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    Default Horse power ratings

    When buying a attachement. to hook up to a PTO. What PTO rating do you use. My tractor is a 23 HP MF. The rear PTO is 18.5 HP. Looking to purchase a meteor snowblower.

    The 51" recomended HP of 15
    The 60" recomended HP of 20

    So if i am reading what the manufacture says i should purchase the 51". This way i am sure to have enough power for the attachemnet. Am i correct?

    Thanks Scott
    Last edited by hoogy; 07-18-2009 at 09:07 AM. Reason: added

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    Default Re: Horse power ratings

    PTO rating for the attachment is the way to buy implements. If you can't drive the implement with enough power it wouldn't be working at full efficiency. Or it may work your tractor too hard. At least that is my understanding. I just have a 6' box blade to drag around and a Post hole digger that I haven't used yet. Other voices of reason may chime in here at any time. So stay within the rated PTO power for your tractors health I would think.
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    Default Re: Horse power ratings

    Quote Originally Posted by hoogy View Post
    When buying a attachement. to hook up to a PTO. What PTO rating do you use. My tractor is a 23 HP MF. The rear PTO is 18.5 HP. Looking to purchase a meteor snowblower.

    The 51" recomended HP of 15
    The 60" recomended HP of 20

    So if i am reading what the manufacture says i should purchase the 51". This way i am sure to have enough power for the attachemnet. Am i correct?

    Thanks Scott
    It's a very subjective measure. I would think you could run the 60" without too much problem, but if your tractor is not running at peak efficiency or it's tired, it might struggle. You might have to run in a lower gear. Might as well buy the 51". Nine inches is only about the length of......
    well, anyway, you'd probably do fine with the bigger one, but make sure the dealer will allow you to return it for the 51" just in case.

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    Default Re: Horse power ratings

    When they give you the horsepower ratings they are figuring on a full blower. A hydro is a nice thing to have as it leaves you flexible on your ground speed to make up for a little bit under on horsepower.

    I'd make sure that it will cover your wheel tracks with a few inches to spare on each side.

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    Default Re: Horse power ratings

    With 18.5HP, I would definately get the smaller one, unless you don't get much snow, or worse YET, WET snow.

    You will hate it if its bogging out all the time.
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