- Aug 18, 2014
- Nova Scotia, Canada
- CaseIH / MF / Kubota
How much weight do you have total with the loaded rears? I'm still trying to figure out what the magic weight/width ratio for snowblowers is. Another thread seemed to say you want at least 5 PTO HP / foot of snowblower width.
Each snowfall normally isn't enormous, its the drift that happens that really closes the driveway. I honestly couldn't tell you how much I get, but I'll attach pictures of one of the worst days last winter. GRANTED, this is the result of plowing for 2+ months and creating berms which just aggravate the drifting issue.
Tractor weighs around 8500lb with loader and 78" HD bucket + weight of snow blower. More than heavy enough for 78", others near me run an 84" on same size of tractor. The 84" usually are taller and bigger fan, might move more snow and take more power, but they were way more money when I priced. (50% more)
You can carry the blower off the ground to put all weight on the drive wheels until final clean up/
I ran a different 78" on a much smaller 38 PTO HP 2wd with no chains with minimal complaints.
64 PTO HP plays with 78" I usually end up pushing snow with the blower without tractor lugging down.
For what you are picturing worst day with drifts, I'd have no issue with my set up. 3-4 foot tall drifts for long distances do require some extra work to open up first pass.