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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Rear pull snowblower

    Hello:

    I bought an Eerskine about 8 years ago. Actually what I bought was a locally modified Erskine for rear pull. That was before Erskine started making their own.
    I live near Lake City Michigan and we get our share of snow. If you can drive through it and the tractor has enough power it will blow it.

    Good luck, nicholas

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    Default Re: Rear pull snowblower

    Thanks guys! As a follow-up, I found a deal on an Erskine 725RP -- 78" rear pull unit. The problem is, the 05 kubota manual shows the max width as 72" and max weight 720lbs. The weight of the 725RP is 1000#, even their 60" is 840#. The HP requirement for the Erskine is 30-50. My L4330 is 43HP and 36 PTO HP.

    I'm almost wondering if the specs for "snowblower" are intended for a rear PUSH blower and if I could COMFORTABLY get away with the 725RP. It's going to be a bummer if I have to drop lower as the blower will not clear the path behind my wide turf tires otherwise.


    Thanks for any insight!

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    Default Re: Rear pull snowblower

    Your tractor will handle the 725RP just fine. No worries about hp or weight. You'll like that the blower is wider than your wheel tracks. When you draw along a fence or parked car, etc. you can get closer by watching the blower and not worrying as much about where the rest of your tractor is.
    L5450, L48, L3250, L345, never enough attachments

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    The tractordata.com site shows your 3 point capacity as 2,760 lbs. That seems a more reasonable value. Also, you will have no trouble with the blower and your pto hp. I have no trouble with a 75" Meteor on my DK35 which has only 27.5 hp on the pto. Erskine is a great top of the line snowblower.

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    Default Re: Rear pull snowblower

    I have an opportunity to get the Meteor 75" w/ hydraulic chute as well. The Erskine will work out to be $1,000 more. Is the Erskine worth that much more?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindyT
    I have an opportunity to get the Meteor 75" w/ hydraulic chute as well. The Erskine will work out to be $1,000 more. Is the Erskine worth that much more?

    Thanks!
    The Meteor is a wonderful piece of equipment. You would not be sorry to save the $1000.

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    Lindy, did you end up buying a pull behind snowblower?

    Some people mentioned modifying a regular rear mount to pull behind. I'd be interested in how that would be done???
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    Quote Originally Posted by LindyT View Post
    Hello guys,

    I recently purchased a 2005 L4330HSTC - loving it so far. Had 700 hours, but well kept and maintained and will of course continue to be so.

    I bought the machine for rotary cutting 10 acres behind our home. I also bought it for plowing our driveway and the area around our 62x100 building -- all of which is paved.

    <img src="http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=278797"/>

    My initial thought was attaching a plow on the FEL, but with heavy Michigan snowfall, you run out of room for the snow -- plus, the plow is just obnoxious to maneuver around the circle drive, etc without damaging the lawn. I'm exploring blower possibilities. I'd prefer to keep the bucket and FEL to manage drifts, firewood, etc. The idea of blowing all that backwards isn't appealing to me, so I believe I'm settled on a rear pull-type blower such as the Erskine.

    The question is, are there any reasonably priced alternatives to the Erskine? I can't see paying $7-8k for a snowblower for non-commercial use. I've come across the meteor unit, but haven't found much information about them.

    Any insight would be appreciated and any thoughts on the rear pull from people who have used them in Michigan (or equiv.) winters would also be welcome. Naturally, one should expect to stay on top of snowfall - which with a heated cab, I don't think I'll mind doing -- a good escape from the wife and kids.

    Thanks in advance!
    Try a Meteor pull-type. I have one and have found it a very good implement. Cheaper than others I believe but sturdy. Consider a hydraulic operated chute. I had to figure a way to limit rotation to keep the snow off of me and the tractor. It no longer gets me!

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