Re: Should I get a snow blower attachment?
It probably takes me around 45 minutes to an hour to put it on, which means installing the subframe, attaching the blower itself, running and tightening the belt (there is a very nice setup for doing that), running the electric cable and the chute cable. But, that is working rather slowly, since bending and pulling is tough on me. The part I like the least is setting up the linkage for snow blower use. There is a pin that has to be moved to a different hole, and until I got the hang of it, was a pain. Now it's easy, but requires me to lie under the machine. It's so much easier without the subframe on, and it took me once or twice to remember to do it before putting the subframe on.
I rely on the spring that attaches to the bumper to help me lift. It still take a bit of effort, but it's not bad. Without that spring, it's a bear to lift!
I agree, raising the blower reduces drag, but removes weight from the rear wheels. I inflate my front tires to their max to ease steering while maneuvering in the garage. Once outside, especially on snow/ice, the steering is light again. I reduce the rears to around 10 PSI to help traction. I may be brave this year and skip the chains. I'm wondering if they cost me traction, since they are steel against pavement. There is nothing for them to dig into, and perhaps the rubber against the pavement would work better.
From what I've read on this forum, the single stages work well. The trick, I hear, is to feed them fairly fast in order to keep the snow moving in the chute so it doesn't clog.
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2006 Conquest, 54" deck, Vanguard engine