Front-Mounted, Independently-Powered Snow Blowers


| 4/25/2018 9:48:00 AM


Tags: snowblower, off grid, Ed Essex, Washington State,

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We live at the 4200' elevation in the Okanogan Highlands of Eastern Washington. Our access road is three miles long with an elevation gain of 1,000'. This past year we had a record snowfall of over 9 feet.

I have an 8-foot snow plow I've been using for the past eight years. It does the job well but two years ago we had almost 7 feet of snow and for the first time I ran out of room to put the plowed snow. If you plow snow you know what I'm talking about. I made multiple trips down the hill and pushed snow off the road where I could and as far as I could but it wasn't enough. We ended up hiring a big dozer to come in and push the piled up plowed snow off the road and over the edge where we could. It cost $550 for the dozer.

We never used to get this much snow but weather patterns change and I was going to have to do something different. Hiring a dozer is fine but I like to do things myself and buying a dozer of that size wasn't worth it. I went online and started looking at alternatives, mainly snow blowers.

95% of the snow blowers for tractors mount on the 3 point hitch and you have to drive backwards to remove snow. That wasn't going to work for me on my road! I have a Case 55 HP diesel tractor. They make a front load snow blower but it requires more hydraulic power than I have. Most of the other major brands have a front mount blower design as well but again you have to have enough hydraulic power to run one. Most compact tractors don't have that kind of hydraulic capacity. You can also get a snow blower that mounts on the front of your tractor and is connected mechanically by rods/frame that run from the front of the tractor to the rear and connects to your PTO. I wanted something simpler.



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