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Help 2 snowblowers available, What's the difference

Looking into putting a snowblower onto my JD L120 for next winter. I have a k66 int it and I'm pretty sure it would handle it well. While searching craigslist I came across two different models and was wondering what are the differences between the two and are there any other brands/models that were used other then the JD brand that are recommended.
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https://albany.craigslist.org/bar/5971536066.html

https://watertown.craigslist.org/grd/5996620597.html
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Re: 2 snowblowers available, What's the difference

The John Deere version is going to be much more heavy duty and will probably last a little longer. It also looks like it's in better condition rust wise. The cheaper version I believe is made by Agri-fab by the looks of the pictures, it has inferior construction of the gearbox between the augers. I had one just like it on a sears craftsman tractor, threw snow fine but the construction was not that good. I think the John Deere has a cast iron gearbox vs cheap metal bolted together halfs on the other. The Agri-fab also ate shear pins a lot. I had to replace the cable that locks the blower in the upright position in just one year and the cheapest I found it was $30. I'm not sure of the John Deere has the exact same type or something better. If it is the same it is a weak point. The best way to make it last is to not store it outside, lubricate to keep rust away, and make sure you depress the handle all the way and hear it click before you try to raise or lower the blower or you will stress it out.

I believe they both have plastic chutes but the John Deere can be replaced with a metal one and I believe there are threads on this forum that tell how.

The skid shoes on the Agri-fab version are garbage compared to what's on the John Deere and you will replace them often. there are a couple really good options for upgrading the skid shoes on the John Deere should you want something better than factory.

I think the John Deere Is heavier which might make it better in that respect. The Agri-fab intake opening is 2 inches taller but the John Deere is 2 inches wider so I consider it even there.

My next-door neighbor has the John Deere version and he loves it. I watch it working every big snowstorm up here in Maine and it has been a stellar performer. When it comes down to the other one, I sold off the craftsman tractor and the agri-fab blower after being disappointed with its abilities and I currently own a 335 with a single stage blower all John Deere and it does so much better.

in my humble opinion you'd be better off buying the John Deere one but I suggest you do your research carefully to make an informed decision. Good luck

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Re: 2 snowblowers available, What's the difference

Actually there Both considered Deere Products the lightning 42" snow" was Just Made by a aftermarket Manufacturer for Deere it's actually the OEM Model for a L120 That said I would go with the Newer 44inch because it will fit the L120 and Deere Makes a electric lift kit for the 44inch on the 100 series tractors as well and the Only difference Between it & the Blower Made for the X300/X500 series is the Blower sub frame

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