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    Default Finding a front-end snow blower for a JD4200 tractor

    I have a JD4200 and currently use a rear mounted Meteor (Walco) 59" snow blower. However, back issues and surgery now limit my ability to turn around in the seat to watch the rear attachment. I am trying to find a front end snow blower or a third party adaptor kit so that I can mount a front end blower. Ideally I would like to use my existing blower with a gear reducer at the fron end. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Finding a front-end snow blower for a JD4200 tractor

    You might want to look at something like this:

    Front Mount Snowblower - Erskine Attachments, Inc.

    Make sure you're sitting down when you price one out, they are not cheap.

    In the end I went with the factory solution when I bought my Kioti.

    You can see a picture of the blower and the subframe in the first picture in this post:

    http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/k...-toy-just.html

    The blower itself it 100% rear mount but the 3 pt mounts have been replaced with a quick hitch system and there is a step down gearbox to take the 2000 RPM mid PTO to 540 RPM.

    Overall it's a pretty slick system and I wouldn't go back to a rear mount.

    Jason

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    Default Re: Finding a front-end snow blower for a JD4200 tractor

    Thanks Jason.
    You are right about the cost. I was horrified when I contacted the John deere dealership - so I tried third party refits but all were over $6,000.
    That covers a lot of snow blowing by the guy down the road. I'm really conflicted - I'm surprised that it is so expensive - is it simply that there is not the demand? I guess rear mounts being cheaper explains why they remain so popular, eh?
    Anyway, appreciate your reply.
    Take care my fellow Canuck!

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    Default Re: Finding a front-end snow blower for a JD4200 tractor

    There's a company in South Dakota name of Lorenz that makes a setup for the front of the tractor where you can use your rear-mount snow blower. These hook to the rear PTO shaft and reverse its rotation. I bought a used setup from a guy down state for about $ 800, I understand they retail for about $3K. Maybe there is a Canadian company making something similar. You guys know a lot about snow up there. Still, $3k is better than $6K.

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    Default Re: Finding a front-end snow blower for a JD4200 tractor

    Thanks TCJako for your reply. I have seen mention of Lorenz in my research but haven't found a company yet around here - I have a lot of 'feelers' out and so hope to hear something soon. Again thanks.

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    Default Re: Finding a front-end snow blower for a JD4200 tractor

    You could also look at using a hydraulic motor/pump combo and mount your current blower up front.

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