Looking at the videos of the snow blower mouth of the tractor I see that the blower attachment is only a single stage blower. If you're talking about an area that gets any significance snow you definitely want one with two stages. The first stage runs slower and is the auger that breaks down list though and pulls it in. The second stage were as much faster to throw the snow. If you watch the video you can see the snow being thrown forward, this is snow that didn't go out the chute and is just recycling to be thrown out again!
Now you know why I recommended the Steiner tractor back when you were evaluating the mower. Throw on the snow cab, hook up the thrower to the PTO, and you're off to the races. The Steiner even uses engine heat in the snow cab.
Husqvarna says it is good for up to 10 degrees. That should answer your question.
That is Husqvarna's claim... but actual use in heavy snow may be another story. If the dealer would let me try the blower out and return it if it didn't work out, I'd bite for it... but if I own it after first use, I'll be pretty upset that I wasted money on something that can't do the job.
I'd like to believe the 10-degrees claim... but logical reasoning about the realities of snow and hills is making that a tough sell for me.
Y'know... if you take your good ol' time and let the tractor move at a reasonable pace, traction will not be an issue. Give the blower time to do its job instead of trying to horse it through the heavy stuff and you'll have no problem at all. It's when you try to hurry that everything bogs down and things start to slip. My Cub has some traction issues every once in awhile if I'm in a hurry. I have 168#of suitcase weights on a mounting bracket hanging off the rear end and it still slips occasionally. But if I don't try to crowd it, it rolls along just fine. I have a set of wheel chains for it, but the last couple of years I haven't bothered to put them on. If you take your time and let it do its job, you wont have any problems.
The best thing you can do for yourself to get the drive cleared down to bare pavement is get ti done before it's driven on at all. The skid shoes will ride up on hard-packed snow, keeping the scraper blade from getting all the way down to the pavement if you don't. -- Keep your eye on the ball, your shoulder to the wheel, your nose to the grindstone, and your ear to the ground. Now, try to work in that position!!!
It is very similar to mine, but I think the 13M is 2wd, so chains are allowed... and therein lies the problem for me. As far as I can tell, AWD Riders (like mine) cannot use chains nor wheel weights... only counterweights. The other issue in that video is that I don't think there is anything close to a 9 degree slope being plowed... it's relatively flat, which is not close to my situation.
I have a local dealer checking with Husqvarna tech support to confirm that chains and tire ballast are a no-no. If they are not recommended but are allowed and won't damage the machine... then it's time to consider a blower and/or snow blade. If not, I think I will then go with the track-drive snowblower option.
What's so impressive about that? It's not doing anything any other snow blower couldn't do, tracked or wheeled.
Truthfully, I've seen video of the track-drive snowblowers, but always on relatively flat land. I'd like to see a video of one blowing up and down a steep driveway. For all the marketing hype, I'd like to see the performance when the rubber hits the road. For all I've seen, my AWD with a blower might perform just as well/poorly... tough to say without seeing it firsthand.
That's the deal really isn't very impressive. Going uphill he wasn't blowing any snow, he was only following the path he made going downhill. In addition the ground is very loose and easy to get traction on, a regular snow blower with chains would do just as well!
That's the deal really isn't very impressive. Going uphill he wasn't blowing any snow, he was only following the path he made going downhill.
That's the way to do it. Blow the snow on the way down, when gravity is helping you improve traction, and let it carry its weight only back up, when the traction you do have on the slippery surface already has plenty to do.
Our driveway is somewhere between 12-14% slope to the road. It's a state road so the end of the driveway gets heavy wet snow. We needed a beefy snow blower to handle it. I went with Arien's Deluxe 24 and it's been working great. -- IF YOU FIND ANY MISTAKES IN MY WORK...Please consider that they are there for a purpose. I try to please everyone and there is always someone looking for mistakes!
Again, that looks cool, but even with the dualie wheels, I would have to question performance on a consistent 9-degree slope. it's not the width and speed that's the issue as much as it's the traction on the way up (and also on the way down).
It's a state road so the end of the driveway gets heavy wet snow.
Was not aware the authority responsible for maintaining the right-of-way determined the type and density of snowfall accumulation!
Then I'm glad I could broaden your knowledge! -- IF YOU FIND ANY MISTAKES IN MY WORK...Please consider that they are there for a purpose. I try to please everyone and there is always someone looking for mistakes!
I believe the statement referred more to the accumulation of wet/slush deposited at the end of the driveway by the snow plows. I get that around here. Seems it never fails that I just get the drive done and the city decides to send the plows around for one more pass and the end of the drive gets buried with slush. Fortunately, my Cub makes short work of all that "gunk". I have learned to delay as long as possible, before cleaning my drive.
I remember some years ago, we seemed to get a lot of very heavy snows during the day, and the slush the plows deposited at the ends of the drives in the neighborhood had a distinct tendency to freeze in a solid mass right after dark. I helped out a lot of the neighbors that year... just clearing the bottom 15' of their drives after the plows went through. At that was with my old, smaller tractor and 40" blower. The new Cub 2550 w/42" blower just eats up that stuff and tosses it aside.
I have found, through "trial & error", over the years, is that traction is no problem if you get to the drive before it has been driven on and packed down. I used to need chains on my old Cub, but the new one is considerably heavier, so far, the chains have been unnecessary. The suitcase weights I have on the back serve more to counter-balance the snow-blower attachment hanging off the front than they do for traction. I'm sure they do aid the traction, but I'm not sure they're necessary. -- Keep your eye on the ball, your shoulder to the wheel, your nose to the grindstone, and your ear to the ground. Now, try to work in that position!!!
I own a big beast of a track driven snowblower. It does an fine job, but pivoting and turning can require a little more physical effort than a wheeled machine. A lot of how your blower performs has to do with what kind of snow you're moving - light powder vs. packed wet snow. I'd dread having to move wet snow while on a steep grade, everything gets slippery. My driveway is chipped limestone. My first winter blowing it out was last year, but like someone else commented, you purposly leave some snow down to pack and create a nice hard surface so you don't end up sending chips all over your lawn. I just set the skis higher about an inch on the front of the blower. In the long and short of it, I don't think there's a huge benefit/difference between track driven or wheel driven blowers. Track drives just look more kick-ass. -- "There are no dangerous weapons, only dangerous men." - Sgt. Zim.
Hi Jim. I've read your dilemma, I've watched all of the videos, and I'm from Westport, so I'm very familiar with your environment. I think this is going to bug me until I post.
Every video gave me the same feeling inside. You get your share of heavy, wet snow in Connecticut - more than the light, fluffy stuff. I honestly don't think you will be happy with any attachment you decide on for your Swedish Rider. It doesn't move fast enough and you know the wheels are going to slip. The tires on it now are designed to be easy on turf, so I can't imagine they'd be worth a damn in the snow.
I bought a very nice used Toro two stage a few years ago. I was shoveling a 100 foot driveway for years, and decided I had had it and found a great deal on the blower. Big, powerful son-of-a-bitch. Well, it made the job a lot easier, but I was still out there for an hour or two (depending on the amount of snow), only this time I was freezing my ass off because I wasn't working my body.
That's when I decided to look into an atv. It was the best decision I could have made, and I was still unaware that we'd be buying a house three months later with a much longer driveway. 340 feet from the road to my attached garage, and then another 230 feet around to the buildings in the back. Not only does it handle any amount of any kind of snow, including the heavy crap the plows leave at the end of our driveways, but it never slips and the added speed available is a lot of help when encountering high, dense snow drifts. The speed and momentum allows it to handle anything. Plus, I can't forget to mention it is a very fun way to do something we all find a pain in the ass to do, as well.
If you have the funds and the space to store it - this is what I'd strongly suggest. You can also use it for a lot of other tasks, depending on the size of your property.