and several times in the fall for leaves etc.
    I now do the roads with Huskavarna backpack blowers which work very well, but a blower setup like yours would be the Cats Butt.

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    Default Re: Debris Blower

    I know that Agrimetal has a few 3pt blowers.
    I found their site at:
    http://www.agrimetal.com/framed_turf.htm
    then go to Leaf and Debris Blowers

    Don't know if this is what you have in mind, but I have rented one of these, and they have a chute that will adjust to blow to the right or left of the direction of travel. It is a serious blower.

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    Default Re: Debris Blower

    Mark, Sorry but unregistered users are not allowed to post pictures. I have been asking for that to be allowed for years, but it has never happened. Please don't ask me to register, we have been through that before.

    Andy

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    Default Re: Debris Blower

    Andy, would it be possible to email Mark the photos and he could post them? Just a suggestion.

    Bill C

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